A health fair that makes a lasting difference

November 1, 2017

Stop Six Community Health Fair graphic

Stop Six Community Health Fair

Nov. 4, 2017

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Eugene McCray Community Center

4932 Wilbarger St.

By Alex Branch

About 50 UNT Health Science Center students will hold a community health event Saturday, Nov. 4 in the medically underserved neighborhood of Stop Six in Fort Worth.

Free health and eye screenings, immunizations, glucose tests, body mass index measurements, information on free cancer screenings and cancer support services, insurance sign-ups and other services will be provided to adults and children, said Giovanny Destin, a 2nd-year medical student and President of the Campus Chapter of the Student National Medical Association.

Medical students, as well as those from other UNTHSC programs, organized the fair and distributed flyers in the Stop Six neighborhood, an area bordered by Rosedale Street to the north, Miller Street to the west, Loop 820 to the east and Berry Street to the south.

“Serving others first is one of our core values, so we wanted to make a difference for a community in Fort Worth where too many people live without adequate health care services,” Destin said.

Destin, who is originally from upstate New York, taught for two years at nearby Polytechnic High School before he entered the Texas College Osteopathic Medicine. He saw firsthand the challenges faced by many students in the neighborhood.

“A lot of people don’t go to the doctor regularly either because they don’t have time or enough money,” Destin said. “Our goal isn’t just to provide them health services on Saturday but to connect them to health information and resources that can make a lasting difference.”

JPS Health Network and UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Institute are among the community health providers that will join the students at the health fair.

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