Serving the Local Community
On Sunday, May 18, 2013, Jamaica Awareness Association of California and its Medical Committee, chaired by Claudette Coleman, held its Second Annual Community Health Fair at Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School in Los Angeles, CA.
JAAC volunteers for this community service event included three physicians, eight registered nurses, a
dietician, and an HIV van. In addition, JAAC was assisted by volunteers from Bethune Middle School and the community including Mr. Roger Farrier, Ms. Lucy Lopez, Ms. Lorena Herrera, and Dr. Mildred Terrell.
JAAC and its volunteers served over 20 families during the course of three hours. The families received services including physician consultation, blood pressure screening, dietary consultation, glucose screening, and HIV screening. JAAC wishes to thank Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Middle School and its staff, and the JAAC volunteers for graciously providing their time, talent and expertise for this worthy event.
On Sunday May 19, 2013 The Health Fair continued in the parking lot of State Farm Insurance in Inglewood where another 22 families received blood pressure and glucose screening, as well as education on the prevention of hypertension and diabetes.
JAAC participates in Los Angeles Community Projects
Over the past 26 years, Jamaica Awareness Association of California (“JAAC,”) has had a primary focus, vision and goal to assist those who are in need nationally and in Jamaica. In continuing this rich tradition, JAAC in 2011/2012, engaged in several important activities in order to meets its goals and objectives.
A Tradition of Caring and support
JAAC has a tradition of providing food items to needy families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons and 2012. On December 17, 2011, JAAC reached out to the Inglewood community and sponsored Christmas Dinner Packages for five families from Inglewood High School. We worked closely with representatives of Inglewood High to identify these families and also to ensure that we provided items that were beneficial during the holiday season.
We always continued our tradition of providing for the medical needs of other with our First Annual Health Fair. The fair took place on March 18, 2012, at Christ The Good Shepherd Church located at 3303 W. Vernon Avenue, Los Angeles.
Our Medical Committee Chair, Claudette Coleman and others, pooled a number of volunteers from the medical profession to offer their time, talent and service to the community. These volunteers included doctors, nurses, and dieticians, among others. Several members of the church and broader community attended the event and were provided with advice and information including physician consultation, blood pressure screening, and dietary consultation.
Volunteer for the upcoming Health Fair
The Medical Committee is at work in planning the next Health Fair and is always looking for volunteers who are willing and able to provide their time, talents and efforts in serving our communities.