APARN Health Fair in Renton to Provide Medical Screenings, Preventive Healthcare Information, Multilingual Assistance
Everest College students volunteer time, expertise for Sept. 22 event
On Saturday, Sept. 22, Everest College-Renton students enrolled in the school’s allied health programs will roll up their sleeves and perform health screenings at the APARN Health Fair, a one-day event to promote preventive healthcare and raise awareness of healthcare issues in the community. The fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Everest College in Renton (981 Powell Ave. SW, #200, Renton, WA 98507).
In partnership with health fair host APARN, (Asian Pacific American Resource Network), Everest College will work with Washington State Dental Service Foundation and the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services to perform multiple health screenings, as well as provide information about healthcare resources. Everest students from various programs will perform blood pressure checks, measure blood glucose levels and body mass index, give complimentary chair massages, offer Department of Social and Health Services application assistance and escort participants throughout the fair. Dental services will also be offered.
At the fair, experts will review health insurance plans and answer questions about Medicare, prescription drug plans, social security, Washington State Medicaid programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. They will also be on hand to assess eligibility and assist with application to state programs and Medicare prescription drug plans. Information, materials and language interpretation will be available in English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, Punjabi and Hindi.
Elyane Harney, president of Everest College-Renton, said that while the health screenings are a great opportunity for the underinsured, multilingual access to information is the most unique benefit of the fair. “The Renton-Seattle area has high diversity, and many of our community members have limited access to information because their primary communication is in a different language. This event last year was tremendously beneficial in helping residents access healthcare resources that they otherwise wouldn’t have known about.”
Since 2005, the demographic diversity in King County has risen by 28%, with one in five residents speaking a language other than English at home, according to a 2011 report by the King County Department of Community and Human Services. Renton alone boasts 35% diversity, comparable to demographics of the greater Seattle area. In 2009, household spending on medical care and insurance costs reached $3,906 for the average Renton household, up 34% since 2005, according to a 2010 ESRI report and 2005 Claritas report for the City of Renton.
APARN community organizer Boliver Choi has worked with the underinsured for years, and believes health and social services awareness to be a vital issue.
“In Washington, nearly one in seven people from birth to 64 years old are uninsured,” said Choi. “So many of our neighbors and friends stand to benefit from this kind of outreach. Everest and our other partners have been very generous with their time and expertise, and without that manpower, we’d be unable to help as many individuals as we do. With their help, we are working toward expanding public resources and improving the quality of life in our community.”
The Asian Pacific American Resource Network is a consortium of community healthcare organizations, government entities, and social services agencies who work together as a resource for the Asian and Pacific American community. The consortium is grounded in each organizations’ commitment to collaborate in order to gain full participation in health and social services arena. We are a coalition in Washington State that comprises both public and private non-profit organizations that address APA health and social services issues. Our mission is to provide a forum for APARN member organizations to network and to maximize resources for the improvement of the quality of life in our community.
About Everest College
Everest College provides career-oriented diploma and degree programs in healthcare, criminal justice, skilled trades, business, paralegal, and information technology. Programs vary by campus. Everest College has eight campuses in the Pacific Northwest – Vancouver, Portland, Tigard, Everett, Bremerton, Renton, Tacoma and Seattle. Everest has more than 100 schools in the U.S. and Canada, and is owned by Corinthian Colleges, Inc., one of the largest post-secondary education companies in North America. For more information, visit www.everest.edu. For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program and other important information, please visit our website at www.everest.edu/disclosures.