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Neighborhood Centers hosts Walmart Back to School Community Health Fairs

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Houston’s most underserved communities are getting a helping hand from Neighborhood Center’s Walmart Back to School Health Fairs being held throughout July and August.

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The health fairs bring neighborhood dentists, doctors, nutritionists and other related professionals together offering a wide range of free health services from back to school vaccinations to cooking demonstrations.

For the past three years, the health fairs and wellness programs have been generously sponsored by Walmart, who again donated $150,000 to continue connecting more Houstonians to life-saving health care services.

Health Fair Dates / Locations:
Saturday, July 26: 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. Ripley House
4410 Navigation, Houston, TX 77011

Friday, August 1: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Independence Heights
Leonel Castillo
2101 South St, Houston TX 77002

Tuesday, August 5: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m
Cleveland-Ripley
720 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504

Saturday, August 30: 9 a.m. – 1p.m.
Baker-Ripley
6500 Rookin, Houston, TX 77074

Claudia Vasquez, senior vice president and chief program officer of Neighborhood Center’s Inc., said that Walmart’s support for their health and wellness programs have helped them connect with 70,000 people last year.

“Neighborhood Centers is proud to have Walmart as a community partner as we help connect families in need of health programs and work toward our mission to transform communities,” she said.

Since Walmart began supporting the health fairs in 2011, attendance has increased each year reflecting the growing need for accessible health care services throughout the Greater Houston area communities. Attendees receive basic health exams while others discover they have health risks that would have gone unnoticed.

Soledad Montoya, mother of four, first attended the Walmart Back to School Health Fair at her community’s Neighborhood Center, Ripley House, to ensure her children were fully vaccinated before school started.

While at the health fair, Montoya discovered adult health care services and received several screenings, one of which changed her and her family’s lives. The results of her glucose screening indicated higher than normal levels, which put her at high risk for diabetes. Empowered by the findings, Montoya changed both her and her family’s lifestyle for the better.

“Neighborhood Centers and the Walmart Back to School Health Fairs are an excellent resource for Houston families just like us who don’t have affordable, easy access to health care,” Montoya said. “I am relieved to know that my children are prepared for the school year ahead, and that I now have the resources to stay healthy so I can continue to provide for my family.”

“Many families live paycheck to paycheck, and health care can often fall to the bottom of the list.” Todd Manley, Walmart Vice President and Regional General Manager for Houston and East Texas. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Neighborhood Centers to ensure families all over Houston can access affordable, local health care services.”

For the past three years, Walmart has generously sponsored the health fairs with annual $150,000 contributions to connect Houstonians with life-saving health care services. Walmart’s donation is part of the company’s State Giving Program, a nationwide initiative to assist local nonprofits in their mission to help communities live better.

“From school supplies to vaccinations, we at Walmart believe every family deserves to start the school year off right,” Manley said.

For more information, call 713-667-9400 or visit www.neighborhood-centers.org.

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