VIDEO: Community health fair draws visitors to UH medical school, cancer center

The University of Hawai`i John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) and UH Cancer Center rang in 2014 with the 9th Annual Community Health Fair. It was the first time the medical school and the newly-built Cancer Center co-sponsored the fair to celebrate health and promote wellness. It was also the first time the fair was held on a Saturday (January 4).

The theme for health fair was “I Ola No Ke Kino”, or “may your body thrive.” To see our video directly on VIMEO without flash player, click UHMED VIMEO.

Our hardworking community partners in the fair join Dean Hedges and Chancellor Emeritus Hinshaw in a moment of levity before the fair begins.

Our hardworking community partners in the fair join Dean Jerris Hedges and UH Manoa Chancellor Emeritus Hinshaw in a moment of levity before the fair begins.

Nearly 50 different groups took part in the health fair, from the Hawai`i Health Connector to non-profit wellness groups to food trucks. There were lively demonstrations of tai chi and zumba, a hula performance by JABSOM students and music by Simply Sedd.

Blood pressure checks by our medical students were one of several health screening services available at the fair.

Blood pressure checks by our medical students were one of several health screening services available at the fair.

Retina and eye exams, blood pressure and glucose checks and flu vaccines were offered, along with eye screenings and the opportunity to give the gift of life at the bloodmobile, operated by the Blood Bank of Hawai`i.

The Hawai’i Primary Care Association screened the film “Ola” in the auditorium of the Medical Education Building in two showings.

Health fair sponsors included the Pacific Medical Administrative Group (PMAG), Blood Bank of Hawai`i, The Queen’s Medical Center, HMSA, Islands Hospice, AlohaCare and Kaiser Permanente.

Our SLIDESHOW includes photos from the event by Arnold Kameda.

Two JABSOM medical students originally envisioned the Community Health Fair in 2004 to interact with the communities they intended to serve as physicians. Since then, the fair has become a reliable provider of information about various health resources available to Hawai`i residents. For more information about next year’s fair, “like” our UH Health Well Being Event page on Facebook.

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