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El Paso Health Presents Back to School Luau Health Fair on Saturday

El Paso Health will host a Back to School Luau Health Fair this Saturday, July 14, 2018, from 9:00am-2:00pm at its offices located at 1145 Westmoreland Drive.

“These hot summer days call for outdoor fun and we are excited to offer a tropical luau experience for families in our community,” said Frank Dominguez, President and CEO of El Paso Health. “School will be starting soon, so this event allows El Paso Health to give our guests a jump start on getting ready for with health screenings, new backpacks and pantry staples.”

The luau activities will include jumping balloons, a dunk tank, face painting and games for children along with plenty of family entertainment and music. Law enforcement vehicles, including a fire truck and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Show H2 Hummer, will be onsite.

The Latino Medical Student Association at Texas Tech will present a “Teddy Bear Clinic” and special appearances will be made by Moana, Maui, and the Little Mermaid.

The health fair will focus on health screenings for adults. 1,000 free backpacks will be given away, as well as 200 mobile food pantry bags (one per family). Families can also learn more about car seat safety during onsite demonstrations.

El Paso Health is a local, private, non-profit organization. It is a Texas-licensed health maintenance organization (HMO) established by the El Paso County Hospital District to enter into contract with the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) for the purpose of improving access to medical care for STAR and CHIP members in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties.

5th Graders to Learn About Careers in Health Care at Teddy Bear Clinic

El Paso fifth graders are about to get a glimpse of what it’s like to be a health care provider — by taking care of teddy bears.

Nearly 1,350 elementary school students will treat teddy bears as pretend patients at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) Teddy Bear Clinic. The event is designed to spark interest in health care careers at a young age. Twenty schools in the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD) will participate.

“We try to plant a seed in these students at an early age so that they can eventually enter the health care field,” says Daniel Camacho, director of the TTUHSC El Paso Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and event organizer. “There is a real health care provider shortage in El Paso and the surrounding region, and with this event, we hope to interest more of our talented youth in choosing a health care career.”

At the event, the students will hear a short talk from a TTUHSC El Paso professor of physiology before taking their teddy bears through a variety of medical booths, including nursing and vital signs, and physician’s, radiology and counseling stations. The highlight of the clinic will be a walk-through brain exhibit, a giant 18 x 14-foot-long inflatable brain that will give students an interactive opportunity to learn about brain structures and functions, and to observe examples of brain trauma and disease. The exhibit is made possible by Medical Inflatables, a private Texas corporation that generously donated the inflatable for the event.

TTUHSC El Paso medical students will help run the stations, teaching the children about the various injuries or illnesses their bears may have. The medical students will use real medical equipment to demonstrate how a doctor or nurse would handle the case in real life.

“Children typically have anxiety about going to see a doctor, but this teddy bear approach will hopefully help make them more comfortable with the thought of going,” Camacho adds.

The AHEC provides education and development services to kindergarten through college-age students throughout the year to help set the foundation for the future of health care in West Texas.

The 2017 Teddy Bear Clinic is sponsored by TTUHSC El Paso, the TTUHSC El Paso AHEC, and the Guidance and Counseling Services at EPISD.

What: Teddy Bear Clinic

When: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, May 19

Where: Gymnasium, Maxine Silva Health Magnet High School, 121 Val Verde Street

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