By Ricky Richardson, Contributing Writer

        (Los Angeles, Ca.) – Several hundred people came out on a overcast, cool day to attend the South Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at the West Angeles Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard.

        West Angeles Community Development Corporation teamed up with UCLA Philipinos for Community Health to bring heath services to the community from 11:00 to 3:00pm in the parking lot of West Angeles Cathedral.

        October 23rd wasn’t loss on the organizers of the Health Fair. This day is observed nationally as Make a Difference Day. Volunteers performed deeds that uplifted the lives of individuals or actions that improved or for the betterment of their communities.

        Attendees were lined up in advance of the opening of the Health Fair. The sun came out to  provide for another beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Eye Exams (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

        Throughout the day, attendees had opportunities to meet up with health care providers and receive FREE medical screenings-blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index, A1c/glucose. Eye and hearing exams as well as flu shots and Pfizer COVID vaccinations.

Flu Shots/ Pfizer COVID Vaccinations (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

        DJ REGG was on deck, providing a soulful soundtrack of old school classics as attendees swayed rhythmically from booth to booth picking up valuable resources.

        This was an inter-active event with multiple health education workshops, chair yoga, engaging resource booths  to promote holistic well-being and quality of life.

        The resource booth provided housing resources, entry-level job opportunities, chair yoga classes and a dentistry demonstrations for children.

        Erica Freeman, Junior Project Manager of West Angeles Community Development Corporation served as Mistress of Ceremony for a brief program. Several guest speakers offered welcoming remarks and thanked the sponsors and volunteers. Speakers included Dina Andrews, Senior Field Deputy, Office of Los Angeles City Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Council District 8; Jan Perry, Interim Executive Director Shelter Partnership Inc, and Executive Director Infrastructure Funding Alliance and Dr. Belinda Allen, Executive Director, West Angeles Community Development Corporation. 

Dulan’s Soul Food (Photo: Ricky Richardson)

        Dulan’s Soul Food team members provided participants with a delicious soul food lunch. Dulan’s Soul Food is well known in the community for its mouthwatering soul food, desserts, catering services, customer service and serving portions. You owe it to yourself, family, friends, and co-workers to plan a visit to your local Dulan’s Soul Food restaurant. Visit https://www.dulans-sfk.com 

        The mission of the West Angeles Community Development Corporation is to increase social and economic justice, demonstrate compassion and alleviate poverty as tangible expressions of the Kingdom of God through the vehicle of community development. 

        The West Angeles Community Development Corporation (WACDC), Community Health Fair was founded in 2019 by former UCLA Philipinos for Community Health (PCH) Health Care Directors, Kyle Fontelera, Gianna Apoderado, and Jonathan Tongonan to replace a longstanding health fair held at Holy Family Parish in Artesia. In the year, the WACDC Community Health Fair was established, the needs and concerns of hundreds of service recipients in the Crenshaw District were addressed through their collaborative health fair.

        UCLA Philipinos for Community Health (PCH) strives for improvement in the health of the community and for the creation of opportunities for the community to get involved, empowered in the care of their own health. PCH work with medical professionals, other health related UCLA organizations, and businesses to hold health fairs for the Los Angeles community, and PCH is currently included in two major health fairs. PCH also works in local communities, it also raises funds through various projects that will allow PCH to send medical supplies to the Philippines.