The Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center Health Fair brought a host of free healthcare opportunities to Levittown, including the NuHealth Mobile Breast Imaging Center. Event founder Betty Rodriguez (right) encourages ESL Instructor Flory Carmona (second from right) and her fellow students to take advantage of the services provided.
Earlier this fall, the Nassau BOCES Adult Learning Center (ALC), housed at St. Bernard’s School in Levittown, held its first Health Fair. Students and staff at the school were encouraged to take advantage of free services provided by 12 different healthcare vendors on site for the event.
Among the organizations contributing to the fair were Nassau University Medical Center (NUMC), North Shore LIJ, The LGBT Network, Child Care Council of Nassau, Dr. Ron Mark of Mark Medical Care, United Healthcare, Shaklee Weight and Nutrition Products, and World Gym. In addition to a profusion of helpful, healthful information, Levittown fairgoers had access to a variety of services including dental, vision and podiatry screenings.
The focal point of the fair was the NUMC NuHealth Mobile Breast Imaging Center, offering free mammographies and breast exams, as well a host of information on cancer prevention and awareness. A total of nine mammograms were conducted throughout the day.
The driving force behind the Health Fair is Betty Rodriguez, a student at the ALC and a breast cancer survivor. Ms. Rodriguez is passionate about informing the community of the importance of good health and spreading awareness about the healthcare options that are available.
“I’m very excited and grateful for the opportunity to bring this event to the Adult Learning Center,” is Betty Rodriguez, a student at the ALC and the driving force behind the Health Fair. “Nassau BOCES is an amazing organization that has opened doors for many people. I have gotten so much support from everyone here; it is my home.”
“The Health Fair is a wonderful idea that is helpful to both the school and the community,” said ALC student Maria Argueta of Levittown. “It is especially helpful that some of the materials are in Spanish. It’s good information and it’s important that everyone gets it. I hope the fair returns next year.”