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St. Vincent Medical Center conducts free health screening in Historic Filipinotown

A FREE health screening was held over the weekend for the Filipino-Americans and other underserved cultural groups in the community. The event was hosted by St. Vincent Medical Center Multicultural Health Awareness and Prevention (MHAP) Center in partnership with St. Columban Filipino Parish Community.

The whole day affair was conducted  on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 125 Loma Drive and Beverly Blvd., along Historic Filipinotown.

The free health screenings provided were mammogram and pap smear, flu shots, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, and body fat. Other services included information on cancer, nutrition and heart disease and also information on how to apply for low cost health insurance and food stamps.

“This is a noble activity,” said MHAP Director Pedro Ramirez, adding that this health screening is an opportunity for members of the Filipino-American community of all ages, and are available at no cost to anyone on that day, with or without medical insurance coverage.

Members of the Philippine Medical Association of Southern California were on hand to provide health education, counseling and address medical concerns. This event was made possible by the generous support of the Daughters of Charity Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Los Angeles County, Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund and Doheny Estelle Foundation.

The Multicultural Health Awareness and Prevention Center (MHAP) is one of St. Vincent Medical Center’s (SVMC) key community outreach and benefit programs focusing on health education, disease prevention, early detection and information and referral services for high-risk ethnic communities including Latino, Korean, Filipino, Chinese and other vulnerable populations in the central Los Angeles area. The program’s services are culturally sensitive and reflect SVMC’s long tradition and commitment to serve low-income and underserved adults, children and families in its surrounding communities.

MHAP Center health education and outreach staff works directly in the community through a collaborative network of community and faith-based organizations, government agencies, consulates and health care providers. The center services are also a cornerstone of SVMC’s mission to serve the sick poor in the timeless tradition of the Daughters of Charity.

Established in 1856 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul as the first hospital in Los Angeles, St. Vincent Medical Center has both a strong history and a glorious future serving people from a wide variety of ethnic groups.  To enable local residents to stay as healthy as possible, the hospital is dedicated to educating them about prevention.  It also offers screening and early detection services for disease such as cancer.

Providing compassionate healthcare and serving the sick poor has been the mission of St. Vincent Medical Center for more than 154 years. Located in downtown Los Angeles, St. Vincent is a world-renowned, 366-bed facility, offering comprehensive medical services, including general orthopedics and joint replacement, cancer treatment, cardiovascular services, thoracic surgery, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, wound care, the multi-disciplinary neurosurgery and neurotology services, and multi-organ transplantation. (With reports from Romy Borje)

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