In an effort to reach the 30 percent of Pomona Unified School District

families who currently are without health insurance, Western University of

Health Sciences, in conjunction with Assemblymember Gloria Negrete McLeod,

will host a Healthy Families Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday,

January 19.

Held at the Western University Medical Center on 360 E. Mission Blvd., the

event is designed to educate families on health insurance opportunities

and local resources. Representatives from nearly every side of the health

care arena will be present to provide literature and enrollment services

to attendees of the event. Participating groups include: Western

University Medical Center, Pomona Valley Hospital, Access Dental Care,

Health Net, House of Ruth, Tri-City Mental Health, YMCA, Red Cross,

Project Sister, Healthy Families and the Pomona Police Department.

Western University students, faculty and local physicians from the Pomona

Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) also will be on-hand to provide

health screenings for blood pressure and scoliosis. To the first 500

attendees, members of PCHAT will give free flu vaccinations donated by

Aventis Pharmaceuticals.

“”We need to create an awareness of the available opportunities in health

care for the underserved families of this community,”” said Dr. Alan

Cundari, Western University Medical Center director and family medicine

department chair. “”Many of them are only seeking a friendly face in a

clinical setting and that is what we provide in addition to compassionate

and critical care.””

The Western University Medical Center was founded in 1984 and is an

ambulatory, primary care medical center which addresses the health care

needs of the Pomona area’s less advantaged communities while serving as an

educational tool for the university’s students.

For more information on the services provided, contact Jill McGougan,

field representative for Assemblymember McLeod, at (909) 621-2783.