The Pomona Community Health Action Team (PCHAT) will provide free health

screenings and medical checkups Saturday, November 20, from 10 a.m. to 1

p.m. at Philadelphia Elementary School, 600 E. Philadelphia St., Pomona.

Residents of all local communities are welcome to attend.

The health fair is the second in a series of six planned through May, and

has been designated as a special Open House event. Local city council

members and police officers, as well as administrators from Western

University of Health Sciences (WesternU), are expected to be on hand for

the occasion.

Medical students from WesternU will conduct the health screenings under

the supervision of licensed physicians. Students from the Pomona Unified

School District’s Adult Education program for nursing assistants will also

participate.

San Dimas resident Stephanie Fronk, 24, is a second-year medical student

at WesternU and the student coordinator of the event.

“”I decided to help coordinate this year’s health fair series because I

know it provides a valuable service to local residents,”” Fronk

said. “”There are many people who would go far too long without receiving a

health screening if we didn’t volunteer to do it.””

She is no stranger to helping others; she has worked with pregnant teens

at Ganesha and Pomona high schools, volunteered as a medical assistant to

the San Dimas High School football team, and serves as a coordinator for

Montclair Clinic, which provides medical care for the undeserved in the

Inland Valley.

She began her service work early in life when she began helping the

American Diabetes Association at the age of 12 after being diagnosed with

that condition.

“”Helping others is a very rewarding experience for me; I think I get as

much out of it as the people I serve,”” Fronk said.

After the November 20 PCHAT session is over, she will start planning for

the rest in the series. The free health screenings are scheduled from 10

a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations:

Jan. 29, 2000; Vejar Elementary; 950 W. Grand Ave., Pomona

Feb. 26, 2000; WesternU Medical Center; 360 E. Mission Blvd., Pomona

April 15, 2000; WesternU Medical Center; 360 E. Mission Blvd., Pomona

May 6, 2000; Washington Elementary; 975 E. 9th St., Pomona

Other organizations involved in PCHAT are the Healthy Start program,

Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, Pomona Catholic High School and the

Associated Pomona Teachers Association.