Loudoun County has the distinction of being the “richest” county in America with an estimated 2017 population of 398,080, but 3.5% of our neighbors live in poverty. On August 4, 2018, CLC and ACHN collaborated to provide a very well received health fair to highlight the community services available and to offer health screenings for those who would otherwise not have the benefits of proper health care.
It is precisely this population of the county, and the surrounding region, for which the CLC-ACHN Health Fair was created, through the efforts of Muhammad Nabeel Hasan, MBBS, Rebecca Bates, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, and Cori Sanzano. Rebecca is a member of Community Lutheran (CLC) and also the Nurse Practitioner and Muhammed is the Clinic Manager at the Adams Compassionate Healthcare Network (ACHN) in Chantilly. Cori is also a member of CLC and leads the Social Ministry Team.
The Executive Director of ACHN is Dr. Omar Chaudhary, Board certified Ophthalmologist providing adult eye exams at the CLC-ACHN Health Fair. This marks the first year of this health fair and the community response was relatively small, but organizers plan for this to be an annual event and a larger turnout. According to Dr. Chaudhary, “Overall, I felt it was a very successful experience. The health fair provided a way to screen people for visual problems without the patient having to pay to see a doctor.”
Many of the ACHN clinic care providers were in attendance, as well as community health and services providers such as: Loudoun County Health Department, Simplicity Health, Nova Scripts, Crossroads Jobs, Sterling Volunteer Fire and Rescue, HealthWorks for Northern VA, Sentara Medical Center; Anthem, Loudoun Cares, LINK, Virginia Premier, Lion’s Club, Centreville Immigration Forumm HBI-DC, and the Stephen Ministry of CLC.
Sentara Medical Center of Woodbridge, VA also graciously provided their Mobile Mammography unit for on-the-spot mammograms.
The Lion’s Club of Northern VA conducted eye screenings for both adults and children, which exemplifies their purpose of providing critical eye healthcare to anyone who has need.
The many ACHN Clinic workers provided such services as blood pressure and blood sugar screenings and general physical exam functions such as height, weight and cholesterol checks.
Based on one volunteers’ conversations with four adults who attended the fair, it had positive reviews. All those conversations took place in Spanish. One man brought his wife and three children. He said he was told by a friend about the event. There is an interest and a need for no-cost health fairs, particularly for the underserved and uninsured population. If the expressions of children can tell a story, this one was a story of success and a happy ending.