Southside school hosts health fair for families of migrant workers


Twenty-seven local organizations representing youth activities, food relief, health care, employment and law enforcement participated in the event.

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This article was written by BenitoLink intern Juliana Luna

Since 2008, the The San Benito Migrant Health Fair advocated for accessible medical care for families in the migrant program. On June 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., free screenings and other services are available at 3235 Southside Road in Hollister, inside the Migrant Center.

Southside Elementary School, Migrant Education Program and First 5 San Benito are partnering in this year’s Health Fair. The location has remained the same for those temporarily residing at Hollister Migrant Housing Center, bringing community outreach, prevention programs, services and screenings closer to home.

The event is held in the summer for families entering camp. Southside Elementary summer staff also participate in the fair by enrolling children from the camp in the school, located next to the migrant center.

“Our top priority is to help facilitate general information about good health and preventative medicine,” Cindy Camilleri of the Migrant Education Program told BenitoLink. Detecting a vision or dental problem at an early stage improves well-being, Camilleri said.

Since the pandemic, more and more organizations have stepped in to help, said John Schilling, principal/superintendent of Southside Elementary. Funding for the event comes from local donations. Additionally, they received grants from Santa Clara County.

Medical care is a big deal, Schilling said. He added that the fair also helps migrant families, who might not otherwise feel like part of the community, to feel included. New services this year include Student Haircuts, Women’s Health Services and Medi-Cal Enrollment. There are plans to add men’s health in the future.

This year’s fair will see the participation of 27 local organisations, in categories representing youth activities, food aid, healthcare, employment and law enforcement.

  • Visual screenings
  • Dental exams
  • Hearing screenings
  • Mental Health
  • Education of women in self-monitoring and follow-up if necessary
  • Food from the Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Domestic Violence/Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Free food for families
  • Free haircuts
  • Health services for women
  • Registration Medi-Cal

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