2003-08-29 / Community

SJEH Teen Health Fair Draws Large Crowds

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
SJEH Teen Health Fair Draws Large Crowds By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Kim Peppers, along with her 18-month-old daughter, Yazmin, dis­cusses health insurance with a representative of HealthFirst, one of the fair’s sponsors.Kim Peppers, along with her 18-month-old daughter, Yazmin, dis­cusses health insurance with a representative of HealthFirst, one of the fair’s sponsors.

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and HealthFirst were major sponsors of a Children’s and Teen Health Fair held August 23 on Beach 13 Street and Seagirt Blvd. There were screenings performed for blood pressure and diabetes, and pulmonary function tests to detect such breathing problems as asthma.

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene set up an information table with brochures on smoking, lead poisoning, and nutrition. Other tables included one run by St. John’s and another dedicated to Child and Adolescent Bereavement. HealthFirst had a booth for parents to discuss health insurance.

"[The goal is] to provide greater access to health care for children in the Rockaways," said Penny Chin, the Director for Public Affairs at St. John’s. "Parents need to learn there are services available for their children in the local area."

Members of the Federation of Black Cowboys gave free pony rides and a lecture on the history of the black cowboy and cowgirl.


Briana Hargrove of Far Rockaway is given a pony ride by members of the Federation of Black Cowboys.Briana Hargrove of Far Rockaway is given a pony ride by members of the Federation of Black Cowboys.
Four-year-old Lillian Ayala, of Seagirt Boulevard takes a pulmonary function test administered by Elaine Dechagas. The test detects respiratory diseases such as Asthma.Four-year-old Lillian Ayala, of Seagirt Boulevard takes a pulmonary function test administered by Elaine Dechagas. The test detects respiratory diseases such as Asthma.Megan Thomson of Staten Island is one of the many people who had their blood pressure tested at the fair. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital nurse Dorothy Ransom does the honors.            All photos by Miriam Rosenberg.Megan Thomson of Staten Island is one of the many people who had their blood pressure tested at the fair. St. John’s Episcopal Hospital nurse Dorothy Ransom does the honors. All photos by Miriam Rosenberg.

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