SJEH Teen Health Fair Draws Large Crowds
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.