Friday, July 20, 2018

Nearly a third of children in Los Angeles County live in poverty. Their parents often struggle to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Back-to-school supplies fall way down on the list of priorities, even though such supplies play a critical role in educational success.

L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country, is once again determined to help these children succeed. For the fourth year in a row, L.A. Care is holding Back to School Health Fairs at four of its Family Resource Centers (FRC). The fairs will include health screenings and a giveaway of backpacks filled with school supplies.

The first health fair and giveaway is Saturday, July 21, 10 am to 1 pm, at the Inglewood FRC, 3111 W. Century Boulevard. Six hundred backpacks filled with rulers, pens, pencils, crayons, and more will be handed out. One per child, while supplies last.

“Teachers will tell you that students who have basic school supplies feel greater self-esteem and classroom performance improves,” said Mabel Ponce, the Manager of the Inglewood FRC. “We want to do everything we can to help the kids in our community get ahead. That includes helping to keep them and their parents healthy.”

The health fair will offer free glucose, blood pressure and body mass index screenings, along with dental screenings. There will be free haircuts for the kids, a rock climbing wall, balloons, face painting, Zumba, and KJLH radio will be providing musical entertainment. 

Please join us for a fun and fulfilling day!

L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than two million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.