COMMUNITY HEALTH: Fair Provides L.A.’s Homeless With Screenings, Information
A Los Angeles health fair "designed to educate homeless people about the availability of benefits and services" in the area attracted "[h]undreds of people" to the city's so-called "skid row" on Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times reports that the Third Annual Skid Row Health Fair, sponsored by the Weingart Center, brought in many who "lined up for cancer screenings, AIDS/HIV tests and other examinations." Craig Kelly of the South-Central Health and Rehabilitation Program, "which offers support services for mentally ill and homeless substance abusers," said, "It's very rewarding to see these people, who have nowhere to go, get information and advice about health services." One of Kelly's employees, a former convict, said, "A lot of people ... see me giving something back to the community, and I think it gives them some strength that they can be a productive member of society, too" (4/8).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.