Multicultural Coalition hosts free health fair in Grand Island

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Updated: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 11:11:40 CST

Whether the uninsured live in rural areas or not...access to healthcare remains a problem.  That's why groups like the Multicultural Coalition of Grand Island host free health fairs.  Over one hundred people attended today's fair at the Grand Island Y–W–C–A.  The goal of the fair is to educate the community on health care resources and increase availability for those who don't have insurance.

More than twenty businesses and agencies participated with services like blood pressure checks, clinical breast exams, HIV testing and massages.

"I think this is a smarter way to kind of help before something bad happens. Majority of people that come because they have difficulties receiving the kind of health care they need or there are certain road blocks on the way that prevent them from accessing the services that they need," said Jocelyn Schade, the Multicultural Coalition Director.

Schade says that the health fair is important for those with language barriers because it is more difficult for them to access basic health care needs.