Contact: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School
UMDNJ and Local Organizations Host 4th Annual Latino Health
The 4th Annual Latino Health Festival sponsored
by the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)
is scheduled for Friday, June 25, from noon to 6 p.m., at Branch
Brook Park (between Park Avenue and First Street) in Newark. The
theme for the event is "It's Better To Know: Take the Test and
The Latino Health Festival was established by UMDNJ to promote
healthy families and to provide health education information about
illnesses that disproportionately affect the Latino community.
The City of Newark and several community-based organizations are
co-sponsoring this family-oriented event.
In addition to HIV and AIDS screenings, health professionals
will conduct screenings and distribute information about the diagnosis
and treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood
pressure, glaucoma and oral cancer. Admission to the event, which
will also feature music, entertainment and food, is free.
The primary goal of the health fair is to increase awareness
of National HIV Testing Day which will be held on Sunday, June
27. The National Association of People with AIDS created the National
HIV Testing Day campaign in 1995 to encourage at-risk individuals
to receive voluntary HIV counseling and testing.
"According to the HIV Health Services Planning Council, almost
15 percent of the people in the greater Newark area who have been
diagnosed with HIV or AIDS are Hispanic," said Dr. Robert L. Johnson,
interim chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director
of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (DAYAM)
at the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School. "A report by the New Jersey
Department of Health and Senior Services indicates that Hispanics
represented 22 percent or 4,530 cases of HIV/AIDS reported in
DA`YAM's The Spend Time on Prevention (STOP) Mobile-Unit Outreach
Program, which provides HIV and AIDS testing, counseling and support
services for adults and adolescents in Newark and the surrounding
Essex County communities will be at the event along with representatives
from UMDNJ-University Hospital.
For additional information about this year's Latino Health Festival,
call Eligia Reyes at 1-800-249-7750 or (973) 972-8216.