Free health fair targets uninsured San Antonians on East Side

UIW students are volunteering for the health fair on Saturday, April 8.

SAN ANTONIO -- There's an event happening this weekend where families and individuals living on the East Side can get free health care.

According to the Health Collaborative’ s 2016 Community Health Assessment, the zip code 78208 has one of the highest rates of uninsured individuals and has a lower life expectancy than other parts of Bexar County.

Community leaders in the East Side neighborhood say unemployment and a lack of access to transportation are two of the biggest barriers to health care.

That's where Walmart and the University of the Incarnate Word come in. Through a Walmart grant, UIW students will host a free health fair for these residents.

“It definitely helps create a better sense of community and urgency.,” said health fair organizer Victor Zuniga. “Awareness, communication, and resources are the foundation of what we need to go forward with.”

Although students are doing most of the hands-on work, faculty members are there to help and can refer patients in need to other resources.

“This is the population we need to target,” said UIW graduate and pharmacist Tram Lee. “If they have hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol we need to target those and prevent it from processing to something worse.”

The health fair will be on Saturday at the Woodard Conference Center and Park on Locke Street. It starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

There will be free health screenings for diabetes, vision and hearing, vaccinations, and physical therapy assessments.

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