Monday, March 29, 2010

State Senator Joe Addabbo & Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan Hold Free Health Fair in Ridgewood...

Co-sponsors Senator Joe Addabbo and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (center), with health care workers and customers at Ridgewood Health Fair on Saturday, March 20, held at Trinity Reformed Church, 66-30 60th Place, corner of Palmetto Street.

On Saturday, March 20, Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan co-sponsored a free Health Fair at the Trinity Reformed Church, 66-30 60th Place, Ridgewood. A vast array of free services were provided to ensure that individuals have the tools they need to lead healthy and active lives. Approximately 100 residents from the nearby area and from across Queens attended the event.

Services provided included: hearing and vision tests, blood pressure and glucose check-ups as well as a private AIDS screening. A nutritionist and cardiologist were on site to provide health counseling, as well as a licensed chiropractor. In addition, a representative from the Smoking Cessation Program at Elmhurst Hospital spoke with individuals about steps they can take to quit smoking. Community health professionals were also on hand to answer general questions and provide information on applying for Medicare, Medicaid, EPIC and Child Health Plus.

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, Senator Joe Addabbo, patient getting blood pressure check-up by Wyckoff Heights Medical Center staffer at the hospital's table.

“This event benefited families and people of all ages by providing them with the vital healthcare services and information they need,” said Senator Addabbo. “It is essential that individuals have access to quality, affordable and essential healthcare services. Too often, lack of access to routine services and information can lead individuals to neglect their health. I hope this event highlighted the numerous resources in the community to help individuals and families provide for their health."

“I want to thank Senator Joe Addabbo for co-hosting and organizing this great informative Heath Fair,” said Assemblywoman Nolan. “Those that attended were able to get information and ask questions from the major health centers in and around Queens. Programs like this health fair, help residents of Queens to stay informed and get the assistance that they may need.”

Senator Addabbo and Assemblywoman Nolan with three Elmhurst Hospital staffers.

Those who helped make this event possible include: Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Elmhurst Hospital, AIDS Center of Queens County, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, The EPIC Program, Child Health Plus, AARP, Ridgewood Communicare Clinic, Neighborhood Health Providers, Queens Health Center, Pearle Vision, National Children’s Study, New York Urban League, and many more.