Like most newly
emerging Latino communities, West Lawn and Chicago Lawn lack health
care services that address the specific needs of the new residents,
said Susan Levy, professor of public health and director of UIC's
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Center.
Community Health Fair is part of a comprehensive community education
and capacity-building program to prevent and control health risks,
particularly diabetes and the myriad conditions associated with
ˇSí Se Puede!
or Yes we Can! is the name of the program that UIC and its community
partners developed to help stem the diabetes epidemic in a specific
Chicago neighborhood. ˇSí Se Puede! offers school-based health promotion
and education programs to youth and diabetes education programs,
walking clubs and nutrition classes to adults.
aims to build the community's health infrastructure to meet Latino
health needs; educate community members about the signs and symptoms
of diabetes; send a clear message that diabetes is preventable and
controllable and that simple lifestyle changes can bring about significant
health improvements. The Latino Community Health Fair provides community
members with an opportunity to protect their health at no cost.
For more information
about ˇSí Se Puede!, call 413-9443.