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Touro University Students and Kaiser Permanente Partner to Offer Community Health Fair

(Vallejo, CA – February 15, 2012) – In an effort to address health disparities, Touro  University’s Filipino American Medical Society (TU FAMS) and Kaiser Permanente have partnered to host an array of free health services to the public at their annual Community Health Fair.

For the second consecutive year, both TU FAMS and Kaiser Permanente’s Asian Pacific Islander Association will bring their services to Seafood City, 2495 Sonoma Blvd., in Vallejo, on Sunday, February 26, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in an effort to serve health disparities within the community simultaneously building clinical skills.

"Kaiser Permanente works side-by-side with organizations such as Touro University to provide human power with our experience and expertise to bring a wealth of skills to community events such as this," said Mel Orpilla, Community and Government Relations Manager at Kaiser Permanente. 

The event was started in April 2010 by first year Osteopathic medical students from Touro University. FAMS has expanded into an interprofessional student organization at Touro and has continued the tradition. The fair has grown and expanded each year, with more than 300 persons participating in last year’s event.

“I had a personal interest in helping start this club because my extended family in the bay area  is Filipino. Vallejo has a large Filipino community in the U.S. and they have culturally related health issues, such as being at high risk for diabetes and heart disease,” said Rachel Ilagan, second year Osteopathic Medical Student and coordinator of the event.

Dr. Janet Burns, D.O., FAMS advisor and supervising physician of the health fair, added “FAMS is another way we help fulfill Touro’s mission to serve the people of Vallejo. It also serves to increase the multicultural competency of our students in the healthcare professions at Touro.”

The upcoming health fair will offer free blood pressure screening, glucose screening, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine treatments, pharmacy consultations, smoking cessation information, immunizations, and information about Touro’s free student run Health Clinic.

Live entertainment, food, and prizes will also be available.

For more information on the event, contact Rachel Ilagan at Rachel.Ilagan@tu.edu or visit their website at http://www.tustudentlife.com/clubs/fams/events/?1223. This event will be supervised by Touro University faculty member and FAMS advisor Dr. Janet M. Burns, D.O

About the Touro College and University System:

Touro University California is a Jewish nonprofit, independent graduate institution of higher learning founded in 1997 on three Judaic values: social justice, the pursuit of knowledge and service to humanity. The university, home to 1,400 students, has professional programs in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant studies, public health, nursing, and education. Faculty, staff and students have a powerful commitment to academic excellence, evidence-based professional practice, inter-professional collaboration, and active engagement with a global community. To learn more, visit www.tu.edu or call 707-638-5200.