October 14, 2008: Over 250 members of the Louisiana Vietnamese-American community streamed into La Vang Catholic Church on Sunday for the third health fair organized by BPSOS-New Orleans. On offer were free services such as blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, Hepatitis A & B vaccinations, Hepatitis C screenings, and HIV/AIDS testing.
To make the day an outing for families, there were also lighter, more relaxing activities including face painting, balloon animals, and acupuncture. Representatives of Gilead Pharmaceuticals, one of the health fair sponsors, were so impressed with the turnout that they plan on organizing a separate Hepatitis B screening event with BPSOS for the Vietnamese community. Congratulations and many, many thanks to all of BPSOS-New Orleans’ dedicated volunteers and community partners!