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Building Bridges to Health: Our Second Annual Health Fair in the River District

Last Friday marked a significant milestone as we hosted our second annual health fair in collaboration with the River District. This time, we were thrilled to join forces with The Willow Clinic, a team of UC Davis Medical Students. 54 organizations participated, offering a diverse array of services aimed at promoting well-being.

We provided an extensive range of services, spanning from essential medical care to mental health support, substance abuse assistance, navigation of shelters, aid for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking, complimentary showers and haircuts, access to fresh produce, and more, ensuring a holistic approach to wellness for every individual in attendance.

The Willow Clinic provided a wealth of resources covering diabetes, smoking cessation, harm reduction, mental wellness, OB/GYN, nutrition, dental screenings, and more! Partnering with Women's Wisdom ART, they offered a creative outlet for attendees to explore.

Front Street's HOAP Team and Elica Vet Services teamed up to provide vaccines and medical assistance to over 25 pets! Additionally, they distributed food and essential pet supplies.

The UC Davis School of Nursing and Wellness Without Walls Mobile Medicine Van offered essential services, supporting approximately 150 people. Together, they provided basic physical exams, STI testing, and checks for blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Attendees also benefited from educational classes on wound care!

We had several Sacramento County programs join us and offer critical resources. The Public Health Team offered Flu and COVID vaccines and sexual health resources. The Homeless Engagement Response Team (HEART) conducted onsite mental health assessments. Substance Use Prevention and Treatment shared their resources and distributed Narcan. The Probation Department offered information and an access point for probation clients to check-in (they set up at North A Street monthly). The Department of Human Assistance offered information on benefit assistance.

Several organizations dedicated to supporting veterans provided assistance.

The Language, Speech, and Hearing Center at Sacramento State administered hearing tests and performed wax cleanings for 28 individuals.

Housing and shelter resources were available through organizations such as SHRA, the Department of Community Response (DCR), 211 Sacramento, BACS, LSS, Insight Housing, Hope Cooperative, and Next Move Homeless Services, ensuring comprehensive support for those seeking stable housing solutions.

Special thanks to Raising Cane's for providing meals to the first 100 participants!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints prepared lunches for the rest of the attendees. Their ongoing support and dedication to giving back to the community are deeply appreciated!

Thank you to all the organizations who participated and made this possible. At First Step Communities, fostering collaboration and creating inclusive spaces are at the heart of our mission. We're committed to building upon this momentum, ensuring that future events continue to enrich our community.



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