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Latino Health Fair Provides Flu Shots, Other Health Services To Park City Community

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The Park City Library is hosting a health fair Saturday geared toward supporting the wellbeing of all Park City community members, with a special focus on Latinx residents. 

Park City Library Spanish Services Coordinator Bianca Carrasco worked with the Mexican Consulate of Salt Lake and Latinx advocacy organization Comunidades Unidas to bring Saturday’s Latino Health Fair to all Park City community members.

“Since we do have such a large Latino community—approximately 25% of this community is Latino and or Spanish speaking—we wanted to bring health resources more readily accessible to the community, and we wanted to just improve the health and wellbeing of the whole community," Carrasco said. "So, even though it's the Latino health fair, everybody's invited.”

The fair will feature a variety of health resources and information, including 100 free flu shots for the first 100 attendees; glucose testing; vision testing; and services from Planned Parenthood. Carrasco says all the resources are free and available to the public.

“There's dozens of health organizations coming, and all of them are going to be offering a service or health information,” Carrasco said.

Dr. Marielle Pariseau, a dentist and founder of oral hygiene advocacy organization TeethFirst, will speak at the Jim Santy Auditorium at 11:30 a.m. Carrasco says there will also be a raffle for five, brand new children’s bicycles and their accompanying helmets, donated by the Park City Community Foundation’s Solomon Fund.

“It is health-related because it's like getting outside and doing a little exercise,” Carrasco said.

The Latino Health Fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Park City Library. All staff members at the event will be fluent in Spanish and English.

Emily Means hadn’t intended to be a journalist, but after two years of studying chemistry at the University of Utah, she found her fit in the school’s communication program. Diving headfirst into student media opportunities, Means worked as a host, producer and programming director for K-UTE Radio as well as a news writer and copy editor at The Daily Utah Chronicle.