Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Tenants organize health fair for residents with no health insurance

LOGAN CIRCLE, WASHINGTON DC-Saturday, March 14th, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, the Norwood Tenants Association will be partnering with the Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs, Mary’s Center and La ClĂ­nica del Pueblo to host a community health fair at the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle, NW. The health fair will include free preventive eye care exams, information about HIV/AIDS prevention, and women’s health screenings. Volunteers will be on hand to help families and individuals sign up for DC Alliance Health Insurance.

In this current economic downturn, many working families have lost their health insurance. The Norwood tenants are among the 76,000 Washingtonians who find themselves with no health coverage. There are options for these families to obtain low cost or even free coverage through the DC Alliance Health Insurance program. The most important way to protect children and families is to provide accurate information and access to key preventative services.

“The Norwood Tenants Association is holding this event as part of our effort to address the needs of our community,” says co-President David Fabian. Fabian explains that as a result of organizing, the tenants at the Norwood have learned firsthand that many fellow tenants are in need of something more than just a roof over their heads. As the tenants’ ongoing efforts to improve building conditions at the Norwood continue, the health of the community also depends upon improving access to health care services and health education.

The Norwood is an 84 unit rent-controlled building in the Logan Circle neighborhood, five blocks from the White House. Our community includes diverse working families who work in the service industry as waiters at restaurants, cleaning offices in downtown DC, and young working professionals.

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