Hispanic Community Service Day scheduled at Southeastern May 2
Contact: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University will host Hispanic Community Service Day Saturday, May 2, in an effort to provide Hispanic citizens on the north shore with a variety of educational, health and social service opportunities.
Scheduled in the Southeastern War Memorial Student Union from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the program is sponsored by the Hispanic Business and Leadership Institute in the College of Business with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“This is an opportunity for us to provide some very important services for the Hispanic community, which is generally underserved when it comes to health and medical concerns and social issues,” said Aristides Baraya, director of the institute.
Baraya said an estimated 19,000 Hispanics reside on the north shore and many could benefit from the services being offered.
Program coordinator Evelyn Del Rio, an instructor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, said the event will feature free health tests for adults, such as blood pressure, hearing, vision and glucose screenings and dental screenings for children. A variety of health education presentations are also scheduled, including discussions on the use of over-the-counter medications, physical fitness and prevention of chronic disease, and birth control. In addition, a number of Southeastern divisions and departments will collaborate on the program
Educational booths staffed by professionals will be available to distribute literature and information. Among the booth sponsors are the Social Security Administration, Medicaid/LaChip, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, 911 St. Tammany Parish Communications, Safe Harbor, the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society and North Oaks Health System.
The event will include door prizes and activities for children. Entertainment during the day will include music by Danny Acosta, the Hispanic dance group Aires di Mi Terra, and the Southeastern Choir.
For more information, call 985-549-3976.