As part of the California Medical Association’s (CMA) Legislative Leadership Conference, physicians, medical students and other organizations put on a health fair on the Capitol grounds, providing services and information to legislators, their staff and the public.
A variety of state agencies, non-profit groups and local businesses provided information regarding the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), infant and children’s immunization schedules, plastic surgery, health clubs and yoga.
Representatives from Donate Life California, celebrating April as Donate Life Month, were offering information and signing up attendees as potential donors, while Farm Fresh to You featured fresh fruit and vegetable deliveries. Additionally, the CMA Foundation showcased information on proper nutrition and exercise as part of their Diabetes Quality Improvement and Obesity Prevention Projects.
UC Davis medical students played a large role at the health fair, with third-year Joey Koressel and first-year Mayra Betancourt performing blood pressure and blood sugar checks to gain valuable hands-on experience. Third-year student Jeremy Wong offered guides to breast self-exams, explaining both the right method and the importance of such checks.
Representatives from the California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons were also present, showing images of common eye diseases, especially those associated with diabetes. Barbara Arnold, M.D., with Sutter Medical Center, explained the importance of advocating for patients. “As physicians, we’re pretty good advocates for teaching people to be role models for their family, community and coworkers,” she said.
The health fair served as a reminder of the basic components of good health.