On Saturday, Feb. 16, OneWorld hosted Omaha’s Health Fair for Indigenous Peoples. The annual health fair is the result of collaboration among several community organizations, including OneWorld, Creighton Global Initiative, Big Elk Native American Center (BENAC), Maya Community Health Collaborative, Comunidad Maya Pixan Ixim and Creighton University School of Medicine.
The health fair took place on the second and third floors of the Livestock Exchange Building (4920 S. 30th St.). Attendees were able to receive health care services completely free of charge. This annual health fair allows an underserved population to access needed health care services that they might not otherwise be able to afford (many attendees are uninsured or have low incomes).
The following services and more were offered for attendees:
- Vision and hearing exams
- Opportunities to talk with physicians
- Blood pressure screenings
- Dental and oral health screenings
- Sexual health screenings
- Cholesterol and glucose screenings
- Massage therapy
- Vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP) and against hepatitis A
- Information and learning stations
- Health education opportunities
Free transportation to the event was available for anyone who needed it through a partnership with Happy Cab. For the convenience of attendees, rides could be scheduled in English, Spanish or Q’anjob’al.