Blog Post: Bringing Health Care to the Community

Grade Range: 8-12
Resource Type(s): Reference Materials
Date Posted: 8/12/2021

““Bring the exam room to the community.” That was the motivation behind a 1971 effort led by Dr. Thomas Tam to organize a health fair in New York City’s Lower Manhattan Chinatown. A ten-day event held on the street, the first Chinatown health fair included health education booths, with materials translated into Cantonese, and screenings for a range of medical concerns: blood pressure, tuberculosis, breast cancer, sexually transmitted infections, and diabetes. The health fair made one thing very clear to its organizers: Chinatown needed a health clinic.”

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