Free Hep B and Hep C Testing at AHSC’s Healthy Living Pavilion

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The Healthy Living Pavilion at the 8th Annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration taking place at San Francisco’s Civic Center on May 19th, will provide free and low-cost health services, professional medical advice, interactive activities with prizes and health-related education materials.  Located on Larkin Street between Fulton and McAllister, services at the pavilion will be provided by community health groups and sponsors for the third consecutive year.

Here is a look at what is in store this year:

Prize-Giveaways and Health Wall

Take part in activities at the Healthy Living Pavilion Information Booth and you may walk away with a prize!  The Info Booth will feature a Health Wall where fair-goers can leave their messages and fortune cookies that spell out special fortunes.  Stop by to find out how you can win!

Hepatitis B Screenings and Education

As part of National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day, the Asian Heritage Street Celebration will offer free screenings for both hepatitis B and C.

To spread awareness on hepatitis B, a virus that affects one in 10 Asian Pacific Islanders, the fair will offer free educational brochures, hepatitis B screenings and doctor consultations. This is a collective effort by California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Subaru, Brown & Toland Physicians, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Genentech, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Other Health Screenings & Tests
Blood Pressure Screenings, hosted by Kaiser Permanente and CVS
Lupus Education, hosted by the Lupus Foundation of Northern California

Rapid HIV Tests, hosted by the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
Glucose Tests, hosted by North East Medical Services

NEW – Alternative Medicine

Dr. Effie Chow leading a group practicing Qigong.

Qigong energy healer Dr. Effie Chow will be providing information about:  1. the Asian and Chinese Healing Arts and Sciences (ACHAS),   2. Integrative Body/Mind Medicine (IBMM), and 3. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).  Her mission is to help educate people on how to achieve the optimum state of health (mind/ body/spirit in harmony with the environment) by moving beyond the limitations of Western medicine: a “must do” to thrive in today’s challenged world. Be sure to join in for fun, health, and wealth!

Check out also these alternative health medicines:

Tui-na

Meditation

Feng Shui

Soul-healing

Spice Elixirs

Family Support Services
The Red Cross will provide educational material on disaster preparedness.  In addition, a variety of other family support services will be available to the public at the fair, including:

Coping with tragedies, hosted by San Francisco Crisis Care

Substance abuse, hosted by the Asian American Recovery Services (AARS)

Health plans by the Chinese Community Health Plan (CCHP)

Health Education
Besides hepatitis B education, the community will have access to free educational material and advice on various health concerns from these organizations:

  • Alzheimer’s Association on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • American Liver Foundation on liver health and disease protection
  • California Transplant Donor Network on how to save and improve lives through organ and tissue donation for transplantation
  • North East Medical Services on diabetes and preventive measures
  • Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center (APIWC) on HBV, HCV, and HIV
  • Asian American Donor Program on marrow donors

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