Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer
The Third Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration is set to keep Roosevelt County residents healthy in Portales just before the youth of Roosevelt County heads back to school.
Professionals in health care will assist residents in any of their needs with check-ups and information to stay healthy. The celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and parents can take their children for food, immunization and games.
Jeanette Chavez, La Casa Family Health Center Marketing Director, said the fair has grown since the start and is part of the National Health Center Week. Community health centers are local, non-profit, community-owned health care providers serving low income and medically under-served communities.
“We’re finding that when a family member has cancer and we ask the other family members when was the last time they went for a check-up, it’s been 10 years,” Chavez said. “We want to educate the public on the services they have access to and encourage them to see their doctor.”
One of the goals of the fair is to give people the opportunity to take blood-pressure tests, blood-sugar level tests and visits with dentists, nutritionists and doctors.
Another goal is the safety of children and that is a goal the New Mexico State Police Department officers will be helping out with. The NMSPD officers will have bicycle courses for the youth of Portales and will inspect car seats for concerned parents.
State Police Capt. Oscar Gonzales said officers will have a list of car seats which have been recalled by the manufacturer and they will be able to provide replacement car seats for those who need them.
“We’re excited about the opportunity,” Gonzales said. “Our whole goal is so that kids are safe. We want to get awareness out for the kids. It gives us a good venue to talk about safety issues.”
Gonzales said the car seat checks will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
They will also show people the proper way to strap children into the car seats.
Gonzales said there will be a bike course for children and bike helmets will be provided. Free bike helmets will be given out to take home during the event.
Another goal of the celebration is to just have fun. Chavez said there will be prizes given away every 15 minutes. She said some of the prizes are gift certificates to food eateries in Portales and Clovis, DVDs, a bicycle, backpacks with supplies and a personal computer.
“This gives us a chance to give back to the community,” Chavez said. “We invite patients or anyone else from the community to come out. It’s becoming a huge draw. It becomes bigger and bigger every year.”
There will be a classic car show and for the children there will be a petting zoo with farm animals and a bouncy house.
Chavez said all of the activities and food items will be free.
La Casa de Buena Salud has been operating in Portales for 29 years.