LMSA – LENNOX Middle School
In Lennox, a city south of Los Angeles International Airport, nearly a third of the residents live below the poverty level. There is a shortage of basic health services, including preventative services, for this predominately Spanish-speaking population.
But the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Lennox School District set out to change that with the bi-annual Lennox Health Fair.
The health fairs, organized by a team of six coordinators from the Latino Medical Student Association (UCLA/Charles R. Drew University chapter), are held twice a year (once in the fall and once in spring) at one of the six schools in the district.
The volunteers, who include physicians, students and community workers, range from first and second year medical students who serve as chaperones, help patients with intake forms and take vital readings, to third and fourth year medical students and physicians who interview and consult with patients.
Health services include:
About 200 patients are seen at each event.