AccessHealth and Partners Serve Nearly 2,000 Children at Back-to-School Health Fairs
FORT BEND COUNTY, TX — Unprecedented numbers of families benefited from this year’s Community Operation Back-to-School Health Fairs. In celebration of National Health Center Week, AccessHealth hosted fairs on August 3 in Richmond and August 10 in Missouri City. Backpacks pre-filled with school supplies were given to approximately 2,000 students.
Additionally, over 300 health screenings were provided free of charge which included dental, vision, and hearing screenings. AccessHealth and Fort Bend County Health and Human Services administered an estimated total of 158 vaccines combined. Fifty-three children received sports physicals and 29 children received free haircuts. In partnership with the Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System 726 shoes were provided for students, and in partnership with Houston Food Bank 1,100 meals were served onsite for children.
Sponsors included Fort Bend County Constables Precinct 2, City of Missouri City, Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System, St. John’s United Methodist Church, Community Health Choice, City of Richmond, Reliant an NRG Company, LabCorp, Houston Food Bank, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, Allegiance Bank, CenterPoint Energy, Sister’s with Style, Southern Ice Cream and Niagara Bottling.
Fort Bend County Commissioner Grady Prestage of Precinct 2 once again provided generous in-kind support for this year’s health fairs. Brenda Patton, Community Relations Manager for Precinct 2 and Sharonda DeBose of AccessHealth served as Co-Chairs of the planning committee which included members of the Fort Bend County Collaborative Information System.
To kick off the health fairs, AccessHealth hosted its inaugural Back-to-School Breakfast at the Marriott in Sugar Land Town Center. Keynote speaker, Judge KP George addressed an audience of approximately 300 guests about the importance of preparing students for a healthy and successful school year.