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Hundreds get prescription glasses at Health & Wellness Fair The line was already long by 6:00 a.m. and continued to grow as the Community Health & Wellness Fair got underway in Sacramento on Saturday, August 10. Hosted by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), the community’s partnership with VSP Vision Care and other health organizations provided over 300 people with eye exams and prescription glasses and hundreds more with health screenings and resources. “We’re out in the community and we see so many people have health needs and are having trouble getting the health care they need,” said Dr. Richard Pan. “I know we have had over 300 people signup saying they are coming to the event so we know the need is tremendous. Hopefully we can make a small dent in that, but we know it’s going to be ongoing work with our community partners to help get people healthy in Sacramento.” “I haven’t been able to afford glasses so when a friend of mine told me about this event, we got here at 5:10 a.m.,” said Kwateca Riviore of Sacramento. “I’m on Medi-Cal but they don’t cover glasses so this event is really important for me and my family. I get headaches and have to squint and people think I’m frowning, but really I can’t see. I need this because it has been hard to pass my driver’s license exam and get a job.” Along with eye exams and glasses, the fair also provided demonstrations for healthy cooking with the non-profit teen organization The Fresh Producers, free medical screens for things like blood pressure, free dental screenings, back to school supplies and information about new health insurance opportunities under the Affordable Care Act. When the VSP Vision Care eye care vouchers ran out, people were still able to sign up for future appointments to ensure that no one in need who made time to arrive would be denied an opportunity to be examined. “ This was a good event because it helps you with things healthwise and schoolwise, that’s why we are here,” said Bilal Nazin of Sacramento. “ We appreciate the job they are doing.”

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