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VN CARES expands outreach to Oakland

Oct 1, 2011

By: Dua Moua ‘09

Pacific's VN CARES hosted the VN CARES Summer Health Fair in Oakland, California on July 9, 2011 at the Vietnamese American Community Center of East Bay (VACCEB) which offered free health screenings to the community. The screenings included cholesterol, blood pressure, blood glucose, bone marrow density and fall prevention. During the health fair, the students also provided educational information on the Medication Use Safety Training program, antibiotic awareness, arthritis education, and Hepatitis B.

Our students continue to dedicate their marketing efforts toward local media channels that serve the respective communities drawing more than 80 participants to their event. VN CARES was able to submit their announcement in the VieTODAY television and online broadcast as shown in the video below.

Through community health fairs, our students are able to reach out to underserved communities and non-English speakers especially Asian elderly members who either are uninsured or cannot afford doctor visits. For more information on how to get involved, contact Katie Nguyen '13, VN CARES co-chair, at

To view the video, click here:

Note: the video was broadcasted in Vietnamese. A transcription of the video is provided below.

Reporter: "The past weekend, on July 9, 2011, the Vietnamese American Community Center of East Bay (VACCEB) located at 655 International Blvd in Oakland collaborated with pharmacists and student volunteers from University of the Pacific, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. VN CARES Committee hosted the health event including many free screenings and educational information for Vietnamese community in East Bay. There were about 100 attendees, mostly the elderly. The elderly were screened for free and educated on Hepatitis B, arthritis, poison prevention and antibiotic safety, and Medication Use Safety Training (MUST). These types of events happen quite often in Northern California with many free services offered to the elderly to promote education, health, and social life. In the future, we will provide news on upcoming health events, please stay tuned."