Binational Health Week (BHW) is one of the largest mobilization efforts of federal and state government agencies, community-based organizations, and volunteers in the Americas to improve the health and well-being of the underserved Latino population living in the United States and Canada. It encompasses an annual weeklong series of health promotion and health education activities that include workshops, insurance referrals, and medical screenings. PSEM coordinates all the events for Binational Health Week to strategically target the barriers underserved Latinos in Orange County have in obtaining information and resource.
These barriers are:
- Understanding the health care system
- No health insurance provided by employer
- Lack of awareness about the program available
- Legal Status
- Unfamiliar with the system
- Unable to stay or move from county to county.
PSEM works with families to overcome these barriers by educating families at community events, health fairs and working with clinics to provide a unique referral system so families can be link to program services or health care insurance at no cost or low cost. These events can be from 200 to 2000 individuals per event.
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