Grossmont Healthcare District provided hundreds of free health care screenings for children at 2016 Kids Care Fest

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, provided free health care screenings at its recent 2016 Kids Care Fest event held Nov. 5 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds. Hundreds of children received free health care screenings at the 15th annual event.

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Through sponsorship and partnership, GHD provided a variety of health screenings at 2016 Kids Care Fest, including nearly 130 vision screenings, over 100 dental screenings and dozens of children’s wellness checkups. Additional health services offered at this year’s event included free flu and Tdap shots; nearly 60 flu shots were provided to both children and adults.  The event also featured and provided information to hundreds of community members from dermatologists, pharmacists and other medical professionals, as well as free kids fingerprinting and children’s books. Additional free activities included rock climbing, inflatable obstacle course and pony rides, along with demonstrations and displays from law enforcement, including police and fire officials.

Healthcare partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest included Sharp Grossmont Hospital, Rady Children’s Hospital, Borrego Community Health Foundation, University of California at San Diego Eye Mobile for Children, La Maestra Community Health Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Champions for Health, Neighborhood Healthcare and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency’s East Region El Cajon Family Resource Center.

Community partners supporting 2016 Kids Care Fest included El Capitan Stadium Association, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Optimist Club of Lakeside, Lakeside Union School District, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, KUSI-NEWS, KSON-FM 97.3 and 92.1 and Radio Latina 104.5-FM.

The Grossmont Healthcare District was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa. GHD serves as landlord for the hospital property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information on Kids Care Fest, click here.