Annual health fair designed for native Spanish speakers to take place Saturday


WICHITA, Kan. Café con Leche, an annual Hispanic-focused health and wellness fair, will take place from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Wichita’s North High School, 1437 N. Rochester.

Now in its 20th year, the event is expected to draw 800 – 1,000 participants.

This year’s event will offer a range of free healthcare services, including clinical breast exams, dental screenings, flu shots, glucose and cholesterol screenings and sports physicals for students and athletes. There also will be information about starting a small business, demos for healthy eating, a community baby shower and interactive activities for children.

Ascension Via Christi Medical Mission at Home volunteers will be helping ensure that participants find and take part in the services they need at the event and are connected for any follow-up care they may require.

“We are expanding our annual Medical Mission at Home from one day of free healthcare each year to also include other events throughout the year,” says Ascension Medical Group Via Christi’s Claudio Ferraro, who along with Phil Newlin, MD, serves as executive sponsor for the program.

Lucy Torres, an insurance navigator with Ascension Via Christi’s Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment program, says she and her teammate, Nora Martinez are looking forward to the event.

“Café con Leche is a great event for anyone needing health education and screenings, but particularly so for native Spanish speakers,” says Torres. “We’re able to reach so many people in our community who need the wealth of health resources being offered.”

Kohl’s Safe Teen and Safe Kids, both programs coordinated by Ascension Via Christi Trauma Services, also will have a presence at the event, with driving simulators to help educate youthful drivers about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving and safety activities for kids.



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