The Salvation Army Hosts Back-to-School Health and Resource Fair

Jul 17, 2023

Hundreds of Little Village residents visited The Salvation Army La Villita Corps Saturday for its annual back-to-school health and resource fair. The Salvation Army and Aetna Better Health® of Illinois started the back-to-school event last summer to help students and their families prepare for the start of the school year.

As students in Chicago prepare to return to the classroom, The Salvation Army wants to ensure they are as healthy as possible. The free community event featured numerous organizations and vendors offering resources, including blood pressure and cardiovascular health checks, to help community members get on track to a healthier self.

More than 20 partner agencies provided residents with health screenings, presentations, giveaways, prizes, and food trucks during the three-hour event.

The bilingual fair was open to everyone who wanted to stop by and offered a little something for everybody.

“We provide new clothing for kids, shoes, food, and health screenings,” Major Nivia Paredes, La Villita Corps officer, said. “It’s very good for the whole family.”

The Salvation Army was proud to partner with Aetna, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, to put on this event. With more than 30 years of experience serving Medicaid populations, including children, adults, and people with disabilities or other severe health conditions, helping members get the care they need is part of their total health approach.

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