Infectious Diseases Alliance to host family-friendly back-to-school health festival with screenings, immunizations

The Infectious Diseases (ID) Alliance of Case Western Reserve University—a group of community health leaders and advocates, social scientists, doctors and researchers dedicated to preventing infectious diseases in our Cleveland community—recently received funding from CWRU and the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland to engage young people in creating their own sexual health awareness campaign. As a first step, the ID Alliance is co-sponsoring a Health Festival Celebrating Back to School with the Cleveland Department of Public Health and MetroHealth. The festival will be Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at J. Glen Smith Health Center (11100 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland).

At the family-friendly event, services will include immunizations for children; asthma screening; HIV, lead or sickle cell testing; and “Ask a Doc.” Other agencies (WellCare, CareSource, Cleveland fire and safety departments) also will be available to answer questions and provide materials.

Stop by for food, face painting, prizes and, most importantly, to learn about health services available to you.

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