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Via Christi reaches underserved at Cafe con Leche

Via Christi was a sponsor and participant in the 18th annual Café Con Leche, a bilingual health and wellness fair focused on native Spanish speakers.

More than 900 people took part in the event, including 233 children. More than half of the attendees completed surveys, with nearly nine out of 10 participants reporting that they were uninsured.

At the event, they could access a wide range of services including clinical breast exams, vision and dental screenings, flu shots, glucose and cholesterol checks and a safe sleep class for new and expectant moms and dads.

“Now that driver’s education isn’t offered as part of the high school curriculum any more, being there to help teenagers who are just learning to drive is really important,” says Ascension Medical Group volunteer Maria Hernandez, who joined teammates Rasheeda Henderson, Lauren Lopez and Valeri Santana in helping Ronda Lusk with the Via Christi-led Kohl’s Safe Teen Driver program activities.

Letting younger children use the 911 simulator to learn what to say in an emergency can be real life-saver, says Hernandez, adding, “It makes calling less scary and children more prepared.”

Also representing Via Christi at the event were Lucy Torres, who provided information about insurance and cancer care navigation through Via Christi’s Cancer Outreach and Risk Assessment program, and residents and faculty members of Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency program, who were providing free sports physicals.

About Roz Hutchinson

Roz Hutchinson is a Wichita wife, mother and chief spoiler of six grandkids and three Chihuahuas, a die-hard women's basketball fan, and director of Communications and Public Relations for Ascension Via Christi.