Fair Works to Break Down Barriers to Health Care


Several agencies in Grand Island are teaming up to help people of all races navigate the health care system.

In its third year, organizers said the Multicultural Health Fair continues to grow.

Nearly 200 people were expected to receive free health screenings Saturday at the G.I. YWCA.

It’s care organizers said some people don’t otherwise know how to find.

"It's already difficult to navigate the health care environment. If you add in a language barrier to the mix or if you're new to the community it makes it much more difficult; and so what we do here is that for every station that we have available we have someone who can interpret," said Jocelyn Schade, Multicultural Coalition executive director.

Schade said, by informing people of the health services in the community, it could cut down on costly and unneeded emergency room visits.

Thirty percent of Hall County's residents are considered minorities.

Grand Island Community Health Screenings team up with various agencies to put on health fairs four times a year in G.I.