CHDI, UCISD set 18th-annual wellness fair for Friday

Community Health Development Inc. chief executive officer Rachel Gonzales-Hanson (fourth from left) and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District executive director for communications and marketing Anne Marie Espinoza (fifth from left) are joined by CHDI board members and wellness fair sponsors to show off the event banner for the Uvalde High School wellness fair, set Aug. 9 from 4-7 p.m. Present for the photo were (left to right) CHDI's Ramona Diego, Melinda Estrada and Brenda Delgado; Oscar Benavides of Vulcan Materials, Alicia Ramirez of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, Rita Parrish of Electric Transmission Texas; and CHDI's Christy Cortez and Lupe Vela. (Uvalde Leader-News photo by Steve Balke.)

More than 40 local agencies are expected to participate in the free and open-to-the-public wellness fair, scheduled Friday and organized by Community Health Development Inc. and Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District in observance of National Health Center Week.

This year’s event will be held from 4-7 p.m. at the Uvalde High School Cafeteria, 1 Coyote Trail. The fair will have a carnival theme: “Wellness Fair Carnival – Where Wellness Can Be Fun.”

CHDI, parent organization of Our Health/Nuestro Centro de Salud, is thankful for the multiple event sponsors who help make the event a yearly occurrence.

Immunizations will be available for students who will be entering pre-K through high school in the fall. Students will also be able to register for UCISD bus cards and learn about many school programs. The annual wellness fair features fun activities for children and their families.

Agencies will be providing free wellness information covering a wide variety of health topics affecting the Southwest Texas population, from the common cold and allergies to more serious concerns such as skin cancer and obesity. Free screenings will be offered for glaucoma, diabetes, and blood pressure.

The South Texas Blood Bank will be available to accept blood donations from 4-7 p.m. at the Uvalde High School parking lot.

So far, agencies scheduled to participate include Amerigroup, AVANCE Head Start, CHDI, Consulado de Mexico/Ventanilla de Salud, Dentistry for Little People, Department of State Health Services, Dia De Los Ninos, Family Service Association, FirstCare Health Plans, H-E-B Pharmacy, KVOU Radio, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Maverick County Hospital District, Maximus, Methodist Health Care Ministries, Middle Rio Grande Development Council, No Excuse Moms, San Antonio Food Bank, Serving Children & Adults in Need, South Texas Blood & Tissue, South Texas Rural Health Services, Southwest Area Regional Transit District, Southwest Family Life Center, Southwest Texas Junior College, St. Henry De Osso Family Project, Sul Ross State University, Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas Department of Health Services, Texas Workforce Commission, University of Texas Health Science Center, UCISD, Uvalde County Health Department, Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Uvalde EMS, Uvalde Health and Rehabilitation, Uvalde Housing Authority, Uvalde Medical & Surgical Associates, Uvalde Memorial Hospital, Uvalde Police Department, Uvalde Smiles, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department, Vulcan Materials and Women, Infants, and Children.

For more information about the wellness fair, contact Lupe Vela at 830-278-5604, extension 3231, or via email at

For more information about CHDI, please visit

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