Latino Health And Wellness Fair

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Payasa Chely, Araceli Ladino, the representative from Fidelis Care and Rodolfo Cano who sent a representative as well as Jaime Huete from Health First who came with Jenniffer
Payasa Chely, Araceli Ladino, the representative from Fidelis Care and Rodolfo Cano who sent a representative as well as Jaime Huete from Health First who came with Jenniffer

A Health and Wellness Fair for the Spanish-speaking community was recently held at Great Neck House. Paz Menjivar, RN, Great Neck member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) and a bilingual community activist, spearheaded the event by collaborating with various agencies to provide information for attendees in English, Spanish and Chinese.

From left: Daniel Suarez, president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Dr. Javier Morales, RN Paz Menjivar and Dr. Merces Assumpcao-Morales
From left: Daniel Suarez, president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), Dr. Javier Morales, RN Paz Menjivar and Dr. Merces Assumpcao-Morales
From left: Williana Lopez and Regina Luna
From left: Williana Lopez and Regina Luna

With the support of Daniel Suarez, MA, RN, president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN), as well as his wife, Vivienne Torres-Suarez, president of the Manhattan NAHN chapter, Menjivar rallied together volunteers including Javier Morales, MD, internal medicine in Great Neck; Merces Assumpcao-Morales, MD, internal medicine at Winthrop Hospital; Maria Pena, MD, endocrinology from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Paul S. Berg, MD, gastroenterology from Woodbury Medical Group, North Shore-LIJ; Edna Khodadadian, MD, gastroenterology; Tai-Ping Lee, MD, gastroenterology and hepatology, North Shore-LIJ Health System; Mary Ann Bilotti, DPM, from Long Island Foot and Ankle Group; Simon Cheirif, DDS, from Dental For Kids Only (DAFKO) in Roslyn Heights; and insurance companies including Fidelis Care and Health First.

Zachary Han and Casey Poon are North High School students.
Zachary Han and Casey Poon are North High School students.

Susanne Marcus, ESL teacher from Great Neck North High School and an inspiration to Menjivar and the community, came to support this event. A clown, Araceli Ladino, voluntarily provided entertainment for the children and children’s physical education was provided by Cynthia Simins, PT.

Merlita Naval Mendoza, RN at North Shore-LIJ, tracing cardiac and women’s health
Merlita Naval Mendoza, RN at North Shore-LIJ, tracing cardiac and women’s health

Paul S. Berg, MD, AA Oficina Intergrupal de Nassau County, Waldbaum’s of Great Neck, Toskana Pizzeria in Great Neck, Antonino’s of Great Neck, Gino’s Pizza of Great Neck and Salvadorean Deli in Port Washington graciously donated food to this event.

Ana Hernandez is a nursing student from Queensborough Community College.
Ana Hernandez is a nursing student from Queensborough Community College.

To ensure the success of this event, North High School alumnus Areli Aquino volunteered her time along with Casey Yu Poon and Zachary Han, students of Great Neck North High School.

From left: Rosalina Menjivar (mother of Paz Menjivar), Giselle Rodrigues (daughter of Paz Menjivar), Dawn Diaz (keynote speaker), Paz Menjivar (event host and organizer, NAHN member), Mark Rodrigues (son of Paz Menjivar)
From left: Rosalina Menjivar (mother of Paz Menjivar), Giselle Rodrigues (daughter of Paz Menjivar), Dawn Diaz (keynote speaker), Paz Menjivar (event host and organizer, NAHN member), Mark Rodrigues (son of Paz Menjivar)

Other organizations that prepared educational topics included North Shore-LIJ Trauma and Accident Prevention, Tabaco Community Outreach teams, RN Kathleen Dunckley, John Lundgren II from Massage Envy, Alcoholicos Anonimos Intergrupo de Nassau, Neuroticos Anonimos, Planned Parenthood, COPAY Inc. and Ruth Trujillo-Petrew, LCSW, Family, Couple, Adult and Children Counseling Services.

From left: Susanne Marcus, Paz Menjivar and Dawn Diaz. Menjivar said that Marcus and Diaz are an inspiration. Marcus is an ESL teacher and coach to the students and parents at North High School in Great Neck. Menjivar said Marcus is “...always going the extra mile for her students and their parents, involved in their lives and in events that only inspire good in others.” Diaz is an advocate for those who have suffered violence and trauma in their lives, including victims of domestic violence. She is the founder of Milagros Day and is an author, coach, motivational speaker and great hope for the community. She was the keynote speaker at the health fair, where everyone was touched by her speech and words of encouragement.
From left: Susanne Marcus, Paz Menjivar and Dawn Diaz. Menjivar said that Marcus and Diaz are an inspiration. Marcus is an ESL teacher and coach to the students and parents at North High School in Great Neck. Menjivar said Marcus is “…always going the extra mile for her students and their parents, involved in their lives and in events that only inspire good in others.” Diaz is an advocate for those who have suffered violence and trauma in their lives, including victims of domestic violence. She is the founder of Milagros Day and is an author, coach, motivational speaker
and great hope for the community. She was the keynote speaker at the health fair, where everyone was touched by her speech and words of encouragement.

Menjivar’s coworker nurses prepared presentations on health-education topics, such as cardiac disease and stroke prevention, renal disease, diabetes education, nutritional education, asthma education, colon, breast, skin and testicular cancer awareness, eye diseases, child safety, obesity and bullying prevention. Menjivar’s children, Mark and Giselle Rodrigues, supported their mother’s efforts by helping to make the health fair a reality.

Sue Tsae Tiaug is a diabetic educator from Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.
Sue Tsae Tiaug is a diabetic educator from Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx.

Dawn Diaz, a former NYC fire department captain, author and CEO of Milagros Day Worldwide, gave an inspiring keynote address in English and Spanish, encouraging the audience to “Dare to Dream and Dare to Act”.

From left: Dr. Paul S. Berg, RNs Merlita Naval-Mendoza, Patricia Magnotta and Marni Rubin, all coworkers of Paz Menjivar, volunteered at the fair.
From left: Dr. Paul S. Berg, RNs Merlita Naval-Mendoza, Patricia Magnotta and Marni Rubin, all coworkers of Paz Menjivar, volunteered at the fair.

Menjivar extends special thanks to Regina Luna, medical assistant at North Shore-LIJ (NSLIJ) Medical Group, who provided free books to the children who attended the fair; Carmen Calles, preschool teacher, for volunteering her time; Ruby Azra, RN and NP student of Stony Brook University; Diane Hendriks, LPN; Tsae Tiaug Su, RN, diabetic educator; Gina Cuneo, NAHN Manhattan Chapter; Ana Hernandez, nursing student from Queensborough Community College; Andres Zaldivar, Neuroticos Anonimos; Matilde Melendez, AA; Flora Dominguez, NSLIJ Smoking Cessation; Claudia Ramos, NSLIJ Accident and Trauma Prevention; Angie, a medical assistant from Long Island Foot and Ankle Group; as well as to North Shore nurses Merlita Naval, Patricia Magnotta, Marni Rubin, Williana Lopez, Judith Lopez, Lauren Di Gigiogia, Katherine Dunckley, NSLIJ Accident and Trauma Prevention; Patricia Folan, NSLIJ Smoking Cesation Education; Joan Bush, NSLIJ Child Safety Education; and Pei Yu Liu, who graciously volunteered their time at this community event.

RN Paz Menjivar was host and organizer of the event.
RN Paz Menjivar was host and organizer of the event.

Menjivar is also grateful to the Great Neck Park District and Great Neck House for their wonderful support.

The Health and Wellness Fair at Great Neck House was hosted by RN Paz Menjivar, member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).
The Health and Wellness Fair at Great Neck House was hosted by RN Paz Menjivar, member of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN).

The National Association of Hispanic Nurses is committed to advocating the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses.

Neurotics Anonimos
Neurotics Anonimos
The flyer for the event was created by Menjivar’s son, Mark Rodrigues, an art student at Full Sail University in Florida.
The flyer for the event was created by Menjivar’s son, Mark Rodrigues, an art student at Full Sail University in Florida.
From left: Nurses Catherine Dunckley and Claudia Ramos are from North Shore Hospital trauma and accident prevention.
From left: Nurses Catherine Dunckley and Claudia Ramos are from North Shore Hospital trauma and accident prevention.
Dentist Dr. Simon Cheirif from DAFKO (Dental Associates For Kids Only) in Roslyn
Dentist Dr. Simon Cheirif from DAFKO (Dental Associates For Kids Only) in Roslyn
Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood
RNs Patricia Magnotta and Merlita Naval Mendoza work at North Shore with Paz Mejivar.
RNs Patricia Magnotta and Merlita Naval Mendoza work at North Shore with Paz Mejivar.
Dr. Tai-Ping Lee of North Shore-LIJ Hepatology presented on Hepatitis.
Dr. Tai-Ping Lee of North Shore-LIJ Hepatology presented on Hepatitis.
Early in the day
Early in the day
Dawn Diaz was the keynote speaker.
Dawn Diaz was the keynote speaker.
The audience listened to keynote speaker Dawn Diaz.
The audience listened to keynote speaker Dawn Diaz.

 

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