Glendale Health Festival
The Glendale Health Festival is a community service of the Armenian American Medical Society (AAMS) in collaboration with the City of Glendale Parks and Recreation, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, Northwest Glendale Lions Club, the Armenian American Nurses’ Association and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. On that day, physicians and nurses volunteer their services to consult uninsured patients living in Glendale, Hollywood, and nearby communities. The health festival includes free medical screenings and health education for the whole family on conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity and proper nutrition, cancer awareness, diabetes, heart disease, bone health, and more. Breast and cervical cancer screenings are offered to appropriate patients. On-site multi-lingual medical staff provides health-related information and advice. In addition, the festival features free food, entertainment and activities for the entire family. The health festival is attended by as many as 1,500 patients.
The goal of the health festival is not simply to provide patients with an annual physical exam, but also to anticipate their needs and refer patients to other county-funded facilities for continuity of care.