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Bangladeshi American Alliance health and resource fair

May 2nd, the Center for Interfaith Cooperation hosted a Health Fair for the Bangladeshi American Alliance at the Indiana Interchurch Center. Nearly a hundred people came — kids, parents, grandparents — to learn more about healthcare options, to consult privately with Bangla-speaking physicians (who came to the event from around the state) … and to enjoy a glorious spring day with families and friends. It was one of the most colorful Saturdays at the Interchurch Center in quite a while.

Members of the Bangladeshi American Alliance outside the Interchurch Center

Members of the Bangladeshi American Alliance outside the Interchurch Center

Events like this are important for the Immigrant & Refugee Service Corps, the AmeriCorps program CIC manages. The primary emphasis of the IRSC is to extend healthcare to under-served newcomer populations in Central Indiana. The BAA’s Health Fair showed how important this can be. It was a chance for newcomers who are in many cases unfamiliar with American laws and practices to receive advice and screening from doctors who speak their language and understand their culture.

A chance to consult with a physician who speaks you language and shares your culture

A chance to consult with a physician who speaks you language and shares your culture

This was not the first event for the Bangladeshi American Alliance at the Interchurch Center. In December they joined CIC partner OBAT Helpers to organize a unique celebration of Bangladesh’s Victory Day at the Center … see images from that event here.

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Receiving expert advice to enroll for HIP 2.0

Receiving expert advice to enroll for HIP 2.0

Bangla speaking physicians came from around the state

Bangla speaking physicians came from around the state

Important information about options

Important information about options

Signing up to learn more about choices

Signing up to learn more about choices

Information about an IRSC host site that provides services to immigrants

Information about an IRSC host site that provides services to immigrants

Melissa Miller of the Indiana Attorney General's office explained how to avoid being the victim of fraud and abuse

Melissa Miller of the Indiana Attorney General’s office explained how to avoid being the victim of fraud and abuse

Families wait to consult with a physician

Families wait to consult with a physician

The real beneficiaries of the Health Fair

The real beneficiaries of the Health Fair

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Families waiting to consult with a doctor … and having a fun time socializing with one another

The Interchurch Center offers an ideal space for kids to play while they're waiting

The Interchurch Center offers an ideal space for kids to play while they’re waiting

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