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.
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.
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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