November 7, 2022
(INGLEWOOD, CA) – Inglewood’s District 4 held a Family Health Fest last week to provide free flu and COVID-19 vaccines for the community, with the goal of increasing the number of vaccinated families before the flu season begins.
Roughly 200 families attended the event, hosted by Councilwoman Dionne Faulk. Community organizations set up booths to provide resources to neighborhood residents and promote health and well-being for families in the district.
Fun and family took center stage. Adai Lamar from KJLH radio opened the event by inviting guests to join her in a social square dance. There were bean bag tosses and face-painting for kids, and domino matches for adults. The first 25 families to get vaccinated received a free $50 gas card.
“We wanted to get back to the community,” said Melissa A. Sandfield, the staff assistant at the City of Inglewood. “The pandemic taught us a lot about building and bonding together, through health care, wellness, family and community today.”
“Doing this helps us spread awareness about who we are as an organization,” says Mikala Mulitauaopele, the community outreach coordinator at WIN LA, a non-profit organization that services the communities of Inglewood, Hawthorne, and Lenix. “We want to engage with families with little ones, ages zero to five, to promote strong foundations.”
Several organizations and public officials in attendance offered information about the resources available to their constituents. Beat Center 4 Liason Aaron Elize came out to show his support. “I make sure people get contacted with the right person in the city hall or police department or someone in finance, or another department, that will help them meet their needs.”
In addition to the free flu and COVID-19 vaccinations, the event provided free Blood Pressure, Glucose and Anemia Screenings. For more information on vaccine clinics, residents can visit the LA County Public Health website.