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Local outreach programs addressing increasing concerns about coronavirus

Posted at 10:55 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 07:08:39-05

LAKE WORTH BEACH, Fla. — As the planning phase for the coronavirus moves forward in Florida, there’s an extra push to ensure all members of the community have access to accurate and clear information.

The Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth Beach is ramping up its outreach efforts so the messaging about protection and safety comes from a trusted voice.

On Sunday, the non-profit organization hosted a community health fair in partnership with Wellington Regional Medical Center.

The health fair was scheduled several months in advance after medical professionals noticed a concerning trend about a lapse in prenatal care in underserved communities.

In addition to offering free health screenings, doctors and medical students were also able to address increasing concerns about the coronavirus.

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“It’s just really about providing a need to this community and being a light when some of them feel like there’s a lot of darkness. and being able to relate to this community and understanding they can come free of judgment and free of bias and really be helped” said Nigel Jagoo, a medical student practicing at Wellington Regional Medical Center.

The free clinic will be offered every three months.

However, doctors from Wellington Regional Medical Center have a three-year plan in place to eventually offer services on a weekly basis.

The Guatemalan-Maya Center is located at 430 N G Street in Lake Worth Beach.