‘Stay Strong and Live Long’ at our second annual health fair

By: David J. Canepa San Mateo County District 5 Supervisor, dcanepa@smcgov.org, 650-363-4572

As flu season is upon us, please join us for our office’s second annual Health Fair 11 a.m., Saturday, November 9 at Serramonte Shopping Center in Daly City. The theme of the fair is “Stay Strong and Live Long.”
Dozens of vendors will provide information on resources that lead to a healthier community. Flu shots will be available, and you can have your blood pressure checked as well. Officials with Hep B Free San Francisco Bay Area will be on hand to discuss the importance of being screened and why it’s critical to care for your liver.
There will also be CPR demonstrations and the Peninsula Humane Society plans to bring some furry friends to the event. Contact Ann Keighran at (650) 599-1007 or akeighgran@smcgov.org to RSVP or for more information.
In other news, my office in partnership with the San Mateo County Human Services Agency and The New Americans Campaign conducted free citizenship consultations Saturday, September 28th in North County.
About 340 individuals applied for citizenship at this event. Attendees who qualified received a $725 fee waiver. Basic requirements for eligibility are to be an active recipient in a federal public assistance program, a legal permanent resident and have been living in the United States for at least five years. Free legal services were also be provided to help attendees complete the citizenship application. Immigration lawyers typically charge $1,500 for this service. Attendees, in total, received up to $800,000 in fee waivers and free legal help at the workshop at Jefferson High School in Daly City.
The benefits of citizenship include the right to vote, running for elected office and being eligible for federal jobs, among others. There are now 250,000 people living in San Mateo County who are foreign born.
David J. Canepa serves on the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors representing District 5, which includes Brisbane.