CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Several events in central Illinois honored Hispanic Heritage Month this weekend.
The Centro for Hispanic and Immigrant Community (CHICO) hosted their event at Fairview Park in Decatur. The event included music, dancing, food, face painting, balloon animals and games for the whole family.
“I wanted to engage with my people,” said CHICO member Elizabeth Rivera. “So finding all these different community members and just finding exposure was really important to me.”
The second Hispanic heritage event was a clinic held at Carle Hospital in Champaign.
Campana De Salud has partnered with Illinois Extension Integrated Health Disparities programs and Carle Illinois College of Medicine. They provided health care to people struggling with insurance, native Spanish speakers, and undocumented immigrants.
During the clinic, providers were able to perform lipid and glucose checks as well as private consultations with Spanish-speaking physicians.
“I’m passionate about health,” said Kellie Mullany, a student at Carle. “I want everyone to have an equal chance and so I try to work hard to defend that as much as possible.”
The group hopes to host the clinic every year.