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CHARLESTON, SC - The National Association For Continence (NAFC) along with Natividad Medical Foundation and Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas (CSVS) will be hosting an educational forum in Spanish for migrant farm workers in Monterey County, California on Monday, October 11 at César Chávez Elementary School, located at 1225 Towt Street in Salinas, CA, from 6-8 p.m. This event is being held in concurrence with Binational Health Week (BWH), an outreach program comprised of community-based organizations and volunteers to improve the health and well being of the immigrant and migrant populations living in the United States, taking place October 4-15.

This educational event is made possible by grants from the Medtronic Foundation for NAFC’s continuing outreach to Hispanic communities and from Ethicon Women’s Health & Urology, division of Ethicon, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company. The program will feature presentations made by native speaking gynecologists, family medicine physicians and nurse practitioners aimed at providing education and guidance about bladder and bowel control problems including pelvic organ prolapse and the importance of diet and weight management. General health and wellness will be addressed as well, including the prevention of diabetes and heart disease, for which Hispanics are at higher risk than non-Hispanics. Attendees will also be instructed on how to seek diagnosis and treatment for symptoms at local area clinics, as obstacles to access are numerous for this underserved population. SRS Medical and CooperSurgical have pledged to donate pessaries to medical facilities where women are diagnosed with prolapse and can benefit from non-surgical interventions. The overall goal is to facilitate improved health and a better quality of life for migrant farm workers with temporary work visas in this country. Driscoll’s, the world’s largest marketer and distributor of fresh berries, is assisting in publicity and local organization of the event.

All Spanish-speaking residents of this area are welcome to attend this free event. Childcare and food will be provided.

About NAFC
The National Association For Continence is a 501(c)3 corporation whose mission is threefold: 1) to educate the public about the causes, diagnosis categories, treatment options and management alternatives for incontinence, voiding dysfunction, nocturnal enuresis and related pelvic floor disorders; 2) to network with other organizations and agencies to elevate the visibility and priority given to these areas; and 3) to advocate on behalf of consumers who suffer from such symptoms as a result of disease or other illness, obstetrical, surgical or other trauma, or deterioration due to the aging process itself. NAFC is broadly funded by consumers, healthcare professionals and industry. It is the world’s largest and most prolific consumer advocacy organization devoted exclusively to this field.

About Natividad Medical Foundation
Established in 1988, Natividad Medical Foundation is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c)3 charitable organization. The Foundation has secured and raised millions of dollars in government grants and philanthropic contributions, assisted with purchasing equipment for Monterey County’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, supported spiritual, palliative and bereavement care services at Natividad with grant assistance from the Hospice Foundation, and has secured $5 million to expand comprehensive HIV/AIDS care.

About CSVS
Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas is dedicated to providing quality comprehensive healthcare to men, women and children with an emphasis on farm worker families and the agricultural community. CSVS expands access to services and increases patient base by providing excellent care, by addressing our patients’ needs, by maintaining a sliding fee scale and by establishing clinics and delivering services in areas with the most need. Through efficient resource management and aggressive efforts to seek outside funding, CSVS is committed to maintaining financial stability so that patients and employees benefit from its success. CSVS recruits personnel who promote and advocate the goals and philosophies of CSVS. CSVS will never forget that patient’s health is the most important objective of its system.

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