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Community Health Fair Featuring Traditional Healing Practices

  • Mexican American Cultural Center 600 River Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

A community health fair organized by Marika Alvarado, an idea originator with Dell Med's Center for Place-Based Initiatives, is open to all. The purpose of the fair is to share with others — including health care providers — how the traditional healing practices of Native Americans and others can be part of a holistic, vital and inclusive health ecosystem. Alvarado has mastered the traditional healing practices of her Mescalero/Lipan Apache elders. During the fair, volunteers trained in the Curanderismo method of indigenous healing will offer services to the community.

Donations of $10 are suggested and accepted.

About the Call for Ideas

The Center for Place-Based Initiatives at Dell Med issued a call for ideas from Central Texas residents to improve health in their communities. 88 people in Central Texas responded with nearly 100 ideas, and the school is actively developing 10 of those ideas to improve health on a community-wide scale. Idea originators are people who want to be agents of change for health in their community. They build on their lived experience and on a critical analysis of the world around them. Idea originators are curious individuals who ask themselves these questions: why are things the way they are, and how can we make them better? They bring a unique perspective to generating solutions to complex problems that affect health. Learn more >