Throughout the weekend, hundreds of Southern California women will converge on Long Beach to receive what many of them can’t afford — health care services.
The free three-day women’s fair is a precursor to California First Lady Maria Shriver’s annual women’s conference that begins Sunday night.
Before then, uninsured and underinsured women will receive a variety of free services at Cal State Long Beach. There’s a lot available — from pap smears, mammograms and teeth cleanings to nutrition tips, yoga and financial advice. Cosmetologists are even on hand to offer beauty makeovers.
Lauren Scott, 20, came from Riverside. She visited the medical section first.
“I wanted to get a physical because I wanted to get a job because I know they ask for physicals there and I don’t have health insurance," said Scott. "I also want to get my teeth cleaned because they’re doing that and maybe even a flu shot. I didn’t even know they had it but my mom just told me they did, so I figured I’d do that.”
More than 1,000 volunteers are running the event. Many of them worked with the Remote Area Medical free clinic when it operated in Los Angeles this spring.
Organizers expect that more than 2,000 women will attend.