• The San Juan Daily Star

Health & culture fair slated for Saturday in Caguas

Raúl Russi, president & CEO of Acacia Network

By John McPhaul

As part of the Municipality of Caguas’s Christmas events and its “Saturdays for the Plaza in Caguas” initiative, a health fair entitled “FERIARTE” will be held Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. in Plaza Santiago R. Palmer in the town’s urban area.

The event coincides with the celebration of the 10th anniversary of SANOS Corp., a non-profit organization that provides health services in the Caguas region.

FERIARTE is organized by the largest Latino non-profit entity in the state of New York. It is completely free, and people of all ages will be able to receive primary and mental health services, including rapid tests and COVID-19 vaccines, consultations with psychologists, and holistic services such as yoga, acupuncture clinics, massages and nutrition consultations.

In addition, attendees will be able to enjoy a varied cultural agenda that will include talks, creative workshops and recreational activities, as well as live music by the Tuna Estudiantina de Cayey, among other local artists, said Ángel M. Santini Palos, Acacia Network vice president of special projects, events, marketing and public relations.

“At a time when we urge people not to lower their guard with the measures against COVID-19, especially now that we are in the middle of Christmas, Acacia Network brings the FERIARTE event to Caguas, a municipality known for its commitment to the arts and the culture,” said Raúl Russi, president & CEO of Acacia Network. “This is a close collaboration with Mayor William Miranda Torres, who opened the doors for us to celebrate this important event that brings together health, well being and culture within the same space. At the same time, we are working together in the development and construction of a special project that enables the first two resilient houses in Puerto Rico.”

Acacia Network launched the FERIARTE initiative after Hurricane Maria in order to address primary and mental health crises in Puerto Rico. Acacia Network’s presence in Puerto Rico dates back to 2012, when the New York City-based organization developed Palacio Dorado, a sustainable housing project in Toa Alta for seniors. Following Hurricane Maria in 2017, and subsequent earthquakes and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Acacia reaffirmed its commitment to the island through significant humanitarian relief efforts that have continued to the present.

The FERIARTE health fair is presented in collaboration with government agencies, local health and community-based organizations, including the Municipality of Caguas, SANOS Corp., Puerto Rico Salud, the Mennonite Health System, Connecting Paths, the Health Project and Acupuncture for the Pueblo, the College of Nursing Professionals of PR, Comprehensive Mountain Health and EJE Platform, among others.

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