Cornelius Page Jr. is hoping to clear up area residents' confusion concerning their health care benefits.


"A lot of people don't understand the insurance that they have and how it works for them and their family," Page said.


His organization, the Community Health Action Network, will be holding a health care information fair Saturday at New Life Chapel. Page said he hopes coming to the CHAN event will "crack the door" to inform people about their own benefits.


"We want to fulfill that service," Page said, "by educating you and empowering you to be able to reach out and help somebody else and (for) somebody else reach out and help you."


The event will focus on struggling people and families who are not fully capable of discovering a health care plan right for their personal needs.


"Our expectation was 150; we have over 350 people" signed up, said Sylvia Vallejo De Leon, with the Children's Health Initiative at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary (formerly St. Mary's Medical Center). "Of those 350 people, 212 want eyeglasses and then 100-plus want dental."


Page said he hopes CHAN can be the voice in the wilderness that guides area residents to a healthier life.


"My whole sense of direction is the voice that cries out in the wilderness," he said. "It's the voice that cries out; hear that voice."


The Community Health Action Network Operation takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at New Life Chapel, 15975 Hercules Street in Hesperia. For more information, call (760) 241-9900.