REACH Center hosts health fair
From Contributed Reports
Thursday, June 20, 2019
The REACH Center in partnership with Nash UNC Health Care, Word Tabernacle Church and Trillium recently hosted a community health and wellness fair, All Things Health.
The event, which took place at The Impact Center, aimed to promote healthy living by providing an awareness of services available to assist people in improving their health.
Participants of the fair took part in various screenings for blood pressure, weight management, cholesterol and glucose levels. Thirty-two organizations shared information around childhood asthma, stroke prevention, mental health, Medicare/Medicaid, nutrition, infection control and more. A fun Zumba workout, free haircuts, and hands-only CPR were available as well.
The fair also included a screening of the film, “Resilience,” which focuses on addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences. Workshops around financial literacy, parenting, education and legal services were also offered.
Trishonda Roberson, executive director of The REACH Center, felt the community health and wellness fair was a necessity because approximately 90 people of people served through The REACH Center’s various programs live at or below the federal poverty line.
“Low-income families often live with untreated diseases and conditions that could have been prevented or managed if awareness, education and other support services and resources are known and provided,” Roberson said.
Healthy People 2020, which is an initiative by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, highlights the importance of addressing the social determinants of health that plague many of our communities, causing an increase in poor health conditions. These social determinants include, but are not limited to, lack of education and employment opportunities, poor social support, adverse childhood experiences, poverty and exposure to violence.
“One of our goals at The REACH Center is to assist in the reduction of health disparities in the area. In order to do that we must make sure we are addressing every area of an individual’s life — socially, economically, physically, financially and scholastically, that could impact their health outcome,” Roberson said.
The REACH Center plans to host the fair annually and continue to offer health related services and programs throughout the year. For more information about The REACH Center services and volunteer opportunities, contact Roberson at 252-937-2942 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.