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African Community Health Fair to offer free health screenings

Attendees visit an information table at the 2017 African Community Health Fair.
Progressive Emporium & Education Center

A group of St. Louis businesses and nonprofits are joining together Saturday to host the third annual African Community Health Fair.

The event, which promotes self-care and wellness for African-Americans, will offer a range of free health tests, including blood pressure, cholesterol, vision and podiatry screenings. Organizers say the fair provides a vital service, particularly for those who don’t have regular access to health care.

“[The fair] brings increased awareness of health risk to the community and direct access to health education,” event organizer Veronica Banks said.

More than 25 health care organizations will be on-site, including CHIPS’ Community Health and Wellness Center, Planned Parenthood and Affinia Health.

The fair will also feature Ojo the Storyteller and performances by the St. Louis-based group Ngonma in Motion, as well as holistic healing demonstrations.

The goal, Banks said, is to encourage residents to take a more comprehensive view of their health.

“We hope that it’s going to increase what we call self-care,” she said. “Whether it’s health wellness or if it’s taking care of yourself through other kinds of ways; mentally, spiritually or physically.”

The African Community Health Fair is co-sponsored by Progressive Emporium & Education Center, Sudan Illustrators Inc, TEACH Society, Good Journey Development Foundation, McCormack Baron Salazar, Uhuru Lifestyles, Milele Evolving and Alderman Terry Kennedy, D-18th Ward.

If you go:
Time: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Place: Progressive Emporium and Education Center, 1108 N. Sarah St., and Turner Park, North Sarah and CD Banks streets
Cost: Free

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Shahla Farzan was a reporter at St. Louis Public Radio. Before becoming a journalist, Shahla spent six years studying native bees, eventually earning her PhD in ecology from the University of California-Davis. Her work for St. Louis Public Radio on drug overdoses in Missouri prisons won a 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. 

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