Health Resource Fair draws large crowd

An aerial view of the Health Resource Fair shows a multitude of tables, manned by various local agencies and organizations. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Howard Nettles (right), Director of Community Outreach and Recruiting for Genesis Health Care, Inc., gave information and helpful advice to the many visitors at the fair. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

By Stephan Drew, Editor

The Darlington County Coordinating Council held a Community Health and Resource Fair on January 18th at the Coach T.B. Thomas Sports Center, 701 W. Washington St. in Hartsville. A large crowd gathered to receive free medical screenings and valuable information on healthcare, medical treatments and advanced options available in our area. Over 50 vendors, including medical personnel, trained consultants, first responders, insurance specialists and medical equipment representatives were on hand to assist the large crowd which gathered in the center.

Health fairs are interactive educational events that offer outreach for wellness and health initiatives. These events help public and private organizations showcase their resources and programs that contribute to the health and well-being of all members of the public.They provide health education and preventative medicine awareness in an approachable way. Instead of facing a doctor in a white coat, participants can walk up to vendors and ask questions in a laidback atmosphere. A non-medical setting may also encourage your employees to do screenings they may normally not do, like a blood pressure measurement.

Visitors were able to have their blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels checked and were also afforded BMI (Body Mass Index) screenings. COVID vaccines and other rapid tests were available as well.

Howard J. Nettles, Director of Community Outreach for Genesis Health Care, Inc., said, “This Resource Fair is a great venue for bringing local community agencies (healthcare, medication access, insurance, utilities, etc.) together in one place so that we can assist those in need.” Nettles went on to say, “Similar events have been scheduled in Darlington as well and will begin in February.”

Author: Stephan Drew

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