Community Advocate Hosts Free Health Fair to Help Fill the Gap in Public Health Services

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Limited access to public health services in St. John’s Rural South has motivated community advocate, Jermaine Edwards, to bring quality health services directly to the people to help improve the quality of life in her community.

As part of Community Health Improvement Week, Edwards partnered with Dr. Damian Gordon of Blue Haven Medical Center to host a FREE Health Fair and Block Party last Saturday. The event was held at the Nut Grove Basketball Court and attracted scores of local residents who took advantage of free health screenings, health education and fitness activities on offer.

“Growing up in St. John’s Rural South we had to venture to clinics in neighboring communities to access health services. Very little has changed and the absence of a health clinic continues to limit residents’ ability to address prevention, diagnosis and treatment in managing our health,” Edwards said.

Dr Damian Gordon provided a range of health tests including: Blood Pressure Checks, Cholesterol Screening, Height/Weight/BMI Checks and Skin Exams.

“We want to help raise awareness of many preventable health problems and to encourage early detection and treatment of many diseases,”  Dr. Gordon said.

According to Jermaine Edwards, the health screenings and other services provided at the Health Fair were well received by the community.

“We want to encourage residents to take charge of their health by making health care affordable and convenient. We invited a number of partners to assist in providing invaluable resources to our vibrant community. Together, we will empower each other to achieve our health and wellness goals,” Jermaine Edwards said.

Recognizing the importance of physical activity in improving overall health, the event also featured Socarobics and fitness challenges with Dancerboy Shan of Groove It Right Fitness. Attendees also had the opportunity to win prizes and free water and Gatorade were provided.

The event was supported by ABI Insurance, Cool and Smooth, Excqution Sound and a number of local vendors.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Indeed. Should be adopted in all constituencies and not when an election is around the corner. Lovely initiative.

  2. Election gimmicky.
    She did nothing growing up in said community. Lived in the US and did nothing for the community.

    Now she want to get on the get rich gravy train she is bribing the community just like all the others.

    Enough of this type of BULL crap politics.

    The standards set by ALP for people to run for political office is the problem.

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