by Cesca Janece Waterfield
The 4th Annual VCU/MCV Campus Community Health Fair will be held from 9 am to 2 pm, March 5 at Armstrong High School, 2300 Cool Lane in Church Hill. Dieticians, physicians and nurses will be on hand to provide free, basic care and health information to the Richmond community. The Richmond Fire Department will be there to talk about fire safety.
And get ready to smile about the newest provider joining the Fair. “This is the first year that Richmond Smiles Dental program will participate,” says Event Director Sarah Riggs, a second year student in the Health Administration Master’s program at MCV. “I’m really excited about that. They do everything from teeth cleaning to some extractions. They were telling me that usually they have a long line. It’s something you want to come early for.”
During the Fair, the organization will work with MCV School of Dentistry students. The Fair is a collaborative effort among several organizations and businesses in the community including CVS and Walgreens, VCU Health System, VCU Health Sciences, VCU Alumni Association, MCV Alumni Association and the Virginia Department of Health.
Martin’s Food Markets are donating box lunches to the first 400 visitors. “How it works is you have to visit ten tables,” Sarah says. “You have to get your stamps on what we call your passport to good health. After you’ve gotten ten stamps you can go and get your lunch.”
In its third year being held at Armstrong High School, the Fair helps connect MCV with the community. “We have 70 organizations signed up to have educational booths and a lot of them have ties directly to Church Hill,” Sarah says. “It works really well for us to run it because much of what we’re going to do with our career is working with people from multiple disciplines so it’s really good practice for us to run an event like this.”
Residents of Church Hill housing communities may see some familiar faces while at the Fair. “We have the resource centers which the Virginia Dept. of Health holds in the different Courts in Church Hill,” Sarah says. “The nurses who work those will also be at the Health Fair. That’s really neat.”
But you don’t have to live in Church Hill to come. Everyone is welcome. For those visitors who require further treatment, Fan Free Clinic and Capital Area Health Network will make follow-up appointments.
“All the educational tables are there to provide the community with tools to enhance their own health,” Sarah says. “We have a little something for everyone.”