Community Health Fair
In 2016, the Sister2Sister Mentoring Program® recognized there was a need for better access to medical services and health education for the program’s participants and Mechanicsville, the community in which Sister2Sister began. Since one of the tenants that Sister2Sister teaches its mentees is the importance of community service, Sister2Sister decided that hosting its own Free Community Health Fair would be a great way to serve its participants and the community at-large while simultaneously teachingits students the value of making investments into their community. In partnership with the Fulton County Juvenile Court, Sister2Sister hostedits first Free Community Health Fair on July 9, 2016.
In 2017, Sister2Sister began a partnership with the Center for Black Women’s Wellness, in order to bring an even wider array of free health services, screenings, and education to its annual Free Community Health Fair. Since 2017, the Sister2Sister and Center for Black Women’s Wellness Free Community Health Fair has served approximately 1,000 individuals. The Fairs have provided clinical breast examinations and mammograms that led to the discovery of the need for critical medical care, STD/STI screenings and education that have given participants the information that they need to make better informed decisions, resources to help participants prioritize their mental health during challenging times, and many other invaluable contributions.
In 2019, the GABWA Foundation Board of Directors, Inc. voted to make the Community Health Fair a free standing, signature program of the Foundation. The program will continue to provide critical medical services, education, and resources free of charge to those in need.
For more information about the Community Health Fair, contact Mercedes Ball.