Thursday, March 23, 2023

Group hosts community health fair

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – A community health fair was held in Jonesboro on Saturday.

The group AKM Progress brought a health fair to a community they said was underrepresented.

NEA Progress board member Chloe Rush said it was important for the health fair to offer a variety of health and mental health screenings.

“NEA Progress wants to show the community that underserved and minority groups have a place to turn when needed,” she said.

The one-day event also provided resources to further care for those who needed them.

Rush also said they wanted to offer the services at the health fair for free.

Oluwatomywa Awobayiku, a medical student with NYIT, said it was something that allowed her to grow as a medical student.

“It’s something that’s ingrained in the work we’re going to do as future doctors, and to have that exposure to working with potential patients, working in the community is always something we look forward to,” said she.

She also noted how little some of the attendees can see a doctor, so their presence there was important.

“We’re probably the first individual they’ve seen to have some kind of control, to learn more about their health,” she said.

KMA Progress members said they hope to continue offering more health fairs in the future.

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