Affirmations health fair to offer health services, screenings

By |2009-05-07T09:00:00-04:00May 7th, 2009|News|

On Saturday, May 9, Affirmations, the LGBT community center in Ferndale, will host its seventh annual health fair as a Project Healthy Living site. The free event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open to the public. Participants will be able to receive an array of free or very low-cost health services and screenings.
Project Healthy Living, an effort of the United Health Organization, has been hosting health fairs in Michigan for over 40 years as part of their effort to provide health services and tests to those without access to health care. This year, they will host sites in six counties over the dates of May 15 through 30, plus several bonus sites, including the one at Affirmations.
“The community’s demand for health screening services is overwhelming,” said Ifetayo B. Johnson, executive director of UHO and Project Healthy Living. She added that the organization’s hotline has been flooded with calls from persons seeking help finding health care and screening services in Wayne County. “We want to make sure that people don’t neglect their health during this time of economic stress.”
With just over one million Michigan residents uninsured, the fairs offer a way for them to seek free preventative health services.
The Affirmations health fair will also have information tailored to the specific needs of the LGBT community. Community volunteers and medical providers that are LGBT-identified or LGBT knowledgeable will be on site for questions and answers.
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people often face additional barriers when accessing health services. The health fair will help local residents connect with free and low cost health and wellness resources that are safe and friendly for the entire community,” said Affirmations Health and Human Services Coordinator London Bell. “As we struggle to rebuild the economy locally and nationally, it is essential to make one’s health a priority.”
A number of community agencies will be represented at the Health Fair, including The American Diabetes Association, The American Cancer Society, Higher Ground, Transgender Michigan and the Michigan AIDS Coalition, as well as many others.
For more information about Affirmations’ Community Health Fair, or other health programs offered at Affirmations, call 248-398-7105 or visit http://www.goaffirmations.org.
For more information about Project Healthy Living, visit http://www.projecthealthyliving.net.

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