On Wednesday, June 21, The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Medicine’s Civic Engagement Committee volunteered in the Douglas Homes Community Health Fair. The purpose of the fair was to educate and empower families to take actions and make good choices to be more self-sufficient. The fair connected families with community resources with health screenings for all ages, healthy food demonstrations, events for children and seniors, financial fitness resources, health and wellness advice, sports, local vendors, employment help, education/training opportunities and a variety of other activities. In partnership with the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the Brancati Center for the Advancement of Community Care and the United Way of Central Maryland’s Emerging Leaders United (ELU) the Department of Medicine was able to coordinate:

  • A 2-1-1 booth that provided information on how to easily access community resources
  • A band of youth titled the Christian Warriors who provided entertainment, routines and incredible music
  • Free face-paintings to 100 kids
  • Medical services that included but were not limited to:
    • Chronic Disease Prevention
    • ADA Diabetes Risk Tests
    • Blood pressure screenings
    • Weight/BMI measurements
    • Other Health Screenings
    • General health Information
  • And registration to 400+ participants

We thank the many volunteers who participated in this event to make it a success and help link community resources and partners in an effort to improve health, education, training and employment opportunities within the community.

-Darren Brownlee, Sherita Golden and Eleni Flanagan

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