Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Shades of red littered the lobby of Northwest Mississippi Medical Center Friday morning as community members came out to support the “Go Red Heart Health Fair”.
Sponsored by the Northwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (NWMRMC) in partnership with CCC’s Division of Health Sciences; Weiner Heart and Cardiovascular Institute; Iota Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and Morrison’s Healthcare, the health fair was held in honor of “National Wear Red Day”.
Slated for the first Friday in February, “National Wear Red Day” was designed to raise awareness for women’s health. According to the American Heart Association website, the organization launched the campaign to bring light to the fact that 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke every year despite the fact that heart disease is 80 percent preventable.
Although the day was set aside for women, everyone was welcomed to the health fair, hosted in the lobby of the NWMRMC from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. During the fair, CCC Practical Nursing (PN) students were on hand providing free blood pressure checks, cholesterol screenings and glucose screenings to the public.
“We’re so thankful for all of our sponsors, especially CCC for allowing their students to volunteer and provide screenings to the public,” said NWMRMC Director of Community/ Public Relation and Marketing Dianne Mitchell.
CCC PN Lead Instructor Chequita Dixon said the fair was a great opportunity for students to gain some hands-on experience.
“This health fair is a great opportunity for our students to interact with the public and apply the skills they’ve learned in the clinical setting,” Dixon said.
Following the screening, participants were referred to a specialist or healthcare provider who could give additional information and resources if needed. A certified application specialist was also on hand to assist community members with enrolling in the health insurance marketplace.
“Many individuals in the community still don’t have insurance, so by offering these free screenings they can better safeguard their health, learn about preventative measures and be aware of any possible health issues they may face at no cost to them,” Mitchell said.
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