The Indiana Black Health Fair will offer thousands of dollars in free health services

The 2022 Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair will take place Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.

The 36th annual fair will offer up to $2,500 in free health screenings and educational sessions, said Antoinette Holt, director for the Indiana Department of Health’s office of minority health.

The health fair takes place at the same time as the Indiana Black Expo summer festivities. Holt said she hopes families attending the festivities will come to the fair to take advantage of the abundance of health services.

“I’m excited that we’re going to have, hopefully, more people than last time,” Holt said.

Last year, the health fair had lower-than-usual attendance due to pandemic precautions, with about 5,000 visitors compared to more than 14,000 visitors before the pandemic. Holt said organizers expect attendance to be higher this year. The fair is expected to attract visitors from abroad, as in previous years.

The health fair will offer services such as COVID-19 vaccination, HIV and hepatitis C testing, dental screening, breast exams, mental health education, foot and ankle health services and blood donation, as well as educational panels. and live entertainment.

The slogan of this year’s fair is “Commit yourself to being in shape!” Indiana Health Commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box said people may have missed routine checkups and other preventative measures like childhood immunizations during the pandemic.

“I think people have a renewed perspective on the importance of their health,” Box said. “And so what we want to do is take advantage of that and show them, educate them on how they can prioritize their health by doing some simple things like getting a checkup at annual basis, as knowing their number.”

Visitors can also measure their blood sugar, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and BMI at the health fair.

Families with children will be able to receive free school sports physicals and required back-to-school immunizations. Indiana residents can also obtain a birth certificate for $10.

In addition to health services, the fair will also offer a variety of educational panels, Box said.

“Throughout COVID, many people became caregivers for family members and other people. And we’re planning a lot of different panels about caregiving and Alzheimer’s for our senior population,” Box said. “Mental health has become a huge problem and it’s really been made worse by the pandemic. So lots of great informative panels for people to attend.”

The health fair will take place from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Thursday, July 14; 1pm to 7pm Friday, July 15; 10am-7pm Saturday, July 16; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

No pre-registration is required to participate in the fair or to receive free health services. A valid ID is required for families needing childhood immunizations and to obtain a birth certificate.

More information about the fair is available on the Indiana State Department of Health website.

For people considering donating blood at this event, the links below can be used to make an appointment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This story comes from a reporting collaboration involving the Indianapolis Recorder and Side Effects Media Public — a public health news initiative based at WFYI. Contact Farah at [email protected] Follow on Twitter: @Farah_Yousrym.

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