Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 22, 2014

Health, career fair set

Staff Report
The Register-News

---- — MT. VERNON — The Jefferson County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center are partnering to provide a health and career fair.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 8 at the Rolland W. Lewis Community Building at Veterans Park.

“Health care is changing daily, and we feel a sense of accountability to help spread the word and teach others how to better care for themselves and their families,” stated the Rev. Ron Lash, NAACP president. “Good health is a life-long commitment to physical, mental and spiritual training and education. The future of health care is everyone’s responsibility.”

The NAACP and Good Samaritan Regional Health Center have partnered for nearly 75 years, according to information from the hospital.

“The organizations’ lengthy relationship, coupled with the continuous changes in health care has prompted this event,” information from the hospital states. “One of their goals is to promote preventative medicine in order to help improve the overall health of the community. They are supporting this goal by offering discounted blood work vouchers for $30 without the HA1C diabetes test or $39 with the HA1C diabetes test, which can be redeemed at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center. Free screenings to check blood pressure, diabetes, etc., will also be conducted. Attendees will receive educational materials on heart health, COPD, pneumonia, depression and other chronic diseases. Plus, information on the health care exchanges, local physicians, proper nutrition, exercise, volunteerism and so much more will be available.”

In addition, a secondary goal of the event is to promote opportunities for careers and education in health care within the community. Representatives from many hospital departments will be on hand to talk about health care career opportunities and fields of study, and Rend Lake College will be on site to discuss career opportunities and fields of study.

“Both Good Samaritan Regional Health Center and the NAACP believe that diversity creates stronger communities and organizations,” said Cleo Holt, NAACP Education chairperson. “Together we are furthering this relationship and building a partnership to increase community awareness regarding careers in the health care field.”

Additional information about the event is available by contacting Lash at 242-9004 or Sandi Williams at 204-2704.