Lansing Community College hosted its 13th annual Community Health Fair on the morning of Feb. 7 as part of its celebration of Black History Month. The event, which lasted from 10 a.m to 3 p.m., was located in the second floor of the Gannon building in the school’s downtown Lansing campus.
Organizations were stationed at tables all down the Gannon building, talking to students and giving away informative pamphlets regarding a number of different topics including heart health, HIV/AIDS, vision screening, hearing screening and more.
The fair hosted 19 different organizations, all there to spread information regarding their own cause.
One of the more popular booths belonged to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, or Women Heart, which was founded in 1999 by three women who had heart attacks: Nancy Loving, Jackie Markham and Judy Mingram. Since being founded, Women Heart has grown to over 20,000 members nationwide.
Women Heart’s goal is to raise awareness for women’s heart disease and to help trained professionals better diagnose it.
“We’re here in regards to women and heart disease,” said Gale Cain, who was representing Women Heart at the health fair. “You can go to the hospital, get checked over by the doctors and they’ll just say ‘oh, you just have a stomach ache, go home’ and you could be having a heart attack and it’s just not recognized.”
The Ingham County Health Center was participating in the fair for the first time.
“We see patients five to twenty-five, and we do five key things, primary health care, behavioral health care, confidential services, family planning and medicaid outreach,” said Jeff Davis of the Ingham County Health Center. “And we’re just here to let students know about our services at Eastern, Sexton and Willow.”
Eastern and Sexton are in reference to Eastern High School and J.W. Sexton High Schools, two of the four high schools within Lansing School Districts. Willow is in reference to Willow Elementary School, also within the Lansing School District.
The Ingham County Health Center has clinics located at each of these schools offering a number of different services to the Lansing area community, including physicals, Well Child exams, treatment for minor illnesses and injuries, counseling, referrals to specialists and many other services.
Representatives of the Walmart Vision Center were also at the fair giving free vision screenings to students at the fair.
“We are here to educate on the importance of healthy vision and give tips for good eye care,” Marne Darby, the Vision Center Manager, said. The event was free, open to the public and occurs each year. See more information at LCC’s website.