Joint Health Fair Pulls Big Crowd

By Elise Roberts - bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A nationally known university teamed up with a local church to provide health screenings for South Mississippians.

Saturday, the Morehouse School of Medicine and Greater St. John AME held a health fair at Edgewater Mall.

That's where people walked away with more than just a free screening.

Len Giacone said it was just another day of shopping for him and his wife. But a stop at the health fair gave him some news he wasn't expecting.

"My blood pressure isn't low. It's a little high here today, but usually after about 30 minutes, it will come back down. That's usually what will happen," said Gicone.

While Len Giacone knows he's in good health, there are many South Mississippians who are not, and those are the people organizers of this health fair are looking for.

"If we can capture that group not taking care of themselves and entice them into screenings and seeing what their ratings are," said Cathy Dumal with Coastal Family Health.

It was just one of the organizations teaming up with Morehouse School of Medicine and Greater St. John AME.

"After Katrina, Morehouse has been involved in several different areas I'm aware of," Dumal said.

It's the school's faith based initiative to help communities around the South. The health fair offered everything from cholesterol to depression screenings and everything in between.

Proving that another day at the mall can end up being more than just a shopping trip. At least 100 people were screened at today's health fair.