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A Cleveland VAMC employee helps out at the First Annual Minority Health Fair.

By Marvelyn L. McKee, RN, BSN
Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On June 25, 2011, VA employees participated in the First Annual Minority Health Fair that was held at Greater Strong Tower Apostolic Church in the Fairfax Community. The event was coordinated by General Medicine Discharge Planner, Marvelyn L. McKee, RN, BSN, minister on staff at the Greater Strong Tower Apostolic Church (GST).

The event was a great success with over 100 people attending! Several VA nurses assisted with blood pressure and glucose monitoring. A representative of the Cleveland VAMC Physical Therapy Department was on hand to speak with the elderly participants who had questions about exercising safely with ailments; he educated stroke victims and persons who suffer with arthritic ailments showing them how to improve their functional ability. Nursing Education performed diabetic education with many of the participants, instructing them on how to improve their health while living with this chronic disease. Several of the VA Employees served as lecturers during this event as well.

The keynote speaker was Johanna Orozko (Domestic Violence survivor) who told how she survived a gunshot wound to the face and multiple surgeries as a young victim of domestic violence. There was a local chef (Chef James) who prepared a very healthy meal and was available to educate the participants on how to prepare their meals without sodium, making better use of natural spices for seasoning our foods.

The health fair was a great success and it was only because of the assistance that was provided by the many Cleveland VAMC staff members that attended. The Pastor of GST, Bishop Albert Robinson was ecstatic about the turnout and all the information that was gleaned from this event. The only complaint was that the sessions were not long enough. The GST church members were very proud and look forward to participating in this event again in the future.

Thank you to all of the employees who participated in this event.

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