Thursday, July 23, 2009

The DeKalb Branch NAACP & Commissioner Larry Johnson

The DeKalb Branch NAACP & Commissioner Larry Johnson
Presents Health Fair 2009

DECATUR – The DeKalb Branch of the NAACP Healthcare Committee in partnership with Commissioner Larry Johnson (DeKalb District 3 Commissioner) are hosting Health Fair 2009, Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur, Georgia, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The DeKalb Branch NAACP long noted as the premier organization for civil rights advocacy has come to recognize that healthcare, access to healthcare and healthcare education are basic civil rights tenets.

Commissioner Larry Johnson, whose background is public health administration has recognized that in DeKalb there exists a disparity in access to healthcare information and services. Known as the ‘health commissioner’ on the Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Johnson is focused upon developing polices that positively impact health and the delivery of healthcare services. “As a county commissioner, every decision that I make I must take into consideration what impact it will have on health and healthcare services; will it make it easier to access [services] or make it harder for citizens to get the services they need. I think it is important to provide every opportunity to bring the services to the people and I am pleased to be a part of this Health Fair at the Gallery at South DeKalb in partnership with the DeKalb NAACP,” said Johnson.

Health Fair 2009 will feature blood pressure, diabetes, vision, sickle cell and cholesterol screenings; information on heart attack stroke, breast cancer and male prostate cancer prevention, just to name a few of the services to be provided. Shoppers are encouraged to take advantage of the massage therapist and children can come out and meet Doc Broc from Kasier and see the Bubble Bus, an exercise experience for tots and small children. Live Entertainment is also on tap for the event.

The public is encouraged to come out and participate in Health Fair 2009; this event is Free and open to all.