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July 25, 2014, 7:46 am

Mercy, Black Clergy sponsor health fairs

Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE have partnered with the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Gateway Health Plan to host a series of free health fairs throughout the city.

The health fairs will include educational workshops and panel discussions on topics including HIV/AIDS, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

“This is about empowerment,” said Rev. Terrence D. Griffith, president of the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and Vicinity.

“The more healthcare education we make available to the members of our community, the better chances we have at a higher quality of life.”

The event also features health screenings, which may include blood pressure tests, body mass index screenings, hearing tests, cardiac risk assessment and nutrition screening.

“This series of health fairs and workshops is a great way for members of the community to receive care to which they may not otherwise have access,” said Carol Quinn, president and CEO of Mercy Home Health and Mercy LIFE.

“Education about healthcare is important as well, especially if you’re managing your own health or the care of a loved one.”

“At Mercy, we are with our patients every step of the way. Home health allows us to heal our patients in the comfort of their own homes and, through LIFE, we are able provide care for seniors in our community who need us the most. This health fair series takes the continuum of care concept one step further. It puts vital, empowering healthcare information in the hands of our community members.”

“It’s our job to continue to improve on the accessibility of quality healthcare for our most vulnerable citizens,” said Carol Allen, Gateway’s director of public affairs and program development.

“We will continue to proactively address the challenges faced by our members who are in need of proper healthcare services and we are proud to be a part of an event series like this that advocates for and promotes healthy living.”

The health fair series kicks off on June 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at First African Baptist Church, 1608 Christian Street.

The health fairs will be held as follows: June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at Resurrection Baptist Church, 5401 Lansdowne Avenue; June 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Greater Faith Baptist Church, 4031 Baring Street; June 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Holmesburg, 8101 Erdick Street; and June 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Mt. Airy Church of God in Christ, 6401 Ogontz Avenue.