Chicago Health Fair Focuses On African-American Needs

Craig Dellimore
September 11, 2018 - 6:00 am

WBBM Newsradio/Craig Dellimore


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Leading women at dozens of Chicago’s predominately African-American churches this weekend are putting on their 10th annual health fair.

The First Ladies Health Initiative is a partnership among the spouses of senior pastors at local churches.

Tracey Alstin, who heads the effort, said organizers are planning a Walk and Run Health Fair at 39th and Lake Shore Drive on Saturday.

"We also will have free health screenings. We will also have a children's pavilion. And we will also have lots of entertainment," she said.

She hopes people will take advantage of free screenings for things like diabetes, high blood pressure and breast cancer.

"In addition to HIV, we also screen for preventable diseases and those diseases are the ones that are impacting communities of color the most," Alstin said.

Shauntai Stowers, First Lady of Mars Hill Baptist Church, notes there will be activities for kids provided by the Chicago Park District. Music will include a free concert by singer Johnny Gill.

Walgreens is the lead sponsor of the event.

"We are very happy the program has grown from being very small to very large, over 50 different churches," said John Gremer, Director of Community Affairs, Walgreens.

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