“The Essex NAACP [National Association for the Advancement of Colored People] and the Tappahannock Essex Volunteer Fire Department came together about five years ago to discuss and establish a community health fair,” said Anita Latane, president of the Essex NAACP Branch.
This year, the Essex NAACP held their Health Fair, free of charge, inside the Tappahannock Essex Volunteer Fire Department station on Airport Road. “The goal of the health fair is to bring awareness to our community about health issues,” Latane said. “Some people don’t like going to the doctor or to the hospital for any reason. We give them an opportunity to have their blood pressure checked and to gather information on other health issues as well.”
According to Latane, the fair usually sees 150 people attend, though they would always love to see more. At the fair, vendors were on hand offering blood pressure checks, HIV testing, and a bloodmobile was on hand to take blood donations.
In addition to the vendors and booths, the fair also had two guests: Holly Byrd Miller and Miss Essex NAACP Alexandra Hunt-Quarles. A native to Essex County, Holly Byrd Miller graduated from Essex High School and currently lives as a make-up artist in the city of Richmond. She gave demonstrations on applying makeup. “We are so excited to have her to participate this year,” Latane said. Alexandra Hunt-Quarles performed songs for the entertainment of the attendees.
The fair had demonstrations and presentations as well as the booths. There were food and cooking demonstrations. It Works, a company that offers body and skincare products, offered a demonstration of their products, and another group was on hand for a presentation on Mental Health. Local law enforcement was also available to speak to kids and adults. The animal shelter was also in attendance with a few animals.
“From previous years, the health fair has been very informative to those that attended,” Latane said. “Everyone that attends will leave with information and will be able to purchase goodies.
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