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Meriwether County Health Fair – April 13

Community health fair to feature free health screenings, food and fun

Everyone is invited to celebrate the Meriwether County community at a Health Fair on Saturday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Manchester-Meriwether County Recreation Department at 121 Perry Street in Manchester.

The Meriwether County Health Department, District 4 Public Health and Meriwether County Family Connection are hosting the community health fair to provide access to health screenings, information and resources that aim to improve the health and well-being of the community.

The event will feature free health screenings, including for blood pressure and vision. The first 100 individuals to get their blood pressure checked by the Health Department will receive a free blood pressure monitor. The health fair also will have free COVID-19 and flu vaccines, HIV rapid testing, fresh produce, diapers, tote bags, books, printed health resources and other giveaways—all provided by over 30 area agencies and community partners.

Warm Springs Medical Center will offer low-cost lab services, including CBC/blood count ($5), urine ($3), prostate/PSA ($8), thyroid/TSH ($10), and lipid ($15). Anyone wanting the lipid panel should not eat anything after midnight the night before the test.

Free popcorn, snow cones, healthy snacks, games and a bouncy house will be available. Community Action for Improvement (CAFI) will provide free food (as supplies last) for people who register at the event.

The Meriwether County Health Department will be giving away a limited number of free car seats to families who qualify. Those interested must call the health department well before the event at (706) 672-4974, option 6, to see if they qualify.

Other community agencies at the event include Amerigroup, Brightmoor Hospice, Department of Early Care & Learning/CAPS Program, Harmony House Domestic Violence Shelter, Health Equity Navigators Program at Mercer University School of Medicine, Heritage Women’s Resource Center, Humana, Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, Meriwether County Department of Family & Children Services, Pathways, Peach State Health Plan, Three Rivers Regional Commission, Twin Cedars Youth and Family Services, West Georgia Domestic Violence Shelter and more.

ABOUT THE HOSTS
Meriwether County Family Connection is part of Georgia Family Connection, which brings together partners from all 159 counties in Georgia to help ensure all children are healthy, primed for school, and succeed when they get there; families are stable, self-sufficient, and productive; and communities are vibrant, robust, and thriving.

Meriwether County Family Connection primarily focuses on work in early literacy, low birth-weight prevention, Parents As Teachers’ parent education and family stability. It offers a wide variety of programs and services, including Reading Cubs, which provides early literacy tools for children ages 0 to 4 to prepare them for pre-kindergarten, and Reading Rangers, which offers early literacy enrichment activities for children in pre-K.

Meriwether County Family Connection also provides pop-up libraries across the county, summer programs, and summer camps. In addition, Family Connection holds parent engagement events throughout the year, including literacy and cooking classes as well as maternal health information and resources.

Meriwether Family Connection works with local partners and has a collaborative meeting on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m.  For more information on its programs, services, or monthly meeting, email meriwetherfamilyconnection@gmail.com or visit meriwether.gafcp.org.

District 4 Public Health protects and improves the health and safety of communities in Meriwether and 11 surrounding counties. Meriwether County residents are served by District 4 Public Health through the Meriwether County Health Department, 51 Gay Connector Road, Greenville (706-672-4974) and the Manchester Health Center, 300 West Perry St., Manchester (706-672-4267).

For health department appointments, call 800-847-4262. Each health department offers a wide range of quality, affordable health care, including immunizations, well-child check-ups (including school screenings), breast and cervical cancer prevention, family planning, pregnancy testing, HIV/STD/STI prevention and testing, and more. One also can request Georgia birth or death certificates at either location. Both health departments also are the home of Meriwether County’s Environmental Health offices and the county’s WIC and Nutrition Centers.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Natalie Shelton, natalie.shelton@dph.ga.gov or (706) 302-6707