The Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital, the West Virginia Health Network, Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority, Kanawha County Commission, and the City of Charleston recently announced a drive-through hero and health fair to be held at Bible Center Church on Thursday, Nov. 18 from 2 to 6:30 p.m.

This is the second drive-through event of its kind this month in Kanawha County. The event will consist of free seasonal flu and Covid-19 vaccines, free blood pressure and blood glucose checks, free at-home colon cancer screening tests, free car seat checks, free smoke alarms, free health education handouts and free or discounted routine bloodwork. Additionally, health fair attendees will be entered into a door prize drawing and first responder heroes will be available for children to interact with.

"Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, data has shown us that folks aren't seeking their annual checkups that may prevent a medical condition or diagnose an early medical condition," said Dr. Sherri Young, health officer and executive director of the Kanawha Charleston Health Department. "After an overwhelmingly successful event earlier this month, we are very excited to partner once again with so many local agencies to deliver a one-stop-shop of health care tools

"We are especially excited to offer a hero-themed event that is welcoming to our youngest residents."

Michelle Coon, West Virginia Health Network president, said, "The West Virginia Health Network is pleased to collaborate once again with the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital, the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority and all of our community health partners to present the drive-through health fair. We recognize that preventative care is something that has fallen behind during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we hope that residents will take advantage of this opportunity to address critical healthcare needs."

"After our first health fair was such a success, we were happy to join together once again to present a health fair focused on children," Coon added.

"The hero and health fair is a great opportunity for children, 5-11 years old, to come out and get their Covid-19 vaccine. Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority will be on site with several EMS vehicles that the children can stop by and visit. They can also meet some of the fantastic heroes that provide emergency services to the citizens of Kanawha County," said Monica Mason, executive director of the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

Participants in the hero and health fair include Charleston Fire Department, Kanawha County Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Kanawha County Commission, CAMC Women's and Children's Hospital, Cabin Creek Health System, Partners in Health Network, FamilyCare Health Centers, West Virginia Health Right, Kanawha County Sheriff's Office, Prestera Center, The Health Plan, Aetna Better Health, UniCare, Kanawha County Dental Health Council and WVU Extension Service.

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