8th Public Health Awareness Day

The purpose of Public Health Awareness Day is to inform the public of all the services provided by Public health, local health departments as well as local agencies public health collaborates with to meet the needs of the community. None of the agencies use this event to sell products or services – only to share information. The day itself is designed to demonstrate that public health and collaborating agencies are “user friendly” and easily accessible. It is a day filled with health screenings, food, fun, but most importantly information for residents of all ages and ethnic groups.

In 2002, Brenda Mims had an idea to provide a health fair to the community in the southern area of Valdosta/Lowndes County and enlisted assistance from various public health agencies in the area and some community partners. This health fair would provide resources to the community by way of free health screenings, a sundry of health and wellness information and lunch at no cost. This activity was initially designed to be a one-time event with a focus on reaching as many in the community as possible. At the end of the day, an elderly participant asked, “When are y’all coming next year?” As a result, this event went from a little over 75 participants (including vendors) in 2002 to more than 477 participants in 2008.

Blood Pressure Monitoring Cholesterol Screening

Bone Density Screening Body Mass Measurement

Nutritional Assessment Hearing Screening

Vision Screening Finger Printing

Fire Safety Dental Screenings

Counties Served: Ben Hill*Berrien*Brooks*Cook*Echols*Irwin*Lanier*Lowndes*Tift*Turner