Hagerstown, Md. (June 22, 2022) – Everything from WIC information to diabetes prevention resources, COVID-19 testing to blood pressure screenings, will be made available this summer through a series of mini health fairs organized by the Washington County Health Department. The first fair takes place this Friday, June 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Fort Ritchie Community Center, 14421 Lake Royer Drive, in Cascade, Md.
“With all of the work we’ve accomplished to bring COVID-19 vaccinations and testing out to our Washington County communities these past few years, it made sense for us to expand and create health fairs at these already established locations,” says Danielle Stahl, program manager for health planning and strategic initiatives of the health department. “In public health, it’s so important to meet the needs of the people we hope to serve right in their neighborhoods whenever we have the chance and our community partners have helped make that happen.”
The mini health fairs take place on Fridays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., with the schedule for the next month continuing as follows:
- Friday, July 1, Hagerstown Housing Authority – Frederick Manor at 600 Frederick St., in Hagerstown
- Friday, July 8, Taylor Park at 22 Taylor Drive, in Keedysville
- Friday, July 15, Veterans Park at 68 West Water St., in Smithsburg.
Health fairs are free and open to the community. Additional dates will be added to the health department’s website throughout the summer months at https://washcohealth.org/events/.
A report just out this week of The Commonwealth Fund Commission on meeting America’s public health challenges notes that taking the close collaboration developed over the course of the pandemic among communities and public health agencies should be extended to address everyday health threats, like maternal mortality and chronic diseases.