Community health fair held at Selma Mall

Published 3:44 pm Friday, June 23, 2023

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A Community Health Fair was held Friday at Selma Mall.

The Health Fair, sponsored by Water Avenue Baptist Church and American Legion Post 324,  had local health specialists giving head  vision,  hearing screenings, blood pressure and diabetes blood checks, HIV testing and mental wellness.

Family Footcare, Vaughan Regional Medical Center, LifeSouth,  Alabama Department of Public Health, Rural Health Medical Center, American Legion , Cahaba Mental Health and U.S. Department  of Veteran Affairs were among the health organizations at the fair that lasted from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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“It’s important to inform the public and help them with health issues they may have,” American Legion Post 324 Commander Benson Webb said.

Other heath organization echoed what Webb said.

“It’s an opportunity to help people with any fears they may have going to the doctor, especially in rural areas,” Rural Health Community Health Worker Pamela Graham said.

Brenda McCary, who works in the Selma Community-based Outpatient Clinic at the Tuscaloosa VA, said it’s critical that disabled veterans know they are available.

“The importance is to let the public know we have resources for the disabled veterans,” McCary said.

Baptist Pastor John Goings, a Legionaire, said the Legion Post 342’s mission statement hasn’t changed.

“We want to serve the community, provide opportunities for Selma residents to check up on their health, and bring service providers together to reach the community,” Goings said. “We hope lots of people will come out let us serve them.”