The Health Initiative, Georgia’s voice for LGBT health, will host a Spring Health Fair on April 28 at The Rush Center. The event is being held in partnership with Grady Medical.
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will be on-hand to offer a variety of free health screenings and consultations ranging from blood pressure to cholesterol and glucose checks.
Also included in the health fair are short (30-45 minute) health and wellness information sessions that will focus on a variety of topics specific to LGBT participants. These sessions will occur throughout the day, according to the Health Initiative’s James Parker Sheffield.
“There will be a session about medical directives, making sure you’ve filled out the appropriate paperwork,” said Sheffield, director of organizational development for the Health Initiative. “So, if you’re hospitalized, people making decisions on your behalf will be who you want them to be.”
Other topics to be discussed include exercise, healthy eating, and preventing and managing diabetes, he said.
Uninsured and under-insured LGBTQ participants will also be given information on accessing the Health Initiative’s Health Fund, which provides members of the LGBT community access to health screenings, physicals, dental treatments, prescription medication and more. The fund utilizes health providers who offer free or discounted services to qualified applicants.
The health fair is free with no appointment necessary.