For the past five years, the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church has sponsored a citywide health Fair. This year the church jointed with other organizations to host the first Richmond Faith Initiative Collaborative Community Health Fair.
Over 225 people registered for the health fair, and many more attended to take advantage of the resources and activities, held Saturday, Aug. 3 at Bethlehem Missionary, 684 Juliga Woods St. in Richmond.
Lunch was served free, compliments of the church, Marin Sun Farms and Grace Bakery. The event included activities for the children: Hernandez Jumper House, Solar ChuChu Train rides, giveaways, and a multi-prize drawing.
The fair was supported by over 30 health service providers, specialty products, insurance agents, and other creative vendors, including Kaiser Permanente, Doctors Medical Center, Lifelong Medical Group, Bay Area Black Nurses Association, Be the Match Foundation and the Ronald McDonald Dental Van and Dr. Michael Stokes.
CCISCO and the Richmond Ceasefire Initiative represented and provided bi-lingual support. The California Highway Patrol and the Richmond Fire Department and the Richmond Police Department were present. The fire department joined in with Wanda Brown’s Zumba Fitness program.
Hosting organizations included of a multi-denominational group of Richmond churches. The collaborative consisted of the Tabernacle of Praise Apostolic Church, Easter Hill United Methodist Church, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church, All Nations Church of God in Christ, City of Richmond Office of Health and Wellness, the Network for a Healthy California-Champions for Change and the Bay Area Region-African American Campaign. Saint Luke Missionary Baptist Church and Parchester First Baptist supported the initiative.
Highlighting the day of health were a variety of entertainers: Drs. Donnell Thomas, Clarence Eggleton and the Youth of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, which began the day with praise songs. Janice Maxie-Reid and the Working On It Band provided music and song.
The Band featured Michael Cheadle on vocals, Tim Landry on guitar, Larry Vann on drums, and Ken Pruitt, bass and sound engineer. The Richmond Class Act Line Dancers and the Berkeley Black Repertory Group Summer Youth Program performed.