Neighbors help neighbors at Wilmington health fair

Neighbors help neighbors at Wilmington health fair

Bernadette Baker, RN
Bernadette Baker, RN, discusses cardiovascular health risks with a visitor to the health fair at Hanover Presbyterian Church in Wilmington.

Located a few blocks from the Wilmington Hospital campus of Christiana Care Health System, Hanover Presbyterian Church and Christiana Care have long been good neighbors.

Hanover and Christiana Care recently joined forces to advance their common, goal—caring for our neighbors in the city through a health fair held at the church.

More than 50 people attended the event, which was staffed by health care professionals from Christiana Care, including social workers, Community Outreach and Education workers and staff from the Emergency Department and Center for Heart & Vascular Health.

“We feel as though the right group was targeted, and the people we screened really needed and appreciated our services,” said Rhonda Coleman, chronic disease screening coordinator, Community Health Outreach and Education department.

In all, 34 people had their blood pressure checked, and 19 took advantage of the cholesterol screening—testing that is designed to catch problems sooner, when they are easier to treat. Ten participants took an online heart risk assessment and were referred to the hospital for a free in-person screening for heart disease.

“I could feel the warmth of all the people who worked or volunteered at Hanover,” said Diane Kiernan, Emergency Department representative. “Who knows if and when these people would have had an opportunity to have this medical testing?”

In addition, Christiana Care provided helpful information on depression, alcohol and drug addiction, and cancer screening to people in the community.

At the Clothing Closet, clothes, shoes and accessories were displayed on tables. It looked like a store—except the merchandise was free. Of the people who attended the health fair, 46 signed up to shop in the Clothes Closet.

Hanover’s pastor, Rev. Andy Jacob, said the church looks forward to continuing its partnership with Christiana Care to reach out to people in need in the city.

“Thanks to you all for working together to provide not only a meaningful service, but to do so with grace and compassion,” he said. “Amen from here!”

Photo gallery: Hanover Presbyterian Church health fair

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