From left are Billie Green, Glen Curado, and Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker (Courtesy photo)

Ward AME Church, in partnership with the South Central Prevention Coalition, sponsored a Community Wellness Fair on Jan. 6. According to Pastor Barry Settle, the event was spearheaded by the church’s Social Action Commission, Band of Men, Lay Organization and Women’s Missionary Society.

Free resources included health screenings for blood pressure, vaccinations for the flu and COVID-19, and fresh produce and dairy products from Glen Curado of World Harvest Food Bank and Farm.  Information was also available on childcare options, preventive healthcare, healthy eating, small business survival, financial services and more.

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“The theme focused on getting facts about one’s condition and then relief in the form of medical treatments or holistic medicine.  Also, each participant could enjoy smash burgers by DD J Barbecue and music by RogCher Oki,” said Billie Green, Ward member.

“Each participant could get questions answered that related to their basic needs from trusted voices, not scammers,” explained Jacquelyn Dupont-Walker, another Ward member.

Many resources were available at the wellness fair. (Courtesy photo)

“The health screenings that focused on prevention as well as early detection help us appreciate elders and the wonder of passing down generational secrets so that future generations could do better.

“It is the historic Black church that provided social, educational, emotional and physical health outlets. Early detection makes the difference in the length and quality of life as our Elders make room for the next generation. Healing our community is a prime goal.”

Supporters of the fair included UCLA Health, Ward Economic Development Corporation, Providence Hospital, 996 Pharmacy, Covered California, Charles Drew University, Children’s Hospital of L.A., St John’s Health Center, Stop COVID 19 CA, USC Headstart, Neighborhood Housing Services of L.A., Brotherhood Crusade, LA Metro, LA County Public Health, ILCAC, Alzheimer’s of LA, L.A. City Sanitation, Councilmember Marqueece Harris Dawson, and Councilmember Heather Hutt.

Council District 10 sponsored the distribution of fresh produce at the fair. (Courtesy photo)