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By Amber Ravenell and Courtney Zellers
Office of University Communications      
Employees Check Up at Health Fair on the Hill

Howard University Classics professor Caroline Dexter gets her blood pressure checked by 4th year Howard University Medical Student, Christopher Walker, while at the health fair.

WASHINGTON (Nov. 5, 2002)– Hundreds of Howard University employees poured through the doors of Blackburn Center recently for health screenings and to talk with Howard physicians and other health providers during Health Fair on the Hill, a free healthcare extravaganza.

The nearly five-hour health fair included free check-ups, individualized consultations with physicians, informational booths from different health specialties, such as the breast, prostate and colon cancer, orthopedics, ophthalmology and diabetes care -- and dozens of raffle prizes.

Employees won four iPads, two 24-inch televisions with DVD players, Costco gift certificates, gym bags and a number other prizes. The Oct. 24 event was part of Healthy Howard, the University’s health and wellness initiative.

“I’m enjoying the fair so far,” Kenny Nero, an employee in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library, said last week. “I never get a physical, so I figured a free one would be great.”

In addition to giving free flu shots and the tests for blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes and cholesterol, there was a series of

lectures called “Ask the Medical Expert,” during which physicians talked about key health care issues. Lecture topics included “How Stress Can Break Your Heart,” “The Truth about Suicide” and “The Truth and Myths about Flu Shots.”

“This health fair introduced the Howard Community to the hundreds of health services the Howard University Faculty Practice Plan and Howard University Hospital have to offer,” said Jeanette Gibbs, associate vice president for Health Sciences and CEO of the Faculty Practice Plan.

“ I am grateful to President Ribeau and Provost Frederick for supporting this event. I am also thrilled that we had this opportunity to care for so many of our colleagues across the entire University.”

Herbert Buchanan, the newly appointed CEO of Howard University Hospital, attended the fair.

“It’s a very good turnout today,” Buchanan said. “All the specialties are well represented.”

Edward Mazique, 3rd year dental student at Howard University, gives a dental screening to Kelda Lea during "Health Fair on the Hill" at Howard University.

Vendors from different departments of the Health Sciences set up tables to provide free information to University employees.

“We want to create awareness for the employees about strokes,” said Swathi Gopishetty, an attendant at the booth for the Department of Neurology.

Dr. Rabia Cherqaoui, clinical faculty in the College of Medicine’s Division of Endocrinology, said the fair also emphasized preventative care.
“It’s great for employees to come here and meet people from our specialties,”Cherqaoui said, “and for those who are too busy and neglecting their health, it’s a good starting point.”

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