20th Annual Black Family Health and Wellness Association, Inc. Health Fair

On Saturday, March 24, 2018, the Black Family Health and Wellness Association (BFHWA) hosted the 20th annual Black Family Health and Wellness Association community health fair. In 1998, a group of agencies and community members came together to organize a health fair to address health concerns and present on cancer awareness. During the first health fair in January of 1999, over 300 individuals were in attendance. Screenings were offered to attendees at no charge, and lunch was provided while a resident spoke on cancer risk and current cancer numbers in the African American community.

Now in 2018, BFHWA is 20 years old and has remained true to the initial reason the association was established. BFHWA is a 501(c)3 non-profit association whose mission is to enhance and enrich the quality of life for black families through providing quality health education, health advocacy, and health screening. The association is not affiliated with any one medical provider; and many vendors come together without division to provide free health screenings to participants.

This year over 200 attendees made their way to North High School on a cool and rainy Saturday morning to receive free screenings and visit the 40 exhibitors that provided information on financial health, mental health, senior issues, veteran’s affairs, and other family resources. Over 24 kinds of free screenings were provided this year, and they included HIV screening, STI screening, and hearing, vision, dental, and mental health assessments, just to name a few.

The health fair ran from 8:00 am until noon followed by a community celebration that included lunch, acknowledgement of sponsors and committee members, a proclamation presented by the Omaha Mayor’s office, and a demonstration from Mix Fit cardio health dance troop.

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