On July 14, the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department held our first annual Women’s Health Fair, featuring Bonnie’s Bus, a mobile mammography program … and we are pleased to report that it was a huge success.
During the event, tents were set up and education was available on: women’s health, programs to assistant women - such as Family Planning and the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCSP), healthy food choices, and personal preparedness in case of emergencies or disasters. Clients were offered snacks and encouraged to visit each tent and pass on any information they found helpful to family and friends.
Without the help of several professionals and individuals within the community, our first annual Women’s Health Fair would not have been as successful as it was.
It goes without saying that our staff deserves a loud-shout out for their vision and hard work in making the Women’s Health Fair a new key event for our community. We’d also like to thank our Medical Director Dr. David Bender and the Grafton-Taylor County Board of Health for their support and guidance.
The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department would also like to thank Quality Home Comfort of Grafton, WV. Employees went above and beyond to fix our air conditioner and ensure our clients would have a pleasant and comfortable experience.
The Mountain Statesman was also extremely helpful. Our local paper ran several advertisements, as well as, a feature piece about the event.
We’d also like to thank Kelly Duckworth for donating a haircut for one of our gift baskets. As well as, interns Amie Muraski of the WVU Cancer Institute in Morgantown and Ruthie Watts, Project Coordinator for the WV Lung Cancer Project for their aid during the event.
Additionally, we’d like to thank “Bonnie’s Bus” for putting our facility on their schedule. The “Bonnie’s Bus” team was able to screen 18 women for breast cancer. Due to the success of this event, “Bonnie’s Bus” will now be coming back to the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department yearly.
Finally, we’d like to thank the community of Taylor County for spreading the news and attending the Women’s Health Fair. Events like this wouldn’t be a success without the support of the community and its members.
Stay tuned for upcoming information regarding a Kid’s Day and Men’s Health Fair. If you would like more information about women’s health or programs such as Family Planning or BCCSP, contact our Public Health Nurse Angela Flowers at 304-265-1288 or visit our website at www.GTCHDWV.org.