Orange County

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority hosts wellness fair, offers free health services for community

ORLANDO, Fla. — Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is hosting a two-day health fair this week.

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The Orlando community can come out to the Stay Well Community Health Fair and Vaccine Event on Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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These pop-up health and wellness events at Orange Blossom Family Health will help provide accessible resources to the Black community during Minority Mental Health Month, which runs through July.

Free mammograms will be offered to registered guests. In addition, they are eligible to receive free COVID-19 vaccines, boosters and tests; vision and blood pressure screenings; HIV tests and opportunities to donate blood.

“We find that African-American woman are less likely to have a mammogram, whether that are underinsured or not insured,” AKA Sorority member Fabiola Gaines said. “Our sorority has a mammogram bus that we take all across the U.S.”

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City of Orlando Commissioner Bakari Burns is the CEO of Orange Blossom Family Health. He says the pop-up clinic is offering free mammograms and other help services.

“We’ll be doing HIV testing, COVID testing, COVID vaccines, eye screenings. Again, just an event to bring awareness about taking chare of our health for our communities,” Burns said.

Those who participate in these services will be offered free gas cards and the chance to enter a drawing for a 55-inch television.

The wellness fair kicks off the 70th AKA International Conference, also known as Boule. The event is also expected to pump millions of dollars into the Orlando economy.

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However, Gaines says the economic boost is negligible compared to the importance of connecting people in need to healthcare resources.

“We’re all about service to mankind, and that’s what we do as a sorority,” Gaines said.

You can register to the event here.

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