Walking to the rhythm of health equity

The annual Rhythm Health Fair takes place Saturday, Aug. 19. Photo courtesy of GRAAHI.

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute will host its annual Rhythm Walk and health fair at MLK Park on Saturday, Aug. 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The free annual event is designed to raise awareness of health inequity within the African American community.

“While our mission is research and education, our immediate goal is to directly support and positively impact the health of our community,” said Vanessa Greene, CEO of GRAAHI.

The event will showcase local health resources, with family-friendly activities, free lunch and more. In addition to a cancer and mammogram screening mobile unit from Corewell Health and health checks by the Grand Rapids Black Nurses Association, more than 35 health vendors will provide free health information and giveaways. GRAAHI will also distribute free school supplies and have fun activities for children in the expanded Kid Zone.

“While strides have been made in access to healthcare, there are still undeniable disparities for families of color. With this walk and health fair, we want to come together as a community to energize our quest for health equity and at the same time celebrate our vibrant and diverse neighbors” said Greene.

The public is invited to join neighbors, business owners, city leaders, and staff from the Grand Rapids African American Health Institute on a walk, which begins at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be provided by Daddy Pete’s Barbecue.

The first 50 community members who join the walk will be given a free T-shirt.

The walk and health fair takes place Saturday, Aug 19, 2022 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Walk begins at 11:30 a.m. at MLK Park, 1200 MLK Jr. Street SE Grand Rapids.

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