12th Annual Minority Health Fair Is Aug. 16

Thursday, July 31, 2014

In August 2002, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. partnered with the 28th Community Development Corporation to focus on men’s health issues by providing a free health fair – Hamilton County Minority Health Fair. The primary focus was geared toward prostate exams, blood pressure and other educational services for men. In 2004, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. joined this partnership to focus on women’s and children’s health as well.

Last year over 3,000 people attended, 125 vendors were present providing various screening/educational services.  Chattanooga CARES provided 50 HIV tests and The Tennessee Department of Health Ryan White Minority AIDS Initiative Program distributed HIV educational materials to over 400 people.

Helen Adams, Minority AIDS Initiative coordinator at the Tennessee Department of Health says, “African Americans comprise the burden of HIV, both nationally and in the State of Tennessee.  There are many social factors that contribute to HIV among African Americans—poverty, not knowing one’s status, stigma, fear, homophobia, and even compliancy, but there is hope.”

Chattanooga CARES has been a supporter of the Minority Health Fair since its inception.  African Americans represent approximately 20% of the population, yet make up 44% of new HIV cases and 48% of people living with HIV/AIDS in Hamilton County as of 2013. 

William Adams, Prevention/Education director, and his team will be providing Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing for those who are at risk in the community. There is no charge for any test and participants will receive their results in 20 minutes. Along with testing, CARES will provide the community with tools and information necessary for prevention.

Everyone is invited to attend on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road.  Pre-register by calling 423-778-5465 (LINK).


Lantern Residents Celebrate "Make A Difference In Children" Week

The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer's Center of Excellence, Collegedale celebrated "Make a Difference in Children Week," inviting local home-schooled children and their own great-grandchildren to create their very own lollipops.   The children even got a surprise science lesson as they witnessed a cool dry ice exhibit.   As part of the Meaningful Day program, ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents Create Floral Arrangements For Salvation Army

Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford residents created dozens of beautiful floral arrangements on the Chattanooga Salvation Army's "Flowers of Hope Day." As part of the Life Enrichment Program, the assisted living community embraces acts of kindness through its partnerships with local nonprofit organizations, spreading goodwill to everyone they meet.  ... (click for more)

County Schools Receive Community Gift For Almost $1 Million To Fund Public School Bible History Program

Bible in the Schools presented a community gift for nearly $1 million to the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) to reimburse 100 percent of the costs of funding a Bible history program in 18 public schools for the 2015–2016 academic year. Enrollment data for 2015–2016 reported 3,582 students in grades 6–12 elected to take a Bible history classes. “This gift from the ... (click for more)

DA's Office Defends Suspended Sentence In School Bus Driver Rape Case

The District Attorney's Office defended a controversial suspended sentence in a rape case involving a substitute county school bus driver. Prosecutor Jason Demastus said the victim, who was 15 years old at the time of the March 2015 incident, was in agreement on the plea and refused to testify against Alexander Rodriquez. Rodriguez, 34, last Thursday pleaded guilty to ... (click for more)

Make America Good Again - And Response

“No people can be great, who have ceased to be virtuous.”   Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) Last week I witnessed first hand the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. As I observed the happenings within the Quicken Arena, the one theme that continued to pop up again and again, was  Make America Great Again .  Of course, that being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Keep Mike Carter’s Genius

Mike Carter, who has just been chosen as the “Best Overall” member of the Tennessee Legislature by a group known as the Tennessee Forum and “Legislator of the Year” by Citizens for Home Rule, is truly both. A lawyer and then a Sessions Court judge for 8 ½ years, he is overwhelmingly favored to win a third term during next Thursday’s election and rightly so. While it is laudable ... (click for more)