SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Ladies, when was the last time you put yourself first? We invite you to make your health a priority at the Health & Beauty Fair for Women of Color, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., March 15 at the Snohomish Health District, 3020 Rucker Ave., Everett, Wash.
“This event is to empower women of color to take a few simple steps to preserve their health,” said Jessica Burt, disease intervention specialist in the Health District’s HIV/AIDS prevention program. “We also want to close the gap of health disparities through health screenings and education.”
HIV/AIDS rates in Washington are 15 times higher for Blacks, four times higher for Hispanics, and twice as high for American Indians/Alaskan Natives as White women.
In a festive and supportive environment, the Health District and community partners will offer health screenings, beauty care, wellness and nutrition information, a free catered light lunch, raffles and prizes, and a lively session of Zumba! The health screenings include HIV testing, and checks for diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
The featured speakers at lunchtime are Janice Green, president of the Snohomish County NAACP, and Jeannine Fosca, board member of AIDS Project Snohomish County.
Resource tables will offer information about breast and cervical health, financial health, emergency preparedness, health insurance, and factors that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
Snohomish Health District will offer HIV prevention information and free anonymous or confidential HIV tests to qualifying women and girls ages 14 years and older who are at risk for HIV infection. The rapid HIV antibody test, adopted in 2004 by the Health District, requires only a drop of blood pricked from a finger. Test results are available within 30 minutes. No ID required.
In the U.S, African-American women are 35 percent more likely to die of heart disease, and Hispanic women face heart disease nearly 10 years earlier compared to Caucasian women. In the Puget Sound service area women of color have the lowest 5-year rate of cervical and breast cancer survival among all the ethnic and racial groups. The majority of these women live in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
Call 425.339.8692 to learn more about the Health & Beauty Fair, or visit us online at www.snohd.org/event.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health Board and the Health District at www.snohd.org.