Stillman College offering free health screening Tuesday

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

The Denzel Davis Memorial Health Fair at Stillman College will provide the Tuscaloosa community with a number of free health screenings March 29. Screenings include blood pressure, blood glucose, tests for sickle cell and HIV or AIDS.

The health fair is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will also honor Denzel Davis, a former Stillman student who passed away on Oct. 28, 2018, after contracting viral bronchitis.

The fair’s goal is to eliminate costs and location barriers for Stillman students and West Tuscaloosa residents who may not get regular health checkups.

Health disparities affect African Americans disproportionately in a number of areas and preventative care and health screenings often help stem negative health outcomes that are never achieved.

Director of Student Development and organizer of the health fair Tomalisa Washington said oftentimes, barriers can prevent people from getting routine care.

“The disparity between African Americans and how health issues affect other populations is significant,” said Washington in a statement. “In addition to issues of access, we have a population that is very suspicious of health care professionals. The more we can expose our students and community to healthcare specialists is important, especially for early detection and preventive medicine.”

Early detection and preventative care are vital for African Americans as about 55% of Black adults have high blood pressure. Although blood pressure may have no symptoms at first, it can lead to heart attack or stroke.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Black adults are also 60% more likely to develop diabetes than white adults.

The health fair will be held Tuesday on the Stillman quad.

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