By Bobbie Poynter
A steady stream of visitors came through the lobby doors Wednesday, Oct. 22, as Knox County Hospital hosted its second annual Women’s Health Fair.
The Knox County Health Department created the health fair in 2008 to help inform women in the community of the various help and health organizations available to them.
“The women’s health fair goal is to promote women’s health in general,” said Brenda Graham, Knox County Hospital chief nursing officer, and organizer of this year’s fair, and since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there is a strong focus on the importance of cancer screenings and mammograms.”
The program provides women with information and contacts not only for cancer, but also for those who may be pregnant, homeless or who may be in an abusive relationship.
Along with the flyers, handouts and information packets given out to the hospital’s guests, there were healthy treats, handmade Breast Cancer Month pink ribbons from Air Methods, and lots of door prizes, which included cash and gift baskets full of useful items.
“The fair is definitely growing each year because our participants are experiencing the positive effect the fair is having on the community,” said Graham, “and they are sharing that with other organizations who can also contribute to the overall health needs of women in this community.”
Health Fair organizers wish to thank the following businesses and organizations for their participation: American Cancer Society, Ella Collins Service Core, Kentucky Cancer Program, Kentucky Homeplace, Knox County Cancer Patient Fund, Knox County Health Dept., PT Pros, Regional Prevention Center/Kids Now, Southern KY AHEC, Union College Nursing Program, Commercial Bank, L&N Credit Union, Air Evac, Air Methods, Spread the Health Appalachia, PHI, Grace Community Health Center, Relay for Life, kynect, Knox County Hospital, KCEOC and the Knox County Drug Court.