Local organization aims to help women be more proactive about their health

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Women’s History Month maybe coming to a close for the year, but a local organization is making sure girls and gals take care of their health all year long. Philadelphia FIGHT hosted a free community health fair at the Hank Gathers Recreation Center in North Philadelphia.

Dr. Tashina Okorie helped organize the event that provided women, girls and families with resources to address health and social concerns related to women.

She says that was one of the major goals of the event was to reduce stigma through stressing the importance of getting tested. 

“Getting to know your blood pressure, if you’re a diabetic learning more about how to manage your diabetes and things like that,” she said. “It’s important that we normalize being healthy around screenings of all kinds.” 

She says that’s especially important for HIV, Hep C and other stigmatized conditions. 

“It’s no longer the same illness,” she said. “People are living long lives with HIV. So it’s important to be in the know and not to be afraid of a test because it could save your life if you’re aware with what’s happening in your body.” 

Dozens of took advantage of the free testing, while kids enjoyed free smoothies, snacks and entertainment.

Brenda Bowens seemed pretty passionate about the whole thing. 

“You can check it out right then and maybe you can do some harm reduction,” she said. “This is really important to catch things at the first stages of anything. Catch it at the first stages!”

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