Presented by The Cobb Institute New Orleans, The Stay Well Health Fair and Vaccine events are designed to bring health-related resources to Black communities across the country. The series of events kicked off in Detroit, MI, and has now made its way to the New Orleans area.
The 2020 census states that African-Americans make up 59.53% of New Orleans’s population. Meanwhile, the city’s Coronavirus restrictions made the news as many think they are strict because proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test needs to be shown to visit many venues. According to The New York Times, on a 7-day average, Jefferson Parish identifies 537 new cases of Covid, and the parish leads with the highest number of cases and deaths in the state.
W. Montague Cobb/National Medical Association (NMA) Health Institute (The Cobb Institute) is a 501(c)(3) in Washington, DC, that functions as a national consortium of scholars that engages in innovative research and knowledge dissemination for the reduction and elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities and racism in medicine. They began hosting the events in late 2021.
With each health fair, the organization partners with other organizations to host the event. For the New Orleans fair, The Links, Incorporated New Orleans Cluster are their partner.
There will be free drive-thru vaccinations for children five and up and adults, health resources, access to panel discussions with Black healthcare professionals, and giveaways.
As each health fair also features prominent, local physicians to help attract the community, this weekend’s event at L.B. Landry High School of New Orleans will include Dr. Kimiyo Williams.
Kimiyo Harris Williams, M.D. is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is a native of New Orleans, LA. Educating her patients and encouraging healthy habits have been the foundational framework of her practice of medicine. She strongly supports health advocacy and empowers her patients and their parents to be intentional regarding their health and wellness. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Pre Medicine from Xavier University of LA. Dr. Williams has been the President and CEO of K.H. Williams Enterprises, Inc. since 2010. K.H. Williams Enterprises, Inc. is a professional physician consulting corporation. The corporation’s mission is to provide a resource of health and wellness via medical expertise, organizational leadership, advocacy, research, and education.
In a video segment produced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and entitled Ask a Doctor: Why Do Children, Especially Black and Latinx Children, Need COVID-19 Vaccines?, pediatrician Dr. Rhea Boyd, says “When you look at the kids over the last who got incredibly sick from COVID and had to be hospitalized or had that rare Covid in kids called MIS-C, which stands for Multi-Inflammatory Syndrome in Children, which is a syndrome which basically causes organ failure and places kids at risk for death and other complications- those syndromes and hospitalizations was highest in our communities.”
This weekend’s event will take place on January 29, 2022 at L.B. Landry High School of New Orleans from 10 AM CST to 2 PM CST.
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Fancy’s passion for all things creative combined with her love for writing, Black culture, and business guided her to also offer her public relations, creative, and branding services, making the magazine more of a media boutique having its own subscription clients as well as advertisers, hence why the name changed to SwagHer Magazine & Media.
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The Mississippi native is also one half of Theories & Thoughts Podcast, a discussion-driven show that tackles Black issues and taboo subjects with a kitchen table talk feel, which she hosts with Arnya T.M. Davis. The two also co-produce and host Theories & Thoughts Deep Dive, a millennial talk show.
The former teen mom graduated from Southwest Mississippi Community College with her associate’s in marketing management and studied mass communications with a focus in public relations from Southern University A&M College.