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NIH Provides Information, Health Screenings at National Black Family Reunion

Photos by Janet Stephens

NIH participated in the 18th annual National Black Family Reunion Celebration recently on the Washington Monument grounds. The National Council of Negro Women event is one of the oldest, largest and best-known gatherings of African American families, routinely attracting more than 500,000 people.

As part of its outreach efforts to address health disparities, NIH reserved a pavilion to help educate the public about its commitment to conduct and support research that will result in good health for all people. This was a trans-NIH activity sponsored by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management in collaboration with several institutes and centers, which provided funding, health materials and/or staff.

Over the 2-day event, nurses from the Clinical Center performed 274 blood pressure screenings. In addition, NIDCR provided 107 free oral cancer screenings by volunteer dentists from the Robert T. Freeman chapter of the National Dental Association.

Joy Jones and Ramon Juarbe of the CC nursing department perform free blood pressure evaluations on visitors to the NIH pavilion.

A dentist from the Robert T. Freeman chapter of the National Dental Association gives an oral cancer screening.

Staffing the event are (from l) Liccy Clavell of the CC nursing department; Vernon Bundick of OD/OLAO; Jennifer Kramer of the National Council of Negro Women; and Michael Chew, OEODM/NCCAM.

The NIH team gathers at the agency's booth.

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