|Radio personality Alvin John Waples of WMMJ (Majic 102.3-FM) speaks with ORWH director Dr. Vivian Pinn in the lobby of Providence Hospital.
NIH pitched in to promote preventive care in the Washington, D.C., community on Apr. 7, which was “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day.”
“We can’t forget to reach out to our local communities,” said Calvin Jackson, chief of the News Media Branch, Office of Communications and Public Liaison, OD. “This is our third visit to Providence Hospital for Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, because grassroots efforts can really bring about change.”
The event, part of a national campaign led by syndicated radio host Tom Joyner of WMMJ (Majic 102.3-FM), was a return engagement to Providence—an important venue, both demographically and historically. Chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, Providence is the longest continuously operating hospital in the nation’s capital. Its community roots go deep.
Exhibits lined the lobby, where visitor estimates topped 2,000. Staff, students, patients and their families flocked to the NIH tables for the cool giveaways and literature (in both Spanish and English) on hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, smoking cessation, men’s/women’s/senior health and other topics.
Some folks were on a mission.
“Can you help us set up an event for men’s health?” asked Eddie Martin, vice mayor of District Heights, Md. A community health worker needed speakers for a cancer support group. Others were searching for ways to help loved ones quit smoking.
Meanwhile, in the bustling lobby, Olivia Fox of WMMJ interviewed NIDDK director Dr. Griffin Rodgers and radio personality Alvin John Waples interviewed ORWH director Dr. Vivian Pinn.
Radio One, which owns or operates 54 radio stations, reaches approximately 14 million listeners weekly, with its local affiliate WMMJ heard by half a million strong.
Now, that’s a shout-out.