Here’s to your LGBT Spring Health Fair
The Health Initiative dedicates itself all year to gay Atlanta’s wellness, especially the uninsured or underinsured. Saturday’s Spring Health Fair offers checkups and screenings as well as fun and informative special sessions. And it’s all free.
To enhance its year-round programs, the Health Initiative (photo) teams with Grady Medical and West End Medical for the fair to offer screenings for HIV, blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol, sign-ups for free mammograms. No appointments. Just show up. Insurance-challenged attendees can also receive info on how to access the initiative’s Health Fund for follow-up care.
But that’s just the beginning of the Spring Health Fair at the Rush Center on Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. New this year are 30- to 45-minute special sessions, including the QueerFit Workout and Yoga. Both are designed to be body positive, safe environments.
Also available are Advance Directive sessions with the Georgia Benefits Counsel on how to legally protect your same-sex partnership in Georgia, as well as how to cut through red tape and enroll in PeachCare and or Medicare/Medicaid. RSVP for workout, yoga or advance directives here. Again, it’s free.
What’s more? 10 percent off meals at the gay-owned Radial Café right next door if you mention the Health Fair. Here’s Saturday’s full health fair schedule:
Saturday, April 28
Noon – 4 p.m.
Women also have the ability to set an appointment for free clinical breast exams (mammograms) through West End Medical.
Special Sessions RSVP here
Noon - Yoga with the Curvy Yogini Stacey Beth Shulman, M.Ed. RYT IAYT is a tantric hatha yoga teacher and yoga therapist in the Atlanta area. Her mission as a yoga teacher and yoga therapist is to help people of all shapes and sizes connect to their bodies and enrich their lives through gentle movement and yoga-based bodywork. Learn more.
1 p.m. - QueerFit Workout QueerFit is for people of all different ranges of mobility and levels of fitness. Trans folk are especially welcome. People of color are especially welcome. Public defenders and others working righteous & unpopular jobs are especially welcome. Children of all types of parents, queer or not, are especially welcome. Those of the 99% who want crossfit’s benefits but can’t afford the $185-225 a month are especially welcome. People with disabilities are especially welcome. Anyone for whom going to a gym is a bit awkward is especially welcome. Get more info.
2 p.m. - Advance Directives Same-sex couples can’t marry in Georgia, but until then, there are ways to protect your family. In 2007, Georgia Equality led the campaign which resulted in the passage of the Georgia Advance Directive for Healthcare, a state law securing the right of same-sex partners to ride in ambulances and have hospital visitation, among other protections. Atlanta Attorney Christopher Seely and volunteers from the Georgia Benefits Counsel will explain the forms, answer questions, and help you fill out the paperwork to legally cover your gay partnership.
2:30 p.m. - PeachCare for Kids West End Medical will discuss the PeachCare for Kids program, who qualifies, and how to get enrolled. Utilizing this program for your family can cut back on costly monthly insurance premiums and provide children up to age 19 with quality care. Don’t assume your family doesn’t qualify. Come out and learn the ropes.
Medicare/Medicaid reps to answer questions about health care reform and enrollment.
Grady Geriatric Clinicians & Elder Services Reps
Info on Smoking Cessation & Diabetes
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