A-State Community Health Fair Set for Oct. 3
NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED AND WILL BE RESCHEDULED AT A LATER DATE.
JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s fifth annual C.A.R.E. (Community Action Reinforcing Empowerment) Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Magnolia Baptist Church, 911 Magnolia Road. Food, games and prizes are available for attendees.
The C.A.R.E. program was created in 2010 by A-State’s Department of Social Work to focus on identifying resident needs and concerns in North Jonesboro, and to assist individuals in prioritizing their needs necessary for positive outcomes. Social work student-interns staff the organization, with oversight by program faculty.
“The Community Services Center staff operates the food pantry, clothes closet and other services, while the A-State C.A.R.E. staff provides ongoing needs assessments, advocacy and referral, after-school tutoring, adult computer and parenting classes, and a number of other community projects and activities,” said Brad Holloway, assistant professor of disaster preparedness and emergency management at Arkansas State.
Arkansas State partnered with the North Jonesboro Neighborhood Initiative (NJNI) team in response to the needs and concerns of citizens over the last couple of years. This opportunity allows the staff at A-State C.A.R.E. to gain invaluable experience and insight into the challenges many residents in the area face on an everyday basis.
The C.A.R.E. staff collaborates with several community organizations to provide services, including tutoring at the Hispanic Center and at the Computer Lab in the Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority (JURHA). These collaborations continue to grow.
For more information about the Health Fair or C.A.R.E, contact the office at (870) 680-8286 or Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.