Health Expo

April 27, 2013


We welcomed a record attendance of 10,000 people to Over-the-Rhine’s recently renovated Washington Park for this year’s Expo. The event was held in conjunction with The School for Creative & Performing Arts (SCPA).This year more than 1,865 health screenings were conducted – bringing the total since 2003 to nearly 18,000 screenings!Personal health information and screenings are more important than ever in helping those in our communities lead healthier lives. With your help, our annual Expo helps make that happen.

Read more about the 10th Annual Health Expo…


2013 Health Expo a Great Success

The Health Expo’s daylong forums featured healthcare experts and organizations providing a wide spectrum of free health screenings, fitness as well as local and national entertainment. In addition, there were many opportunities for adults and children to participate in physical activities. The entire day was focused on increasing awareness and establishing good health habits for the entire family.

Types of health screenings for children and adults, included:

  • 2013-Health Expo-Around the Expo 24Blood pressure
  • Blood sugar
  • Cholesterol
  • Colon cancer
  • Bone density
  • Body fat
  • Breast cancer
  • Pulmonary lung functions
  • Prostate cancer
  • Mental health
  • Hearing, eye and dental exams

Two standing room-only symposiums educated many of the Health Expo’s attendees…

  1. F.A.C.E Your Diabetes: a program for type 2 diabetes management addressing the unique needs of African Americans
  2. What’s Pulling on Your Weave: a health symposium targeted specifically to women

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Health…It’s a Family Affair

Improving on Health Education and Awareness Everyday

The Center for Closing the Health Gap offers free health screenings for health conditions that overwhelmingly negatively impact the African American community. Many attendees have stated these screenings are the only opportunity they have to obtain information about their health, saving them hundreds of dollars each year. Those factors include regular medical care, exercise, a healthy diet, and timely screening tests.

More than 75 percent of those attending the 2013 Health Expo rated the health screenings as very good or excellent while 25 percent found the overall health education and awareness to be of benefit. Hypertension, high cholesterol and diabetes were the most prevalent pre-existing conditions. Based on their initial screenings, many participants were referred for follow-up care.

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It’s All in the Numbers!

Participants at the Health Expo provide valuable insights into the status of a family’s health through health screenings and event surveys. These surveys, and others, are used to develop meaningful programs for managing individual and family health.

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Total Health Screenings Conducted: 1,865

Types of Health Screenings Offered: 15

Top FIVE Screening Tests

  • Blood Pressure: 92%
  • Cholesterol: 84%
  • Blood Sugar: 70%
  • BMI: 63%
  • Body Fat: 62%

Other Screenings

  • 344 Vision screenings
  • 50 Hearing screenings
  • 30 Dexascan bone density screenings
  • 24 Mammography screenings (maximum amount able to be performed at the Expo)
  • 19 Prostate screenings
  • 13 HIV screenings
  • 4 Hepatitis C screenings

Health Insurance?

68% said yes
32% said no

Attending Health Expo for the First Time

61% said yes
39% said no


“This year we conducted 13 HIV screenings. Normally we only do 5. This was a very successful event!” – Planned Parenthood

“1/3 of all of the Mammogram screenings recipients came from the Drop-in Center located downtown.” – TriHealth

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Research Drives Community Outcomes

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The Center for Closing the Health Gap is the only organization of its kind in the region serving Southwest Ohio, Southeastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. Research conducted by The Center involves community engagement, local youth, faith-based organizations and community partners.

  • Increasing awareness of health disparities among African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos and Appalachians in Hamilton County with a specific focus on combating obesity through the Do Right!® initiatives.
  • Working with the Health Leadership Institute (HLI) to train and assist faith-based organizations by promoting healthy, active lifestyles through health ministries.

Taking the lead in convening meetings and discussions about food deserts and the lack of quality foods in many neighborhoods, the Health Gap continues to advocate for improved access to healthier food options while providing educational and community-related resources.

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Special Recognition Awardees

During the Health Expo, the Center for Closing the Health Gap recognizes individuals in the Greater Cincinnati community who serve as exemplary role models in the campaign for healthier lifestyles. This years honorees are:

Willie F. Carden, Jr. – Honorary Co-Chair
Mr. Carden serves as the Director of the City of Cincinnati’s Parks system.

Merri Gaither Smith – Honorary Co-Chair
Mrs. Smith began her teaching career with Cincinnati Public Schools in 1960 at the William H. Taft Elementary School.

Dr. Robyn Chatman – Community Health Champion
Dr. Chatman has provided primary care services to Cincinnati area residents for the past 15 years.

Lincoln Ware – Community Health Champion
Mr. Ware combines humor, passion, experience and thought-provoking local and national headlines during The Lincoln Ware Show.

Kathy Merchant – Community Heath Advocate
Ms. Merchant serves as the president and CEO of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation.

Katelyn Jackson – Community Health Advocate
Ms. Jackson currently serves as senior communications manager with Community Connections for Coca-Cola’s North America Group, based in Atlanta.

Todd Portune – Community Health Advocate
Mr. Portune currently serves as Chair of the County’s Emergency Management Agency Executive Committee and previously chaired the County Homeland Security Commission.

Alvin H. Crawford, MD – Lifetime Achievement Award
Specializing in treating scoliosis, Dr. Crawford is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery.

Florence Katherine Young – Caregiver Award
Ms. Young is a native of Cincinnati and a proud graduate of Cincinnati Public Schools (Walnut Hills High School).

Angie Theresa Evans – Women of Courage Award
After graduating from high school, Ms. Evans moved on to pursue her career in the fashion industry. In July of 1983, she opened her first boutique “Now and Then” in College Hill.

Shanda Spurlock – Women of Courage Award
Ms. Spurlock is a member of the Litigation Department. She focuses her practice in the area of commercial litigation.

James ‘Jim’ Jackson – Man of Courage Award
Mr. Jackson previously has served as the assistant administrator and senior assistant administrator for University Hospital as well as executive director for Children’s Hospital Guidance Centers – Columbus, Ohio.

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Health Screenings

The Center for Closing the Health Gap’s Health Expo is a “go-to” resource for community health screenings by providing free screenings to all attendees. The screenings help lead to early detection, which results in better outcomes when followed by treatment.

Screening List: blood pressure, blood sugar, body fat, body mass index (BMI), breast cancer/ mammography, cholesterol, colon cancer, bone density, HIV/AIDS, pulmonary (lung) function, prostate cancer, mental health, chiropractic care, stress test, hearing, and dental screenings.

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Morning and Afternoon Symposiums


The 10th Annual Health Expo hosted two powerful symposiums addressing diabetesmanagement and women’s health: F.A.C.E. Your Diabetes and What’s Pulling on Your Weave.

The F.A.C.E. Your Diabetes symposium highlighted important statistics and diabetes management guidance. Because African Americans have an incidence of diabetes that is almost twice that of other Americans, speakers encouraged lifestyle changes that include healthy eating, physical activity, and weight loss.

The women’s health symposium, What’s Pulling on Your Weave, empowering attendees to take charge of their personal health by learning about health conditions common in African American women.

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Expo Entertainment

Once again, the Health Gap invited Health Expo attendees to pull out lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes with some of the best Funk and R&B music to Washington Park. Cincinnati’s own R&B legends Midnight Star, The Deele, and X FACTOR contestant, Arin Ray, took the stage at the event.

Concert-goers enjoyed a day of non-stop entertainment as familiar tunes brought back memories of times past at the family-friendly event.


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Sing Out for Health

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The 1st Annual Sing Out for Health, held in the Corbett Auditorium at the School for Creative and Performing Arts, was a smash hit. Solo artists and groups came from far-and-wide to participate in a chance to win the top honor.

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The Wobble: Aiming for a New Record


The dance that has everyone on the floor made its way to the 2013 Health Expo in the spirit of setting a new world record for the most people collectively doing “The Wobble.”

This fabulous attempt at breaking the world record was hosted by none other than WDBZ’s Lincoln Ware. Just shy of the record, the event was a memorable blast for all who participated.

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Movin’ & Groovin’

It’s common knowledge that exercise is the easiest and most effective way to improve physical and mental health. What many don’t realize is that lowering a little regular exercise (or Movin’ & Groovin’) can also ease depression and anxiety while boosting energy and relieving stress.

Movin’ & Groovin’ demonstrations included: Yoga, Walk Live, Karate, Fencing, Exercise, Lyla’s Body, Salsa, Martial Arts, Freestyle Fitness, Zumba, and the Cincinnati Elegant Steppers.

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