Health Expo



Saturday, April 29, 2023
10 AM-5 PM
Washington Park


The Health Expo is the Health Gap’s annual FREE event bringing health access directly to the Cincinnati community. Enjoy health information, healthy food and fitness, and local and national entertainment. Preparations are underway for the 2023 Health Expo!

A Message from Closing the Health Gap President & CEO

“We Must Save Us” is the theme of the 2023 19th Annual Health Expo. Our vision at Closing the Health Gap is to create culture of health for all. We work every day to close the gap on health disparities through engaging, empowering, and advocating for our community. This year’s Annual Health Expo features free health screenings, a black women’s health experience, fitness, and cooking demonstrations. We are eager to share how individuals can take control of their health!

Factors such as race, socioeconomic status, and gender greatly influence your health, and those around you. These factors have been further impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and it is more important than ever for us to take control over our own health outcomes – We Must Save Us. The Health Expo provides access to health resources that will activate lifestyle changes necessary to improve the health outcomes for our community.

I want to thank our sponsors, exhibitors, partners, and the community as we work to empower each other to move the needle on health disparities. Please follow us on our social platforms and use the hashtag #WEMUSTSAVEUS as you enjoy the Health Expo.

Renee Mahaffey Harris,
President & CEO, Closing the Health Gap


Black Women’s Health Experience • Kidney Health Awareness • Movin’ & Groovin’ Fitness Demos • Cooking Demos • Children’s Pavilion

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Guide + Schedule
Map + Key

Washington Park

  • Blood Glucose
  • Blood Pressure
  • BMI
  • Waist Circumference
  • Lung Cancer
  • Throat & Neck Cancer
  • Fall Risk Assessment
  • Behavioral Therapist
  • Vision
  • Arterial Peripheral Disease


School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA)

  • Cholesterol
  • Colon
  • Prostate
  • Kidney Screening
  • HIV/AIDS Support



  • UC Health Mammography Van – 12th Street
  • Mercy Health Mammography Van – Elm Street
  • ODH Adult Covid-19 Vaccine-Van – SCPA Lot


Health Education

  • Women’s Services
  • Stop the Bleed
  • Fire Prevention
  • Organ Donation Awareness
  • Black Men in Medicine
  • Oral Health Education
  • Primary Care
  • Ask a Doctor Cincinnati Medical Association


Children’s Pavilion
The following screenings for children provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

  • Hearing Testing/Screenings
  • Vision Screenings
  • Speech Screening
  • Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Visit the Children’s Pavilion for fun activities information and a chance to win prizes & goodies!

  • Breast Feeding Education
  • Social Services Education and Awareness
  • Social Services Health Vine
  • Imagination Library
  • Community Relations Give-a-Way Table
  • Activities: Clown & Face Painting

Health Screenings
Provided by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • Hearing Testing
  • Vision
  • Speech
  • Children’s COVID-19 Vaccine

Main Stage
10:55am: Welcome Kickoff and Sponsor Acknowledgement Don Juan
11:00am: 2nd Wind Tribute to The Clark Sisters – “Robert O’Neal Multicultural Art Center, Black Art Speaks and A.R.T.E, three Black-led art organizations that use the arts as their tool to make a change, promote social justice, and unify our city present an artistic tribute to legendary Clark Sisters.”
12:05pm: Ms. Black Teen Pageant Acknowledgment
12:40pm: Dj Arie
2:10pm: Papa Gora
2:45pm: Young Chee$e
3:20pm: Tyshawn Colquitt
3:55pm: Lincoln Ware Sponsor Acknowledgements & Award Presentations
4:20pm: Jameeze
5:05pm: Ric Sexton
5:55pm: Closing Remarks

Taste of Fitness
8:30am: Warm-Up and Full Body Cardio and Stretch with Phyllis Davis and Lyla Sawyer, Weight of Faith
8:40am: Yoga and Meditation with Blu Cauthen
8:50am: Strength Training with Warriors professional basketball team, coach/personal trainer at Team No Excuses, Tim Little
9:00am: Hoola Hoop with Pamela Carter
9:10am: Body Building Basics including Strength Training/ Massage with Where there’s a Will there’s a Way! Will’s All Around Wellness, Will Baker
9:20am: African Dance with Kijai Khamisi
9:30am: Resistance Band and Abdominal Workout with Martasha Colvin, CPT, From The Inside Out Motivational Fitness and Coaching (Video)
9:40am: Group High and Low Personal Training with Bodied By Rico
10:00am: Cardio Blast! with Tierra Renee

Interact for Health Movin’ & Groovin’ Pavilion
11:00am: StarLit Trap & Step Fitness with Star
11:30am: Yoga and Meditation with Blu!
12:00pm: Xtreme Hip Hop with ShaRhonda
12:30-12:45pm: Curvy Cardio Stretch with Anisha
12:45– 1:00pm: Curvy Cardio Workout with Morgan Owens
1:00pm: BBF Health and Forevevr Kings – Family Workout, Jordan Bankston
1:30pm: Throw Back Aerobics, Melanie Moon
2:00pm: Body Revamped Fitcamp (Cardio, Bodyweight exercises) Tosha Hill
2:30pm: Dance Fitness with Markesha Blackman, Redefined Studios
3:00pm: Zumba with Ms. Patricia Dorsey
3:30pm: Metro Cincinnati Dance Association, Line Dancing with Jenise Brassell
4:00pm: Fitness Evolution by FitMe with Mykia Eubanks

Black Women’s Health Experience
12:00pm: Annie Ruth – Community Health
Moderated By Kyla Woods

1:00pm: PAUSE Erika Gray – Physical Health
Moderated By Kyla Woods

1:30pm: Julie Gallatin – Physical Health
Moderated By Kyla Woods

2:00pm: Dr. Shantel Thomas – Mental Health
Moderated By Tropikana

3:00pm: Tracey Brooks – Economic Health
Moderated By Tropikana

Visit Booths to Win Prizes!
When you visit booths in the Main Stage Greenspace, get a chance to participate in a raffle as you get health information and find out what the exhibitors have to offer.

Get Health Screenings to Win Prizes!
Complete 3 or more FREE health screenings and turn in your completed health screening form to enter a raffle to win a $100 Gift Card.

Click to view PDF:

Organ Donation Across Race & Ethnicity PDF

Organ Donation Across Race & Ethnicity


What is Chronic Kidney Disease PDF

What is Chronic Kidney Disease?


Renee Mahaffey Harris, President & CEO
The Center For Closing The Health Gap In Greater Cincinnati

Dianne Ebbs, Chair, Board of Directors
School Administrator

Mark A. Vander Laan, Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
Litigation Director, Attorney, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Patricia Stewart Adams, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Executive Director, GRAD Cincinnati

Louito Edje, MD, MHPE, FAAFP, Secretary, Board of Directors
Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

David L. Stewart, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor and Chairman
University of Maryland, Department of Family and Community Medicine

George H. Vincent
Managing Partner & Chairman, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Sean Kelley
Director, Talent Pipeline Initiative, Partners for a Competitive Workforce

Charles J Schubert MD
Director, Global Health, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Attending Physician, Division of Emergency Medicine, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Rabbi Abie Ingber
Rabbi-in-Residence at Christ Church Cathedral

Charles Doarn
Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Environmental and Public Health Sciences, Division of Public Health Sciences,  College of Medicine

James Powell, MD
President, Strategic Medical Associates, LLC
Principal Investigator, National Medical Association’s Project IMPACT

Ric Sexton

2nd Wind

Special Guests


Coming soon!

A Glimpse of Previous Health Expos

2021 Virtual Health Expo on Local12

Full Programming of 2021 Virtual Health Expo

A Glimpse of Previous Health Expos

Saving Lives

A Health Expo attendee was rushed to University Hospital when a nurse providing a blood pressure check discovered it was at unhealthy levels. She received treatment and recovered at home after stabilizing.