A group of local churches has put together a health fair so extensive that it will be spread over three buildings on Saturday, April 6.
The Southeast Sussex Ministerium’s first “Spring into Health” fair is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. It will be located at the Millville United Methodist Church, Millville Town Hall and the Millville Volunteer Fire Company fire hall, all on Route 26.
Health fair organizer Patricia Galu said the ministerium began planning the health fair about a year ago.
“We saw a need,” she said, and the question posed to member churches was “Now that you see it, what do you do?”
Galu said her involvement in the ministerium is through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church in Bethany Beach. She said the health fair organizers sought to include things of interest to and pertaining to “young people, as well as seniors.” She said the fair is “an opportunity for all different ages to come and learn and get something out of it.”
Millville Town Hall will be the location for a number of talks on health issues. At 10:15 a.m., Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin will present an update on the opioid crisis. At 11:30 a.m., representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will speak on mental health resources for individuals dealing with mental illness, as well as their families. At 12:30 p.m., the People’s Place will offer a presentation on abuse and domestic violence.
Displays and consultations available at Wesley Hall in Millville United Methodist Church will include nutrition information provided by the Delaware Department of Health & Social Services’ Division of Public Health, the Sussex County Veterans’ Center, educational displays from the Beebe School of Nursing, Delaware Technical Community College, Delaware State University, Wilmington College and the University of Delaware, Sun Behavioral Health in Georgetown, Delaware Prostate Coalition, Contact Lifeline sexual assault services and Westside Family Healthcare with dental services information.
At the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall, the Delmarva Blood Bank Mobile Unit will be on hand as part of its spring blood drive. Beebe Healthcare will offer a number of screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, bone density, body mass index, blood glucose and memory testing (done in private in a conference room).
Beebe will also provide information at the fire hall on a number of topics: respiratory therapy and patient financial assistance, as well as Beebe’s Health Care Connection program, Tunnell Cancer Center, diabetes education, and women’s and children’s programs.
Renewed Medical Center (mind-body medicine) and the Pyle Center will also have information available at the fire hall. An interpreter will be on hand at the fire hall for those who need Spanish language assistance.
Light refreshments will be available at Millville United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall during the health fair, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a free drawing for a food gift certificate, an Armand’s By the Sea Chicago Pizzeria certificate and an Atlantic Shoals Surf shop certificate.
Churches in the Southeast Sussex Ministerium sponsoring the event are: Bethany Beach Christian Church, Ocean View Church of Christ, Community Lutheran Church, Frankford Presbyterian Church, Frankford United Methodist Church, Mariners Bethel United Methodist Church, Millville United Methodist Church, Ocean View Presbyterian Church, St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church, St. George’s United Methodist Church and Union Wesley United Methodist Church.
Millville Town Hall is located at Atlantic Avenue (Route 26) and Club House Road in Millville, just east of Millville United Methodist Church. The Millville Volunteer Fire Company fire hall is located at 35554 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), Millville.
By Kerin Magill