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MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and Healthy Me – Healthy SC Partner for Health Fair

September 09, 2022
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In an effort to bring better health care access to rural communities, MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and Healthy Me – Healthy SC are partnering to bring the Marion community a health fair at Amazing Grace Park on September 24th, 2022.

The health fair will offer many free health screenings, adult and children's health education, a food giveaway, food trucks, health presentations, and other giveaways. Transportation for the health fair will also be provided by the Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

"This community health fair, sponsored by MUSC Health Marion Medical Center and Healthy Me - Healthy SC, is helping individuals in rural communities to be healthier by providing education about good healthcare and preventive medicine. I am happy we are able to offer free health screenings and education all in one place for the benefit of the community,” said Dr. Ganga Mathisuthan, Medical Director of MUSC Health’s Rural Health Network.

Some of the free health screenings offered include blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, COVID-19, strep throat, and flu checks. Dental screenings will also be provided by the MUSC College of Dental Medicine. In addition, COVID-19 vaccines and bone density screenings will be provided free of charge.

About Healthy Me – Healthy SC

The program is a partnership between MUSC and Clemson University and makes use of Clemson's Health Extension network, which is already modeled on providing food access, health, and wellness to citizens across the state. It also provides extension agents for all of the 46 counties in the state of South Carolina.

Pop-up clinics and health fairs give direct access to health care under the initiatives. For example, in St. Stephen's, a temporary clinic is set up in a local high school six times per year where medical students provide glucose and blood pressure screenings for diabetes and hypertension prevention and education.

Health clinics and fairs also partner with FoodShare to provide boxes full of fresh fruits and vegetables to those in need.