April is Minority Health Month and the Burlington County Commissioners are inviting residents and families to an upcoming resource fair that can help them stay healthy and secure in their homes.
The Commissioners are partnering with the Burlington County Department of Human Services, Burlington County Health Department and the Burlington County Minority and Equality Rights Task Force to host the 2nd Annual Bring Health Home Fair on Friday, April 28, at the Department of Human Services Building, 795 Woodlane Road in Westampton. The event will run from 1 PM to 5 PM and will feature health screenings, fitness and health classes, a COVID-19 vaccine clinic, information tables and case management resources for residents and families needing rental and mortgage assistance, utility assistance and more.
There will also be food and entertainment for a family-friendly day focused on health and housing and making sure residents know what help and resources are available.
“Burlington County is known as one of the healthiest communities in America but we continue to work to make improvements and to alleviate the health and housing discrepancies faced by minority and underserved communities,” said Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson, the liaison to the Department of Human Services and the Minority and Equality Rights Task Force. “Bringing together all these resources under one roof allows residents to easily access important information and programs, get screened and learn more about the benefits of proper nutrition, exercise and other healthy lifestyle choices.”
The event is free and open to the public. More than two dozen agencies and providers are expected to participate, including the Burlington County Department of Human Services, Burlington County Health Department, Burlington County Housing Hub, Burlington County Division of Community Development, Burlington County Women Infants and Children program, Burlington County Board of Social Services, Burlington County Division of Behavioral Health, VOA Impact, Oaks Integrated Care, Burlington County Sheriff’s Office, Lupus TriState, Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the U.S. Department of Agriculture SNAP-Ed, South Jersey Gas Industries, Soldier On, the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and others.
Burlington County Commissioner Dan O’Connell, the liaison to the Health Department, said the resource fair was another way to connect Burlington County residents with available resources and programs.
“Building healthy communities takes all of us working in partnership and an event like this one can help bring people together,” said O’Connell. “It’s a fun afternoon that lets people know about the resources and programs that are available. It also creates opportunities for residents to meet the staffers and volunteers who are actively working to help them and their families.”