1st Hispanic Festival Features Community Health Resources

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – Hundreds of Hattiesburg residents and healthcare professionals gathered Saturday for a community health event celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month.

The first, “Hispanic Festival” at Hub City’s East Side Park, offered free music, food and health screenings.

Organizers say the goal was to reach out to the Hispanic community to ensure they take advantage of the healthcare options available to them.

“Basically I’m not saying it was just for the Hispanic community, it was for everyone, to know their well-being, to know their numbers, and it was the best time for us to have this event. “said Shanell Williamson, community health worker for the MS Project Shine and Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative.

“As Hispanics, we don’t get checked annually or monthly or anything, so it’s a need and we have to, so it’s letting them know, hey, we’re here, you all have benefits, you all are important to us too,” said Edith Fuentes, community health worker and interpreter for SEMRHI.

The festival was co-hosted by the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative and the MS Shine Project.

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