Watkin Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 800 S. Juniper St., will host its annual free community health fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 17.


The health fair will be conducted by event chairman James Mazique, a registered nurse at Jefferson Regional, along with other health care professionals.


“The objective of the health fair is to provide crucial health care services to those in need who may be unable to afford them otherwise, detect health care issues not previously diagnosed and prevent others from having to cope with the struggles of having health issues,” according to a news release.


“Research shows that both chronic and acute health problems are extremely high among low-income (people.) Our project goal is to encourage the maintenance of good health through health promotion, screening and prevention of illness,” according to the release.


Several health care booths will be set up. The health fair will offer free HIV testing, prostate screening (blood draw only), oral care, weight balance test, blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure testing and more.


“Each and every one of these services is crucial if undiagnosed and could even be fatal,” according to the release.


Confidential charts will be provided for attendees. Charts will show parameters for the measurement for each test. The health care professional will also provide exit counseling to the participants.


Some members of the health care profession who have agreed to participate include: Jefferson County Health Department, Jefferson Comprehensive Care System, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS,) Arkansas Prostate Cancer Foundation, Jefferson Regional and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Nursing Department.


Details: James Mazique, chairman, at dwightmazique@yahoo.com or 870-489-1614.