Hospital hosts Black History and Wellness Feb. 23


Every year, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center looks forward to celebrating Black History Month with a series of events and recognitions. This year’s theme, “Black Health and Wellness” is particularly exciting, because it encourages communities to take a closer look at the achievements of African Americans, especially in the healthcare field while also focusing on achieving optimal health and wellness for African Americans.
“As a leader in the healthcare community, NRMC is pleased to be able to offer a Black History Month Community Health Fair – Celebrating Black Health and Wellness,” explained Phyllis Mason, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of NRMC and chair of the event. “We want to serve as a resource and help people better understand health issues. Many people may not realize that there are certain illnesses and diseases that are prevalent in African American families. The good news is that through screenings, preventative measures, and early diagnosis and treatment, African Americans can achieve and maintain their health more so today than ever before. We hope people will come to the health fair and participate. Bring your questions, because we will have professionals in place to help you gain a better understanding.”
This health fair will be Wednesday, Feb. 23 from noon-3 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Center in Natchitoches. This free event includes screenings such as blood pressure checks and blood sugar screenings. There will also be booths set up to provide information on diseases that are prevalent in African Americans and how they are diagnosed and treated. Additional booths will provide tips on eating right, exercising, blood pressure education, preventing STDs, smoking, and vaping cessation and more. There will also be information on COVID and the vaccines.
“Dr. Phyllis Mason and the hospital’s Black History Month committee want this year’s celebration to make a difference in the health of African Americans in our community. I want to recognize Dr. Mason for her leadership and her commitment to our community’s health. She has been a member of the NRMC medical staff for over 25 years and has always worked to serve the community and bring quality healthcare to our parish,” said Kirk Soileau, Chief Executive Officer. “I want to thank Dr. Mason and her committee for leading our community’s celebration of Black Health and Wellness and recognize her for her many achievements in her own healthcare career.”