The fear of the unknown shouldn't stop you from getting your free health screening
Many adults have to delay or put it off getting the health care they need because they can't afford it, that's according to Earnin.
A recent study shows the health disparities between African Americans and white people in Hamilton County.
It showed African Americans are 30 percent more likely to die from heart disease compared to white people, and 23 percent more likely to die from breast cancer.
This health fair will have testing for those illnesses and more than two dozen other screenings to give you what you need.
Tony Sammons has helped with the Minority Health Fair ever since it started, 18 years ago.
Over the years he's watched as Chattanooga continues to grow.
“Unfortunately the health disparities among minorities across-the-board continue to grow,” said Tony Sammons.
People will be able to get traditional screenings for blood pressure, vision, and hearing.
That also includes breast and lung screenings.
Some of the new sessions can check for certain cancers and digestive issues.
Sammons says the best way to take care of your health is to be proactive.
“If you address that issue on the front end, then you have a greater chance of being able to survive that,” said Sammons. “Also you can be a huge asset to the community, to your family, and yourself.”
Sammons says he knows the difficulty people face when they see the doctor but encourages everyone to take advantage of the free services.
He says a lot of the hesitation is the fear of the unknown.
“It's hard when you know that you need to go to the doctor don't want to go for fear that it's going to be something beyond your control,” said Sammons.
The minority health fair will be from 9 until 2 on Saturday at the Eastgate Town Center.
Again, this is free to attend, and you are encouraged to get there early to reduce those wait times.
The Hamilton County Drug Take Back Task Force will also be on-site to collect prescription drugs.
Also, a pharmacist will be there to answer questions about your current medication.