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Black Health Counts Juneteenth Health Awareness Event – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-06-19 22:41:29 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — 2021 is the first year Juneteenth was recognized as a national holiday, with festivals taking place most of the week.

Festival organizers used the June celebration as an opportunity to spread health awareness and resources to the Northern Tulsa community.

The battle to close the health inequalities between color communities continues.

Blue Cross Blue Shield hosted a Black Health Count event as part of the Juneteenth Festival.

Family health events have brought educational awareness and health services to the Northern Tulsa community.

Andrea Oguinn, a Caring Van specialist in Oklahoma, told 2 News: “Today, vaccination was free, so we broke the barriers for individuals who may not be insured. That’s Caring Van. You can come here and get the vaccine with us. You can. With Johnson, Moderna, and Pfizer, this was a great opportunity for people to come out and get COVID-19 shots. “

According to a recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, COVID-19 mortality would have been lower for black patients if they had access to the same hospital as white patients.

Here in Tulsa, a study by the Community Services Council on Tulsa’s Equality Index found that there was a difference of about 8.5 years in life expectancy between residents north and south of Tulsa.

The study also found that minorities had a higher mortality rate from cardiovascular disease in Tulsa County.

Camillia Young-Walker, one of the participants in the event, said: No one has insurance. If you don’t have health care, you need to know how else you get care and what’s happening in your community. “

Keisha Metoyer, one of the festival’s vendors, agrees that medical education and awareness are important to overcome imbalanced statistics.

“Focus on health issues, vaccinate and ask questions,” says Metoyer.

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