Made possible by the Make More Happen Together Grant through the Danville Regional Foundation
Vance Street Missionary Baptist Church, located in Danville, VA, hosted a groundbreaking event aimed at improving the overall health and well-being of their community.
With a population of 43,055, Danville is a diverse city where 49.4 percent of the population is African American, and the median household income is $37,203. However, a 2021 health equity report revealed that Danville faced significant health challenges, ranking 127th out of 133 Virginia localities for overall health and reporting a lower life expectancy of 75.9 years compared to the state's 79.5 years. Leading causes of death included cancer, heart disease, and chronic lower respiratory diseases.
In response to these disparities, VSMBC partnered with local organizations, including the Danville Regional Foundation and their "Make More Happen Together" Grant, Pittsylvania-Danville Virginia Department of Health, The Health Collaborative, and Sovah Health among others, to create the Healthy Bodies – Healthy Minds Community Fair.
This event, held at the Camp Grove Recreation Center, brought together over 400 participants for a day of education, engagement, and empowerment. Attendees received valuable information on health conditions such as mental health, diabetes, hypertension, and cancer prevention, along with access to community resources and direct dialogue with healthcare providers.
The fair featured outdoor talks by healthcare professionals, vendor stations, live music sessions, food by Southern BELLE Food Truck and fun activities like line dancing and the Strollin' Colon. Participants were encouraged to engage with vendors and collect punches on their punch cards, which they could exchange for door prize raffle tickets, fostering active participation and community involvement.
VSMBC's dedication to improving health outcomes in Danville was evident throughout the event, promoting a healthier and more vibrant region. The church's vision is that this initiative will lead to increased awareness and practical interventions to enhance the health and well-being of the entire community.
We want to express our sincere appreciation to our sponsors, partners, and vendors who made the Healthy Bodies – Healthy Minds Community Fair a resounding success. With your support and collaboration, we brought our community together to promote well-being in Danville. Your contributions, commitment, and shared resources have made a lasting impact, and we look forward to continuing this journey towards a healthier, more vibrant community.
Sponsor: Make More Happen Together – Danville Regional Foundation
The Health Collaborative
Virginia Department of Health
Averett University: Center for Community Engagement & Career Competitiveness
Commonwealth Healthcare at Home
Crown to Soul
Danville Pittsylvania Cancer
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services
Danville Police Department
Medical Solutions Academy
NC A&T Nursing
Pittsylvania County Community Action
Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention
Southern Area Agency on Aging