Each year, Junior League of St. Louis partners with Affinia Healthcare and Grace Hill to present the annual Strong Women & Families Health & Resource Fair, which connects St. Louis families with information and on-site resources in the areas of finance, education, employment, housing, legal services, healthcare, and wellness in a fun, family-friendly, low-stress environment.
2017 marks the eighth year that JLSL, Grace Hill and Affinia Healthcare will provide free, essential health and community services to those in the greater North St. Louis City area. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Grace Hill Water Tower Hub (2126 E. Grand Ave.).
A key part of Junior League of St. Louis’ mission is improving the lives of women and children in our community. Our annual Strong Women & Families Health & Resource Fair helps St. Louisians access multiple free community resources – healthcare, dental and financial services, wellness tips, and employment and housing assistance – in a centralized location. Attendees receive actual on-site services at the event, not just a flyer and phone number.
The day includes healthcare opportunities like OB visits for pregnant women, well-woman exams, and back-to-school and sports physicals for youth, as well as entertainment, kids’ crafts, and face painting.
JLSL Strong Women & Families Health & Resource Fair Highlights
Since 2010, Junior League of St. Louis has partnered with local organizations to host Strong Women and Families Health and Resource Fair. In 2016, we moved the date to coincide with timing for pre-school year and sport physicals for children and youth in North St. Louis.
As a result, JLSL saw a record number of participants in 2016: more than 600 people sought health services in Affinia’s Health Facility, and nearly 500 registered at the resource area.
It Takes a Village
There are many barriers such as financial and transportation constraints that make it difficult for North City St. Louis families to receive many basic health and wellbeing services. We are grateful for our partnerships and are proud to bring together such great organizations for families in a fun, family-friendly environment.
Upcoming SWF Event
Our 8th-annual Strong Women & Families Health & Resource Fair is scheduled for Aug. 12, 2017 at the Grace Hill Water Tower Campus. If you have any questions or are interested in participating at our upcoming Women’s Health Fair, please contact our Community Impact Team Leads for more information.