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NMQF Connect: 2023 H-Town Health Fair
27 November 2023
National Minority Quality Forum (NMQF), a national nonprofit leading the Cancer Stage Shifting Initiative, which is aligned with President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot 2.0, hosted an NMQF Connect Cancer Screening and Health Fair in Houston on November 19, 2023, at Brentwood Baptist Church directly after Sunday service.
NMQF partnered with Merck, MD Anderson Cancer Center, The Rose Foundation, SurviveHer, TRS Health, Brentwood Church, and several community organizations to provide resources to Houston and surrounding areas through the NMQF Connection: H-Town Health Fair.
The fair included health screenings, cancer screenings, blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, free lunches, educational information from various organizations, vaccinations for COVID-19, Flu, and HPV, among other services, and fellowship. All eligible attendees of the fair were seamlessly connected to follow-up care, ensuring that the benefits of early detection were maximized. Additionally, eligible attendees had the opportunity to take home a Cologuard kit, ensuring continued screening opportunities. NMQF served more than 700 attendees.
The NMQF Connect initiative successfully activated in 2022 in Flint, Mich., after The White House Cancer Cabinet identified priorities to close the screening gap and understand and address environmental exposure. The goal was achieved by supporting efforts to increase cancer screenings for at-risk communities in Flint, Michigan, support community-based engagement to increase awareness of cancer risk and treatment, improve clinical trial diversity, and support efforts to understand the impact of the water crisis on cancer risk in the community.
This was the third NMQF Connect event.
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National Minority Quality Forum is a research and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that high-risk racial and ethnic populations and communities receive optimal health care. This nonprofit, nonpartisan organization integrates data and expertise in support of initiatives to eliminate health disparities.