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People of Progression’s health fair aids Appleton area Black community

GRAND CHUTE – Members of the Black community in the Fox Cities got a chance to meet with health care professionals, including massage therapists, movement specialists and personal trainers, in a more relaxed Saturday setting.

The Hip Hop Health Fair, held at Wisconsin Academy of Sports, 3375 W. College Ave., provided a chance to learn about available resources.

“We wanted to have an environment just for Black people to feel safe and give them the health care resources that they have been kept away from because the health community traditionally has not been built for us,” said Kristen Gondek, who co-founded People of Progression, the Fox Valley community advocacy organization that hosted the event, with Taperz Barber Shop owner Cainan Davenport.

The health fair featured COVID-19 vaccinations through Multicultural Coalition, blood pressure checks and tables from local health care advocacy organizations.

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