Engaging the Generations: A Day of Health, Unity and Success!

Breakout session at Engaging the Generations
Separate breakout sessions for men and women were held so that attendees could speak more candidly about their cancer concerns. Dr. Constance Blunt, medical oncologist, Mary Bird Perkins, led the standing room-only discussion that included a great dialogue exchange.

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s Engaging the Generations was an immense success, thanks to a collaborative community effort. With 167 participants in attendance (110 pre-registered and 57 walk-ups), the Saturday, June 17 event surpassed all expectations. It was a day filled with empowerment, education, and community spirit. Together, we are making significant strides in advancing health equity for North Baton Rouge.

The event, presented by GMFS Mortgage, showcased a wide array of activities and offerings that catered to every generation. Two dynamic and engaging workshops provided valuable insights and practical knowledge, leaving attendees inspired and motivated.

Informative vendor stations equipped individuals with resources and expert advice, empowering them to make informed decisions about their health. Meanwhile, the family fun activities brought joy and laughter to people of all ages, strengthening the bonds within our community. And let’s not forget the scrumptious Italian ice that kept us cool and refreshed throughout the day—it was the cherry on top of an already incredible event!

However, the true highlight of Engaging the Generations was the emphasis on cancer and health screenings. These vital screenings play a crucial role in early detection and prevention, helping individuals take control of their well-being. The numbers speak for themselves:

  • Breast Screenings: 25
  • Skin Screenings: 73
  • Prostate Screenings: 18
  • Colorectal Screenings: 70
An Engaging the Generations participant receives a skin cancer screening
Many attendees attending Engaging the Generations participated in the free cancer screenings, Here, a participant receives a skin cancer screening and learns more about how to protect her skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

In addition to cancer screenings, other health screenings focused on key areas of well-being. Blood pressure and glucose screenings reached 35 individuals, and provided valuable information for managing their health. Furthermore, two individuals were tested for HIV, ensuring that important testing and awareness efforts are being made in our community.

Through this event, we learned how this approach is another tool that can help us move the health equity needle forward for North BR. By advocating for accessible healthcare resources and promoting proactive health practices, we can ensure a brighter and healthier future for all.