Sixth Annual Willow Hill Heritage Festival
Members of the Georgia Southern Public Health Student Association were among those who attended the sixth annual Willow Hill Heritage Festival, which spotlighted health and wellness for the community.
Held Sept. 3-4 on the Willow Hill School grounds just outside of Portal, Georgia, the festival also featured history, legacy and faith including a breakfast and gospel music. In addition to students and faculty from Georgia Southern’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH), representatives from East Georgia Healthcare Center brought a mobile unit to offer free medical assessments, the Hearts and Hands Clinic provided information and resources about free and low-cost dental services, WellCare representatives were on hand and firefighters taught safety tips.
“Assessments in the recent past have shown disparities among children in Portal and Willow Hill and that many families struggle with diabetes, obesity, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical activity,” said JPHCOPH professor Moya Alfonso, Ph.D.
Doctoral student Maria I. Olivas, coordinator for the health fair, added, “The Willow Hill community is invested in getting healthy and able to function. If the community has a hard time getting the resources they need physically, then we can bring the resources to them at least once a year.”
A future hope for the Willow Hill Heritage and Renaissance Center, beside the historical services it offers through the museum, is to use it as a medical clinic for the community.