Columbia VA hosts summer health fair

Columbia VA hosts summer health fair

Columbia VA hosted a Summer Health Fair June 14 that included 28 vendors. The event promoted well-being and raised awareness about the diverse range of services available to Veterans and their families.

With a focus on holistic health and inclusivity, the Summer Health Fair offered a multitude of opportunities for attendees to engage with various programs and initiatives. From MOVE! and Women’s Health Program to LGBTQ+ Veteran Care and the Caregiver Support Program, the fair highlighted the exceptional care provided by Columbia VA.

The 28 vendors included both community organizations and Columbia VA departments. The vendors showcased their services and provided valuable information. Veterans and their families explored a wide array of health-related offerings ranging from mental health support to fitness programs and everything in between.

Pictured above, VA social worker Katie Wharton talks with Veterans about the options offered by Columbia VA’s mental health department.

Event important for Veterans

“Columbia VA strives to provide optimal care to our Veterans,” said Sandra Walker-Halliman, health promotion disease prevention program manager and event organizer. “Events like this are important not only to our Veteran population but also our employees because overall health and well-being are at the forefront of health care organizations today combatting burnout.”

The fair also featured various engaging activities. Attendees participated in yoga sessions designed to promote physical and mental well-being. Music added a vibrant atmosphere and created an enjoyable and relaxed environment.

VA employee welcomes Vet to the health fair
Lisa Young, customer service representative, welcomes a Veteran to the summer health fair.

Retired Army Veteran Beverley Brooks attended the health fair and expressed how significant events like these are for Veterans and their families and caretakers. “This is so important because it relays information to Vets about what is available to them and their families. This is a wonderful resource,” she said.

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The Summer Health Fair is a testament to Columbia VA’s commitment to the health and well-being of the Veterans and their families. Columbia VA continues to foster community engagement and provide a comprehensive platform for individuals to learn, connect and access vital resources.

About Columbia VA

Columbia VA comprises the Wm. Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center and seven community-based outpatient clinics located throughout South Carolina in Anderson, Florence, Greenville, Orangeburg, Rock Hill, Spartanburg and Sumter. We serve more than 90,000 Veterans in 36 of 46 counties in South Carolina.

  • June 25, 2023