Eastern Arkansas’ largest annual event dedicated to community health and wellness, the “St. Bernards Medical Group Health Expo,” returns April 9 to First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro following a two-year pause.
The COVID-19 pandemic prompted organizers to shutter the event in 2020 and 2021, but recent hospitalization decreases provide an opportunity to hold Health Expo in a safe environment.
This year’s Health Expo, formerly known as “Health & Fitness Expo,” will operate as a one-day event on Saturday, April 9, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. rather than Saturday and Sunday like previous events. Still, the event will offer numerous free health screenings from St. Bernards clinicians while providing face-to-face interaction with specialty and primary care providers through newly-established “Health Pods.”
In addition, both the “Kids Zone” area and panel discussions return, making the event family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Finally, a blood drive hosted by the American Red Cross and an onsite Job Fair hosted by St. Bernards Healthcare gives attendees a chance to help replenish critically low blood supplies and explore new career opportunities in healthcare within a casual setting.
St. Bernards Medical Group (SBMG) Health Expo Physician Chair Devi Nair, M.D., cited an urgency of bringing back the annual Health Expo to Northeast Arkansas.