Howard University Partners With Largo Community Church For 10th Annual Health Fair April 14

WASHINGTON -- Matthew Blanding of Upper Marlboro thought everything was fine with his health, at least until he was screened in April 2003 at the annual Largo Community Church Health Fair.   That’s when he discovered he had prostate cancer.

From there, he worked with Howard University’s doctors and had the cancer removed.  The retiree has been cancer free since.  Blanding said the early detection made a huge difference in his outcome, which is why he is a strong believer in the benefits of health fairs.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Largo Community Church’s health fair and. as it has since the inception, it is again partnering with Howard University. 

Beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, to 3 p.m., Howard physicians and health care clinicians will answer questions and provide screenings for various diseases at Largo Community Church in Maryland, 1701 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, Md.

The health fair also includes a flea market, which begins at 8 a. m. Saturday, April 14, with a flea market.

Howard University will provide close to 40 doctors and medical representatives to conduct dental, hearing, memory, cancer, cholesterol, diabetes, glaucoma, hypertension and HIV screenings.

There will also be tables with representatives from the American Cancer Association, the Department of Aging, the Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department and Arden Courts Memory Care Center.   The fire department will bring a fire engine and an ambulance to demonstrate and talk about the importance of fire safety and other local physicians and health care clinicians will join the event

Child health activities and tables will be available as well. Children will be able to get pediatric dental screenings, visit the Safe Kids USA table, attend a seminar on understanding adolescent peer pressures and enjoy face painting, story-telling and games at the Kids Corner seminar.

People will also be able to participate in line dancing and Zumba classes.

Blanding said he believes that this year people will leave the health fair with not only awareness to some of the more major diseases, but a sense of assurance in their personal health as well.

Activities, Tables and Screenings


  • 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.: Zumba classes with Dr. Oni Mapp
  • 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m.: Line dancing classes with Virginia Brown
  • 12:30 p.m.- How to Lose 2-3 Pounds per Week and Keep it Off with Dr. Diane Taber
  • 1:00 p.m.-Understanding Adolescent Peer Pressures with Dr. Deborah Gambles
  • 1:30 p.m.- Caring for the Aging- with Gloria Lawlah
  • 12:15-2:15 p.m.- Kids Corner with Candice Blair
  • 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.: Zumba classes with Dr. Oni Mapp
  • 12:00, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m.: Line dancing classes with Virginia Brown



  • American Red Cross Blood Drive
  • Ask the Doctor – Howard University Hospital
  • Ask the Pharmacist -- Howard University Hospital
  • Ask the Nutritionist – Howard University Hospital
  • Memory Screening – Howard University Hospital
  • Mental Health Services – Dr. Deborah Gambles & Associates
  • Massage Therapy – Lynn Gross
  • Physical Fitness- Sports Pro
  • Physical Fitness- My Body, My Way
  • Spine Care, Injury Rehabilitation – Physicial Therapist Clarise Labor, PT and Associates
  • Acupuncture – Patrice Childres
  • Hearing—Marc Worden, Miracle Ear Hearing Centers
  • Dental Screening – Dr. Edward Chappelle
  • Pediatric Dental Screening – Dr. Aitita Khan, Smile Rx Dental
  • Podiatry –Dr. Queen Mbanuzue, In Step Podiatry
  • Health Coach – Dr. Diane Tabor
  • Prostate Awareness – Warriors for His Care
  • End of Life Decisions – Pam Alston, Prince George’s County Register of Wills
  • Emergency Help – Prince George’s County Emergency Response Team – Calvin Hawkins
  • Weight Loss and Wellness- – Howard University Hospital Cholesterol and Glucose Screening – Howard University Hospital
  • Glaucoma Screening – Howard University Hospital
  • HIV screening – Howard University Hospital
  • Cancer screenings – Howard University Hospital
  • Heart Care – Howard University Hospital
  • Organ and Tissue Donation – Norman Brooks, NMOTEP
  • Fire Safety – Prince George’s County Fire Department


Information Tables

  • Sleep Information Table
  • Bariatric Information Table
  • Safe Kids USA
  • Sherriff’s Department, Vials of Life
  • American Cancer Association
  • Department of Aging
  • Sponsors Information
  • Arden Courts Memory Care Center

Cheylin Parker
Communications Officer
Health Sciences

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