The Christ Hospital Partnering with Freestore Foodbank, CincySmiles Foundation and Rothenberg Preparatory Academy on Second Annual OTR Community Health Fair

Vice Mayor Christopher Smitherman will be kicking off the Health fair this Saturday at 10 a.m., and will be joined by Hamilton County Commissioner, Chris Monzel, Hamilton County Health Commissioner, Melba Moore and City Council Member, Greg Landsman

The Christ Hospital Health Network is partnering with the Freestore Foodbank, CincySmiles Foundation, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy and several other organizations to organize the second Annual OTR Community Health Fair.

The OTR Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, 241 E. Clifton Ave. in Over the Rhine. A team of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses and others from The Christ Hospital will provide free essential medical services as well as education on smoking cessation, personal hygiene and healthy eating. Employees from all of the participating organizations will be volunteering their time and services. Participants will also receive free dental checks, foot examinations and vision checks.

The Community Health Fair will be a dynamic event that aims to offer a variety of services to the OTR community. “What makes this event unique is that it will be organized by people who live and work in the community, offering medical screening and education on a variety of topics such as high blood pressure and diabetes," said Santosh Menon, MD, a cardiologist specializing in heart failure who serves as the Medical Director of the Clinical Cardiology Service at The Christ Hospital.

Organizers hope as many as 500 families will attend to participate in the Heath Fair as well as take advantage of the Freestore Foodbank's annual winter Coat Drive which will be held on the same day. "Hunger is a health care issue and lack of access to nutritious food can lead to serious health problems. We welcome the opportunity to work with The Christ Hospital, Rothenberg Preparatory Academy, Cincy Smiles, Walgreens and other community partners to provide complete care and assistance to our neighbors,” said Trish Rayner, VP of External Affairs for the Freestore Foodbank. "By having all of it available in one spot, we will be able to serve more people over just a few hours."

Free Services offered at the Health Fair include:

• Flu shots from Walgreens

• Blood pressure, Blood sugar, Pulse, Body Mass Index (BMI), Height and Weight Screenings

• Diabetes and cholesterol education, including prevention

• Dental Screening by Cincy Smiles, Drs. Chopra and Wauligman

• YMCA Healthy Programs and Fitness Demo

• Smoking Cessation Education

• Electrocardiogram (EKG) and Echocardiogram (ECHO) testing

• Freestore Foodbank Fresh Mobile Pantry

• Snacks and water

About The Christ Hospital Health Network: The Christ Hospital Health Network is an acute care hospital located in Mt. Auburn with six ambulatory centers and dozens of offices conveniently located throughout the region. The Network is supported by more than 1200 talented physicians and 6000 dedicated employees. Their mission is to improve the health of the community and to create patient value by providing exceptional outcomes, the finest experiences all in an affordable way. They have been recognized by Forbes Magazine as the 29th best employer for women out of 300 in their Best Employers for Women listing, and the 24th best large employer in the nation in their America’s 500 Best Large Employers listing. They have been recognized by National Consumer Research as the region’s Most Preferred Hospital for 22 consecutive years. The Network is dedicated to transforming care by delivering integrated, personalized healthcare through its comprehensive, multi-specialty physician network. The Christ Hospital is among only six percent of hospitals in the nation to be awarded Magnet recognition for nursing excellence and among the top five percent of hospitals in the country for patient satisfaction. For more than 125 years, The Christ Hospital has provided compassionate care to those it serves.

About Freestore Foodbank: The Freestore Foodbank is the largest emergency food and services provider to children and families in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. The organization distributes 27 million meals annually to low-income individuals and families. The Freestore Foodbank supports 400 community partners in 20 counties throughout Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana, including food kitchens, homeless shelters, emergency food pantries, social service centers and program sites. By providing emergency food distribution, the Freestore Foodbank responds to the issue of poverty and food insecurity in our community and provides an array of services (emergency clothing, housing services, SNAP assistance, Medicaid outreach and others) aimed at creating self-reliance. The Freestore Foodbank is a member of Feeding America. Visit for more information.