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Tallahassee Urban League Hosts Voting and Health Fair

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A community event brought health care screenings, a campaign rally, food giveaways and more to residents of south Tallahassee.

On Saturday, students and families from our community turned out for health and wellness services and a campaign rally as part of a Health Fair event hosted by the Urban League of Tallahassee along with other contributors.

“We try to get people to understand the importance of voting. We have to vote in every election,” said Curtis Taylor of the Tallahassee Urban League.

Taylor recognized the importance of getting people to the polls. This is one of the reasons they hold voter engagement events in communities on the Southside of Tallahassee.

According to supervisors at the Leon County Elections Office, only 28.5 percent of black voters in Leon County participated in the August primary elections.

This is another reason community partners have teamed up with Urban League in hopes of increasing turnout.

Sharlene Jones attended Saturday’s voter rally.

She said she believed it was important to involve young voters.

“They’re the next generation that’s going to take over the voting process, so we want to make sure they’re aware, they have the tools, they know where to vote, how to vote, and they’re encouraging their friends. to do the same,” Jones said.

The event also offered free healthcare screenings, dental hygiene information, crime prevention tips and more.

Taylor thinks it’s crucial to have all of these resources at one event.

“Crime prevention is important to our community. Voting is important to our community. Health care is important to our community and of course it’s always important to give back to our youth who are going to be our leaders,” said Taylor said.

Jones is happy to see health care screenings and learn more about affordable health care options.

She says having everything in one place for the community to access is the most beneficial.

“A lot of times people can’t get in touch with them, so the next thing is to come to people and provide them with the resources and the awareness and the tools they need to move forward and know that they’re an essential part of it. part of the community,” Jones said.