Mercy Health Sponsors 28th Annual Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival and Hosts Health and Wellness Pavilion; Event Takes Place Saturday, June 20

(CINCINNATI; June 5, 2015) – Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, invites the community to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of slavery at the 28th Annual Cincinnati Juneteenth Festival.

The popular festival, which hopes to attract as many as 5,000 attendees this year, takes place from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, at Daniel Drake Park, 5800 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, OH 45213. Admission is free.

Unfortunately, February’s bad weather led to the cancellation of a health fair Mercy Health had planned to mark Black History Month. By serving as the lead sponsor of the Juneteenth Festival and hosting the festival’s Health and Wellness Pavilion, Mercy Health is bringing a similar program to the Juneteeth celebration.

Mercy Health’s mission is to improve the health of our community and visitors to the Pavilion, which is open from noon-5 p.m., can take advantage of the following opportunities, all provided by Mercy Health experts:
• Screening mammograms
• Blood pressure screening
• Diabetes screening
• Ask a Doc – Mercy Health Physicians will be available to answer your questions one-on-one

At 4 p.m. on the second stage, Cincinnati’s top African-American health leaders will take part in a panel discussion, detailing the obstacles and successes they’ve encountered on their professional journeys and sharing their hopes for the future.

Panel speakers include:
• Karen Bankston, PhD, University of Cincinnati Professor of Nursing and former hospital administrator
• Ramona Cheek, RN, Vice President of Nursing and Site Administrator of Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital
• Noble Maseru, PhD, City of Cincinnati Health Commissioner
• Joya Sykes, DO, Mercy Health - Mack Road Family Medicine
• Reginald Wagner, Practice Manager, Mercy Health – Forest Park Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Larry James, Mercy Health Vice President, Multicultural Competence & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, will moderate the panel.

Mercy Health is also giving away two bicycles and five Fit Bits. Visitors can enter a free drawing for the healthy gear at the Pavilion.

Juneteenth is a nationwide celebration of the end of legal slavery in the United States. It marks the end of the civil war, the first Juneteenth/Freedom celebration, held in Galveston, Texas, and the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery. All of these events took place 150 years ago in 1865.

Cincinnati's annual Juneteenth Festival began in 1988. It's a family-based event featuring a wide variety of entertainment, health and wellness screenings, historical and cultural attractions, organized children's activities and great food.