GSA Hosts Community Health Fair in Washington

Last Saturday, GSA’s National Capital Region hosted a free community health fair on St. Elizabeths campus in Washington, DC. Residents of  the Ward 8 community received free health information as well as on-site screening and testing by health care providers, all donated by local businesses. This event was crucial in serving the needs of a historically under served community.  

Regional Administrator Julia Hudson joins the Federal Protective Services and attendees of a free community health fair hosted by GSA
Regional Administrator Julia Hudson and Federal Protective Service officers welcomed attendees at a free community health fair hosted by GSA

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed her support of the event and retired NFL Redskins lineman Tyoka Jackson, a Ward 8 business owner and investor was on hand to welcome residents and highlight the importance of maintaining good health and well being. He was joined by United Medical Center, DC Fire and EMS, WMATA, Chartered Health Plan and many others, who offered invaluable services such as blood pressure screening, information on prostate and colon health, HIV testing and counseling, immunizations and information on physical exercise along with nutritional guidelines to help counter obesity.

I have always equated our agency as being the glue for the rest of the federal government and in doing so, we have the responsibility to also be a good neighbor as we leverage our real estate actions to support and foster community development goals. As GSA continues to build the future home of the consolidated Department of Homeland Security headquarters on the historic St. Elizabeths campus, we are committed to having a presence in Ward 8 even after the actual construction ends.

Throughout the National Capital Region, as with all of our regions, GSA is committed to active participation in the communities in which we own, lease, and construct government buildings. Saturday’s health fair is just one example of those efforts. So much so, that we plan to host a follow-up event in the fall.