PRCC Hosts 13th Annual Women’s Health Symposium

Submitted by akennedy on January 30, 2019 – 3:25pm

POPLARVILLE – Over 400 women gathered at Pearl River Community College on Saturday for the 13th Annual Women’s Health Symposium to learn information about their own health and preventative measures they can be taking. 

Attendees took advantage of over 15 health representatives including several health screenings for glucose, bone density, blood pressure, and oral cancer.  They were also treated to a panel of physicians that covered topics such as diabetes, fibromyalgia, hospice care, and preventative foot care. Among the list of services they could take advantage of was the option to have hand wax dips and manicures performed by PRCC’s own cosmetology students.

“Women are very giving, and this is an opportunity for them to focus on themselves,” said Jana Causey, Vice President of Forrest County Operations for PRCC.

Jessie Benson, Miss PRCC pageant winner, had the chance to ask the physicians questions during their panel that she both thought would be beneficial to the crowd and would help her further her understanding of her current platform of women’s health when she represents PRCC in the Miss Mississippi pageant in June.

Over 300 door prizes were given away at the event. These gifts were provided by various community businesses.

(Sheila Blackmon, Candace Entrekin, Shirlene Flowers, Jeanne Slade Allen, Jessica Bazor, Lou Stasny, Deedra Gardebled, Remel Kent, and Valdericka Raine pose with their Grand Prizes)

This event was possible because of many sponsors including Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, Grand Sponsor; and Hancock Bank, Highland Community hospital, Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home, Valley Services, Inc., and Walmart Supercenter of Picayune, Silver Sponsors.

(Clyde Deese, President of Pearl River Valley which was a Grand Sponsor, attends PRCC’s WHS.)

(April Collumn, left, Dr. Askew Scholarship Coach purse winner, poses with Dr. Jennifer Seal and Dr. Becky Askew from which the scholarship gets its name)

The event also included a luncheon, two main guest speakers, and an art walk largely made up of local small businesses.

Photos by: Aleea Burge, PRCC Marketing Specialist/ Article by: Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communications Specialist

Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.