POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Hundreds of women visited the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College Saturday for an annual health event just for them. The 8th Women's Health Symposium featured health screenings, an art walk, a panel discussion with local physicians and a luncheon.
It was a great opportunity for women to learn more about health-related issues and products and meet face-to-face with healthcare providers.
"We educate about health issues and their concerns, and as a result of that, women go out and take better care of themselves," said Jana Causey, assistant vice-president for the Forrest County Campus of Pearl River Community College. "We have a great lunch, we have great speakers, and just a whole lot to offer at this event," she said.
"This is one of the most important conferences that women need to come to," said Karen Speed, one of the estimated 500 people who attended the event. "Women's health is very important and you do learn a lot about women's health," she said.
"Healthcare is changing so much and they do have different information here as far as dermatology, different women's health issues and mental health as well, so I think it's a good thing to have all of that here," said Jemekia Davis, of the Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative.
Motivational speaker and author Jean Gatz spoke during the luncheon.