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Written by: Angela Hursh, Content Team Leader, Main Library

Emma Willig and Krystine Salyers both work at the Main Library. A few months ago, they noticed that the female-identifying cardholders they interacted with had trouble finding basic health services in Hamilton County. Many don’t know how to find a good doctor they can trust. They may have no way to get the doctor’s office or no money to pay for visits. They also face language barriers. 

March is International Women’s Month, so Willig and Salyers decided to move forward with plans to bring together a holistic community of presenters in one place. They’ve put together a Women’s Health Resource Fair at the Main Library on Saturday, March 16, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The goal is to give women in Hamilton County all the tools they need to make themselves and their families healthier and happier.

“The idea for this event came from the notion that women have very unique and special experiences,” says Willig. “Women are often the best resources for one another, and feeling alone in any experience is difficult.” 

The Women’s Health Resource Fair will include nearly a dozen partner organizations like Women Helping Women and Hyde Park La Leche League. St. Elizabeth Edgewood will conduct mammography screenings; walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is preferred. To pre-register, call 859-655-7400. The hospital has funding for the uninsured, so all are welcome. 

The Women’s Health Resource Fair will also include yoga classes, mental health professionals, and an AIDS/HIV testing van. PNC Bank will be there to talk to women about money, budgeting, and investments. A geneticist will help women determine their risk of developing breast cancer. And Planned Parenthood will be on hand with sessions on reproductive health, and birth control. “We wanted to have this event to empower women to take control of their own health,” says Salyers. 

Time Presentation Location
10:30-11:00 Breastfeeding Support & Information by the La Leche League Room 3A
10:30-11:00 You Can Yoga! Tower Room
11:00-11:30 Feminist Storytime Room 3B
12:30-1:30 Anatomy & Birth Control with Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Ohio Room 3A
1:30-2:30 p.m. Feminist Storytime Room 3B

Caracole Cincinnati will be providing free HIV/AIDS testing, walk-ins welcome.

Anna Kessler, Health Educator for Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio Region, says “When women can access health care, we are not only improving and empowering the individual lives of women in our community, but also the lives within our community as a whole…We as a community will empower each other to take charge of one’s sexual and reproductive health.” “Our goal for this event is for women to take a new approach to understanding their personal wellness,” says Willig. “Wellness ranges from understanding our finances on a new level, to taking a yoga class to clear our minds. Either way, nurturing all small daily practices to be the best versions of ourselves.” 

Check out some other ongoing health-related events at Library locations, like free yoga classes! 

The Women’s Health Resource Fair at the Main Library, 800 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati, is a free event. You don’t have to register. There will be plenty of family-friendly activities for children. The Main Library is a stop on the Cincinnati Streetcar and Cincinnati Metro bus routes. For more information, check out the event on Facebook.