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Each year for the past 3 years, the JHealth_and_Wellness_Expo_webackson Medical Mall Foundation has hosted its Annual Health and Wellness Expo, “Healthy People Building Healthy Communities”, The event takes place in January, so that the Foundation  can encourage the community to development and maintain a healthier lifestyle throughout the year.  The expo features complimentary screenings such as, cholesterol, blood pressure, glucose, Body Mass Index (BMI), and other activities and information for participants.  Please call (601) 982-8467 for more information.

Each year the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation and its Community Advisory Board hosts the National Night Out Celebration in the west parking lot of the Jackson Medical Mall. The event’s theme is “a going away party for crime,” with food, fun, games and activities for all.

National Night Out was designed to strengthen communities by encouraging neighborhoods to engage in stronger relationships with each other and with their local law enforcement partners. The goal is to heighten crime prevention awareness, build support and participation in local anti-crime programs, and most importantly, send a message that our neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation hosted its Annual Richard F. Polk Christmas Parade onThursday, December 1, 2016, in conjunction with a special World AIDS Day Observance.  With the theme of The Polar Express, parade goers had the opportunity to embark on a magical adventure to the North Pole.

A World AIDS Day Observance was also held on Center Stage of the Jackson Medical Mall.   The observance included a special presentation, and the writing and reading of names of persons who have lost their battle in fighting HIV, persons who are living with HIV, and persons who have devoted time and efforts in “Getting to Zero” on the Remembrance Board.  The Remembrance Board and World AIDS Day banner was displayed in the parade.

Various motorcycle clubs, dance teams, local businesses, vendors, churches, and other community organizations participated in the parade.  Special music and refreshments were provided to kick off the holiday season.

unknown-10Each year, the Jackson Medical Mall Foundation hosts its signature event, the Annual Community Reinvestment Awards (CRA) during the first week of November.   This is an evening honoring those who further the mission of CRA, “Sowing the seed for a Brighter Future”.

In 2016, the Foundation celebrated its 20th Anniversary in conjunction with the Community Reinvestment Awards.   The event’s theme, “Celebrating 20 Year of Excellence,” was hosted by Comedian Rickey Smiley, with performances by comedienne Rita B., and seven-time Grammy nominee, Joe Thomas.

The evening honored a host of award recipients which included:

  • The Dr. Aaron Shirley Scholarship Scholars,
    • Sylvionna Horton
    • Mary Sampson
    • Joy Gordon
    • Montrease McLaurin
  • Outstanding For Profit: Sai Shyam Inc. (Subway)
  • Outstanding Non Profit: Mississippi Paralysis Association
  • The Perry W. Robinson, Sr. Community Leader Award Recipient: Supervisor, Peggy L. Calhoun
  • The Keith Tonkel Community Leader Award, Ms. Dorothy Pace; and
  • A host of top sponsors who made the event possible

Clean upThe Jackson Medical Mall Foundation sponsors a bi-annual Neighborhood Cleanup Day. This event is one of the Foundation’s many efforts in making a difference in the Jackson Medical Mall District. Neighborhood residents, community volunteers, and Jackson Medical Mall employees assist in the cleanup. Volunteers spend time picking up paper, fallen limbs, removing old tires and other debris to help beautify the neighborhood.

More than 500 children were provided with back to school essentials during the Jackson Medical Mall’s first JumpStart: The Back to School Jam.  JumpStart was the city of Jackson’s earliest Back to School event and took place on July 16th.  The mission for JumpStart was to provide children with the essentials that they need to have a jumpstart into the new school year with the necessities like health screening, immunizations and school supplies, all while celebrating the arts.

 

The state of Mississippi requires children to receive immunizations prior to starting school. The Jackson Medical Mall, in partnership with the Hinds County Health Department, provided immunizations for school-age children during JumpStart.

In addition to the health and recreational services that were provided, JumpStart afforded youth a platform to exhibit their talent and artistic abilities in a visual art contest and a performing arts talent showcase.  High kicks, high notes and high energy defined the event’s grand finale, the talent show hosted by actor and singer Jacob Latimore.  Winners received cash prizes and backpacks filled with school supplies.  
A special thanks goes to the judges, volunteers and sponsors who contributed to the success of this event.  

 

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