St. Petersburg hosts free dental and medical services this weekend

PETERSBURG— This weekend, several health fairs and health screenings will take place in the city.

Petersburg has struggled to access health care and ranks among the least healthy in the state, including the highest rate of teenage pregnancy in the state and high rates of diabetes and HIV. Nationally, 40% of low-income adults have untreated cavities, and health officials are concerned about a new surge of COVID during the winter months.

After:What makes a city healthy? A study puts the “health” of Petersburg at the bottom of Virginia’s list.

Due to community health vulnerabilities, two health fairs will take place this weekend in Petersburg, which will include dental services, vaccinations and more for free. One will take place on Saturday and another on Sunday.

Saturday sessions and services

WHAT: Dental services, vaccinations, blood pressure, cancer risk and diabetes screenings, STI screenings and treatments, birth control prescriptions, and more for free. Hosted by UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Virginia, Missions of Mercy, Color Health, Community Transformers, and Central Virginia Health Services.

WHEN: Saturday, November 12 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Central Virginia Health Services, Petersburg Site, 321C Poplar Drive Petersburg, VA 23805.

Sunday Harvest Health Party

WHAT: A festival with screenings, vaccinations, wagon rides, music, speakers, games, petting zoo, and more.

WHEN: Sunday, November 13, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Petersburg Sports Complex, 100 Ballpark Rd, Petersburg, VA 23803.