Patrice Campbell gives back
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
EXCHANGE, St Ann:PATRICE CAMPBELL hails from Manchester, Jamaica, but now resides and works as a registered nurse in Florida, USA.
Like many Jamaicans who have migrated, she feels a sense of commitment to her beloved Jamaica and over the years, has thought about contributing in some way to the island.
When she joined Healthcare Professionals Just Giving Back (HPJGB), it meant she would finally have the opportunity to do so.
Recently, a doctor, five nurses and an emergency caregiver who are members of the group, joined with Northgate Youth and Family Development Foundation (NYFDF), Ministry of Health, Jamaica Cancer Society and other organisations to stage a health fair at Northgate Centre in Exchange, St Ann.
Campbell said she grabbed the opportunity to come back to Jamaica and was extremely happy to be able to give back to the country of her birth.
"It's good to be here," she told Rural Xpress.
Another HPJGB member, Jennifer Smith, said the group saw the need to assist and decided to come.
"Hopefully, every year we can keep coming back," Smith said. "It's great to be able to give back."
The fair catered to mainly people from Exchange, but was open to all. Pap smears, ECGs, blood sugar and blood pressure checks, HIV tests, prostate examinations, back-to-school medicals, and mammograms were among the many services offered.
One of the many Northgate volunteers, Theresa Gaynor, said the fair is part of efforts by the church-based organisation to cater to the wider needs of the family.
"One of the objectives of Northgate Parents Empowerment Place is to facilitate medical outreach programmes for the NYFDF and this health fair is one such endeavour," Gaynor said.
According to Gaynor: "We're trying to promote care for the entire family, so Scotiabank has come on board to set up a booth and Guardian Life as well, to give information on financial management."
HPJGB is a not-for-profit organisation made up of health-care providers willing to give back to communities in need and was founded by Rose-Ann Combs, who serves as president and chief executive officer. The organisation represents her vision of giving back to the community from which she came.