April 30 2019

Burlington Health Fair to Feature Speakers on Dementia, Substance Abuse, and Domestic Abuse


Burlington’s Annual Health Fair will feature something new this year.


As reported on BNEWS, the Burlington Board of Health will be hosting the Burlington Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burlington High School Gymnasiums.


A new component has been added to this year’s Health Fair – a Speaker Series. Three speakers will be conducting informational presentations on their areas of expertise.  


Starting at 10:15 am, Emily Kearns will be speaking on “Dementia and Reiki.”  


“Emily is a strategy consultant, planner, policy analyst, and sociologist with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of organizational settings,” a notice from the Board of Health says. “Emily facilitates memory making cafes and dementia supportive fitness programs.”


Sponsored by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, she produced a multi-media installation, Dementia's Way: a Meditation on Presence, providing a community dialogue on memory-loss, caregiving, and dementia. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University's Global Executive MBA Program and a doctorate in sociology from Boston College.


At 11 am, Margie Taylor, the PAARI/Americorps Program Coordinator and Recovery Coach for the Burlington, Wilmington, and Woburn Police Departments, will discuss “Substance Use Disorder & the Paths to Treatment”.  


“Margie provides support to local law enforcement by assisting individuals struggling with substance use disorders as well as their families by making referrals to treatment, removing barriers to recovery support services, and providing hope, optimism, and encouragement through their recovery journey,” the Board of Health explains.


Lastly, at 11:45 am, Lauren Montanaro, Community Engagement Specialist for REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, will give a talk titled “What to Do? What to Say” that will discuss domestic violence prevention.  


“Ms. Montanaro specializes in leading trainings on domestic violence prevention and has been an advocate for domestic violence survivors,” the Board of Health says. “She is an Americorps alum, has a degree in Law and Society from American University, and is Co-Chair of the LGBTQIA Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition. REACH Beyond Domestic Violence provides prevention and intervention services to 27 cities and towns in the MetroWest area.”


Speaker presentations will take place in the wooden gym and health fair exhibitors will be in the rubber gym.


The health fair will include approximately 50 exhibitors covering a wide range of health and wellness services for people of all ages. There will be educational information, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, health screenings, and other wellness services. No registration is required to attend speaker presentations.  All services are provided free. In addition, all guests will receive chances to win more than 25 different free raffle items including gift baskets, gift cards, Boston Red Sox tickets, one month of free Pilates classes, a one month karate membership and many more.


The Health Fair is sponsored by Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and will provide an opportunity for residents to discover the health and wellness services available in their community.


For more information about the Health Fair, please call the Board of Health at 781-270-1955.  



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