February 16, 2024

Womankind Hosts First Health Fair on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Recognizing the intersection of gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and preventative care, Womankind hosted our first health fair for community members, including the survivors we serve. We are actively working towards implementing sexual and reproductive health and justice into our programming, so this was a great first step to introducing this framework to the community.

Gender-based violence impacts a survivor’s emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing. Womankind offers services and access to information that support a survivor’s healing journey at these intersections. Additionally, our communities have long histories of trauma which have and do lead to healthcare outcomes that impact us across generations.

With this health fair as a starting point for incorporating health and healthcare into our wellness framework, Womankind will:

  • continue on this path of learning and engaging in old and new ways of bringing healing into our everyday lives;
  • honor and uplift the work our communities have historically engaged in as healing practices across generations;
  • learn and explore how younger generations of community members are creating new hybrid models that blend traditional and modern healing practices;
  • undergo a journey of exploration and build on these practices, bringing in our unique lens around trauma and gender-based violence that is culturally rooted and deeply community bound. 

Alongside the sexual and reproductive health programming of this fair, we brought together different organizations to provide information and services to community members that may be underinsured or uninsured. We thank the following partners for enriching our event: APICHA Community Health Center, Chinese-American Planning Council, Cooley's Anemia Foundation, HealthFirst, NYC Commission on Human Rights, and Raising Health. We hope to continue these partnerships of providing holistic care to those who need our services, while working tirelessly to create a future where we Rise Above Violence and our communities can innovate towards collective well-being, restoration, and social justice.

We also extend our gratitude to all the community members who attended and the following for their invaluable contributions to making this event an incredible success:

Health Fair Programming

Red Canary Song: interactive workshop on combatting the stigma against HIV/STCs (sexually transmitted conditions)

Volunteers Cristy Cai; Christina Nguyen, PharmD; and Sara Oraee, MD: education around key issues such as menopause, cervical cancer, and contraception

Womankind Pathways to Healing Program: movement-based workshops including chair yoga, movement therapy, and a yoga pose scavenger hunt


Generous In-Kind Donations

Columbia University's Kappa Phi Lambda: care packages that included Band-Aids, gauze, pads, and tampons

Long Island Jewish Medical Center: generous donation of condoms

Mally Beauty: Mally X Rupaul Face Defender (Limited Edition)