SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KFTA) — Marshallese women have the second highest pre-term birth rate in the state, according to the March of Dimes.
To help improve maternal and child health in the Marshallese population, the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and the March of Dimes partnered together for a Women’s Health Expo Thursday.
With the local division of Johnson & Johnson, 30 booths were set up, providing health information and screenings, including BMI and blood pressure tests.
The expo also had a large cultural component with food and dance, which March of Dimes officials said was crucial in the partnership.
“Educating ourselves as providers is very important so that we honor their culture and we’re very respectful,” said Faith Sharp with the March of Dimes.
More than 300 people were at the Women’s Health Expo, including 70 Marshallese students from local high schools.
Elton Alik, the counsel general for the Marshallese, was also part of the event.