Black Expo 2011

An attendee checks out information on Make a Noise! Make a Difference!

Healthy Start Coalition AmeriCorps member LaRonda Hannans reports on her experience  at the Annual Black Expo:

Florida KidCare outreach worker Melissa Rivera poses with News 4 Jax reporters Rob Sweeting (left) and John Gaughan.
LaRonda Hannans with News 4 Jax reporter Mary Baer (left)

On October 7-8, 2011, The 9th Annual Black Expo was held at the Prime Osborne Center in Jacksonville. The Annual Black Expo is a place for businesses and organizations to showcase their products or services within the African American community.

As a first-timer to the Black Expo, I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised! I enjoyed meeting and talking with people both young and old about the Make a Noise! Make a Difference! program. Many were not aware of the infant mortality issue in their community. I was able to give them information as well as information on other Healthy Start programs. Furthermore, I was able to network and connect with many of the vendors and community leaders. I know many great partnerships will develop from this event.

For more information about the Black Expo, visit their Web site.