Personality: Regina N. Hall
Spotlight on co-chair of Central Virginia Chapter of the Sisters Network Community Health Fair
8/26/2016, 7:29 a.m.
For 10 years, Regina N. Hall and the Central Virginia Chapter of the Sisters Network have been going into the community to educate women about breast health.
This year, the chapter is hoping the community will come to them.
Ms. Hall, president of the nonprofit health organization, is co-chair of the Sisters Network Gift for Life Block Walk Community Health Fair, where families can receive potentially life-saving health information.
More than 15 health vendors are expected at the fair, where women and men can get vital health screenings, including mammograms and vision, dental and blood pressure checks.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Bill Robinson Park, 721 N. 35th St. in the East End. The screenings are free, Ms. Hall says. Pre-registration is required for the digital mobile mammography screenings to be conducted by the Breast Imaging Division of the University of Virginia Health System’s Department of Radiology.
The mammograms will be billed to insurance for those who have health coverage, Ms. Hall says. For those without health insurance or a primary care physician, the Sisters Network can help with the cost.
“There’s a great need to ‘stop the silence about breast cancer,” Ms. Hall says, “particularly in underserved communities where medical support and knowledge often is very limited or non-existent.
“African-Americans have the highest mortality rate when compared to women of other races and ethnicities. Sisters Network of Central Virginia can make a difference in increasing life expectancy through education and linking those afflicted with breast cancer to available resources.”
Ms. Hall is a 13-year breast cancer survivor.
“Sharing my story not only enables those I come into contact with to see what survival looks like, it provides those newly diagnosed an opportunity for dialogue with someone who has experienced what they are currently facing,” she says.
Sisters Network is the first national African-American breast cancer survivorship organization. The Central Virginia Chapter provides resources and support in Richmond and surrounding areas through community outreach, health fairs and forums, and national initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Awareness and the Gift for Life Block Walk.
Through her work with Sisters Network, including the chapter’s first Community Health Fair, Ms. Hall wants to offer to others the support she received during her journey.
“I was blessed to be supported by family, friends and the medical community during my ordeal and am committed to ‘pay forward’ this level of support to others,” she says.
Meet this week’s breast health advocate and Personality, Regina N. Hall:
Occupation: Benefit programs supervisor, Richmond Department of Social Services.
Date and place of birth: Oct. 1 in Mecklenburg County, Va.
Current home: Chesterfield County.
Alma mater: B.S. cum laude in special education, Virginia Union University.
Family: Husband, Michael D. Hall; son, Michael D. Hall II, M.D.; daughters, Crystal Monée Hall and Tia Nicole Hall; daughter-in-law, Ashley T. Hall; and three grandsons.
Other volunteer work: I am actively involved in ministries at New Deliverance Evangelistic Church, including various choirs and praise teams, Marriage Ministry facilitator, Women’s Ministry and Sunday School. I am also an active and proud supporter of my son and grandsons who coach and play soccer in the Richmond Kickers organization.