More Than 300 People Expected to Attend Health Fair and Gospelrama at Historic North Philadelphia Church

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Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Largest Medicaid Health Plan in Pennsylvania and Member of AmeriHealth Family of Companies, teams with the Ducky Birts Foundation to Host its First Health Fair and ‘Gospelrama’ at Zion Baptist Church

More than 300 Keystone Mercy Health Plan members, Zion Baptist Church parishioners and members of the neighboring community are expected to attend the first-ever Health Fair and ‘Gospelrama,’ which will be held at the 129-year-old North Philadelphia church, on Broad and Venango Streets, from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on April 17, 2011.

The Health Fair, which is sponsored by the Ducky Birts Foundation and Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medical Assistance managed care organization in Pennsylvania, will feature health screenings and tests for diabetes, blood pressure, glucose levels and HIV, along with educational sessions on nutrition, fitness and healthy activities for children. Eligible Keystone Mercy Health Plan members will receive their annual mammogram screening at the fair. These members will receive a ShopRite gift card at the conclusion of their mammography screening.

The ‘Gospelrama,’ scheduled to take place from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, will feature Intermezzo Choir Ministry; Main line Interdenominational Choir; Sweet Fellowship Ensemble; MLK, Jr. Mass Choir; Sam Samuel Singers; Sounds of Joy; Victory Choral Ensemble; Berean, Zion and Nazarene Baptist Church Choirs; and Soloist Victoria Vines.

The Ducky Birts Foundation was founded in 2006, with a mission of awarding scholarships to Philadelphia-area students who attend Cheyney or Lincoln University, as well as educating the youth on the importance of understanding economic development and local government operations.

Zion Baptist church was founded in 1882 by Reverend Horace B. Wayland, on 13th and Poplar Streets, in North Philadelphia. Legendary Philadelphian Reverend Leon H. Sullivan joined the church in 1950. In 1955, he spearheaded the church’s move to its current location, on Broad and Venango. In 1970, the church burned down and reconstruction was completed in 1973.Currently, Reverend Gus Roman is the interim pastor.


  •     Ducky Birts, Founder, Ducky Birts Foundation
  •     Jayne Brown, MD, Clinical Chief Officer, Quality Community Health Care, Inc.
  •     Karen James, Ed. D, CNHP, Holistically Yours, Glenn Ellis, President, Strategies for Well-Being
  •     Mazzoni Center, HIV Testing and STD Screenings
  •     Intermezzo Choir Ministry
  •     Main Line Interdenominational Choir
  •     Sweet Fellowship Ensemble
  •     MLK, Jr. Mass Choir
  •     Sam Samuel Singers
  •     Sounds of Joy
  •     Victory Choral Ensemble
  •     Berean Baptist Church Choir
  •     Zion Baptist Church Choir
  •     Nazarene Baptist Church Choir
  •     Victoria Vines, soloist

Sunday, April 17, 2011
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm - Health Fair
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Gospelrama

Zion Baptist Church
3600 N. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19140


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