Tuesday, August 16 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Science Museum Oklahoma with Lynn Health Science Institute and Oklahoma Public Health Association will host a free community health fair in conjunction with the screening of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions documentary “The Color of Care.” This event and screening of “The Color of Care” is possible through the support of the Smithsonian and Picture Motion. The museum’s exhibits will not be open for this event.
Beginning at 5:30 p.m. community health organizations including Oklahoma City County Health Department, INTEGRIS, the Caring Van, YMCA and others will be onsite to provide glucose, blood pressure, and eye screenings. The Oklahoma City Innovation District, St. Luke’s Community Market, TSET, and other community partners will be available to share fresh produce and health resources. Science Museum Oklahoma representatives will offer hands-on activities for the young and young at heart. Light refreshments will also be provided.
At 6:00 p.m. “The Color of Care” will be screened in the museum’s auditorium. The film chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what had been long endured and understood: people of color do not receive the same level of care.
Produced by Ms. Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. Using moving personal testimony, expert interviews, and disturbing data the film reveals the impact of racism on health, serving as an urgent warning of what must be done to save lives.
Following the screening, Science Museum Oklahoma is delighted to welcome Dr. Angela Hawkins, OBGYN and founder of the Oklahoma Black Physicians Alliance to help facilitate conversation with the audience.
Science Museum Oklahoma is a proud Smithsonian Affiliate and is grateful to the Smithsonian and Picture Motion for their sponsorship of the evening and to the community partners for their participation and shared commitment to community health.
For more information about Science Museum Oklahoma and the events mentioned, visit: https://www.smo.org
Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Daily general admission is $20.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $15.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $125.