By Kathy Chouteau
Urban Health Group Inc. (UHG), a virtual concierge for healthcare navigation and mental health support that empowers black, indigenous, people of color (B.I.P.O.C.) toward better wellness, is hosting its “Inaugural Wellness Run & Expo” on Saturday, March 5.
The event will kick off at 8 a.m. with a 5K walk/run/ride course starting at CoBiz Richmond at 1503 Macdonald Ave, Suite A, and will end with the exposition through 12 p.m. at the same facility. All ages are welcome; registration for runners is $50 per person.
UHG’s Run & Expo will include various activities “to facilitate healing on an individual and collective level” and to build community and mindsets surrounding “health, wellness, prosperity, solidarity and hope,” said organizers in a statement.
Organizers said the event aims to host 100 runners and raise $20,000, which will look to support an existing Richmond community organization and create a stipend program via UHG to increase access to high-quality healthcare navigation and/or mental health support.
The event also hopes to have 500 participants join its Plan Well for Care Course “in creating their personalized plans to manage medical emergencies in the next 12 months,” per UHG organizers.
UHG CEO and Founder Leticia Vaca said that sometimes health and wellness info/resources “live in silos,” making it difficult for people to access care and that the organization wants to create “a collective healing space that brings it all to the community.”
She underscored that “COVID is not going away, and it has devastated black and brown communities at an insurmountable level.” She said that UHG can “host a safe and responsible event” while concurrently providing “the necessary access to health and wellness services.”