YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The National African American Male Wellness Walk was held at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, focused on closing the gap of racial disparity in health care.

The event was established in 2004 to raise awareness of medical disparities among Black men. Each year, the organization hosts walks at 16 cities across the country, one being in Youngstown.

Since 2004, the agency has provided thousands of health screenings each year.

At Youngstown’s event, there were local resources that provided information health care. This year’s honorary chair was former Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams. He spoke with WKBN earlier this week about his return to the Valley.

The local director said events like this are important in the Mahoning Valley.

“It was education of knowing your numbers and free health screenings so that way, you understand holistically, inside and out, how urgent it is to knowing your numbers and be healthy for your family and your future,” said John-Michael Oliver, executive director of the Youngstown African American Wellness Project.

Oliver says the mission doesn’t stop. The Youngstown AAMWP provides resources to men and fathers from its office on Market street.