Springfield’s MOCHA event promotes resources for mental health and wellness

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — On Saturday night, the Men of Color Health Awareness or MOCHA group hosted a health and wellness information reception at the Cozy Court Pavilion in Springfield.

The event was truly important for the Springfield community to discuss how black and brown communities are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among others.

MOCHA’s mission is to empower men of color and their families in the Greater Springfield area with the tools to eliminate these health disparities. On Saturday, the community was able to continue a dialogue about regular health screenings, tests, and vaccines, as well as provide other COVID-19 resources.

22News spoke with MOCHA Project Director Lamont Scott about Saturday’s event. He told 22News, “We know, especially black and brown people, we want to make sure we know COVID is a ramp up. And, we want to continue to focus on bringing people up to speed, busting the myths that are out there, and continuing to educate people and do it in a way that people can understand and share it.

Bud Williams, a Massachusetts State Representative, discussed the significance of the event. “Meet people where they are, educate people about healthcare, because at the end of the day, we want people to be able to leave here with the message, ‘go see your doctor’.”

Scott stressed the importance of coming together and raising awareness to keep our communities
as safe and sound as possible, but above all informed.

Joseph K. Bennett