Fair A Shot In The Arm For Local Health Care


Mogollon Health Alliance Executive Director Bob Ware had nothing but good things to say about Payson's first Lions Health Fair Saturday at the Rim Country Middle School.

"I have a feeling we created a winner right out of the blocks," Ware said Monday.

More than 450 people attended the fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., visiting 33 booths, 17 of which were nonprofit booths sponsored by local volunteer organizations.

The health fair was organized by the Payson Lions Club and sponsored by Payson Regional Medical Center and the Mogollon Health Alliance.

Ware called the response "terrific" and explained why the event was important for the community.

Ware said the Mogollon Health Alliance conducted a survey that showed that 23 to 25 percent of the local population has no primary basic health care.

The health fair provided flu shots for $5, blood pressure checks and blood panel checks, comprehensive metabolic profiles, cholesterol checks for men and women and prostate cancer tests for men. The men's tests cost $14 and the women's tests were $10.

Some of the services were low-cost and some were free.

"Having all that was such a good deal," Ware said. "It'd be great to have everything free. But if someone has picked up information on a cancerous lesion, it may have saved their life."

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