Health Care Community Reaches Out With Service

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Residents in Payson have an opportunity to have a series of critical health tests completed in less than an hour. Most of the screenings are free and require no pre-registration.

The screenings are the foundation of the 5th Annual Community Health Fair, from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 1 at the old gym at Payson High School.

"Doctors, physician assistants, nurses and technicians are all volunteering their time," said Judy Baker of the Mogollon Health Alliance, one of the members of the committee organizing the health fair.

The free screenings planned for this year's health fair are for blood pressure, breast exam, dental, dermatology, diabetes, hearing, lower extremity circulation, nutrition, oral cancer, oxygen saturation, podiatry, skin cancer, and vision.

There will also be free children's screenings including a dental exam and brushing technique, fingerprinting, immunization information, nutrition information, physical exam, including heart and lungs, along with vision and hearing tests.

Additional services available for a fee are:

  • On a first come, first served basis, flu shots ($20), given between 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at a mobile van at the north entrance of the old gym, and pneumonia shots ($25). Medicare and most insurance will be accepted for the shots.
  • Blood tests (CMP+, Glucose, Cholesterol and, for men only, PSA), based on a 12-hour fast -- only water and medication allowed -- women, $10; men $15;
  • Lifeline screen (appointments are required -- call 800 478-1724) for carotid vascular and thyroid scan, abdominal aortic aneurysm and gall bladder scan, peripheral arterial disease test. All tests are $49.

Participants can bring their medications and visit with a pharmacist about drug interactions. Expired medications can be brought in for disposal.

While there is no pre-registration requirement for most of the screenings, it is necessary for people to register at the door.

There is no admission, but participants are encouraged to bring their old eye glasses and hearing aids to donate. Contributions of non-perishable food items will also be accepted for the food bank.

"With our physicians, nurses and other health care providers participating, the school contributing the facilities, this is truly a community-wide program," Baker said.

For more information, call the Mogollon Health Alliance at (928) 472-2588.

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