Through the volunteer efforts of the medical community in Payson, residents 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 also will 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.
Information will be presented on: advance directives, community resources, emergency medical services, holistic healing, hospice and palliative care, massage therapy, the Senior Circle's medical closet, organ donation, PATH, Vial of Life, plus many other medical services and service provider information.
The 5th Annual Community Health Fair is presented by the Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Arizona Respiratory and RTA Hospice & Palliative Care. An Arizona Diamondbacks Children's Health Fair Grant is funding part of the project, including free helmets for young children and infant car seats.
Assisting with the health fair is the Payson Habitat for Humanity.
PRMC volunteers will be doing the blood draws, lab work, blood pressure and bone density tests.
Arizona Respiratory is providing the oxygen saturation screenings.
Hospice nurses will do the heart and lung checks for both adults and children.
PAHH volunteers will handle registration and other clerical duties. 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.
Refreshments will be provided by the Mogollon Health Alliance Auxiliary, and music will be contributed by DJ Craig Miller. Arizona Public Service is sending clowns to the fair for entertainment.
Committee members organizing the 2003 event are Baker, Judy Berger, Vicki Dietz, Patty Kaufman, Dee Pederson and Georgia Salwitz.
Baker said the health fair was started by the Lions. She said George Spears had seen a similar event in a small community and convinced the club there was a real need for it here.
"With our physicians, nurses and other health-care providers participating, and the school contributing the facilities, this is truly a community-wide program," Baker said.
For more information, call the Mogollon Health Alliance at 472-2588.