Community Health And Care Fair Set

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The Care Fair and the Community Health Fair are combining their events into one this year, from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the old Payson High School gym.

"This is the perfect meld of two programs coming together for the benefit of the public," said Judy Baker, executive director for Mogollon Health Alliance.

If you have ever wondered which Rim Country civic organizations you might like to join, approximately 30 will have booths. They will have members on-site to inform the public about what they offer, solicit support and recruit volunteers.

Medical professionals will be on hand to perform tests like blood pressure, teach how to do monthly breast exams and talk about nutrition.

The Health Fair started seven years ago and was held every other year said planning committee member Cliff Potts. The first Care Fair was in 2001. It was planned as an event for every other year, but in 2003 some people confused it with the Health Fair.

The event is free, but attendees can help by donating old eye glasses and/or bringing a nonperishable food item for the local food bank.

Potts believes the combined event will have a much broader appeal to people in the community.

"We sure want every nonprofit service organization who wants to participate to do so, but we only have a certain amount of room," Potts said.

Organizations may contact Cliff Potts at (928) 978-2960.

This year the event is sponsored by the Mogollon Health Alliance, a Phoenix Suns grant, Arizona Respiratory, Eastern Arizona Health Education Centers, ERA Young Realty community fund, Payson Regional Medical Center, Prudential Arrowhead Realty, RTA Hospice and Palliative Care.

"The experience was a real blessing to me in a number of ways and I appreciate the various sponsors for such a fine contribution to the community," wrote attendee Gene Sampson, of last year's event.

November's health and care fair will provide education and health screenings either free of charge or at a minimal charge. To find out more, call MHA at (928) 472-2588.

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