The Mogollon Health Alliance kicked off 2005 with a fund-raising dinner featuring Payson's version of Saturday Night Live. In September, its fourth annual Olde Tyme Auction netted nearly $8,000.
The annual Women's Wellness Forum in May and the annual Health Fair are co-sponsored by MHA
"(The Health Fair) is your yearly opportunity to visit with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals free of charge," said Judy Baker, director of Mogollon Health Alliance.
This year for the first time the Health Fair was combined with the Care Fair -- an event where service organizations inform the public about programs and recruit members.
Baker called it "the perfect meld of two programs coming together for the benefit of the public."
Primarily funded by events, grants and private donations, MHA also earns money from two stores: The Almost New Shop, a volunteer-staffed thrift store, and La Boutique Gift Shop inside Payson Regional Medical Center's lobby, run by the Pink Ladies auxiliary.
The MHAX III health program at the Payson Athletic Club is subsidized by MHA. The exercise program helps rehabilitate patients who have chronic illnesses or are suffering from a loss of function due to physical injuries or special conditions.
The nonprofit organization has provided health information for Rim Country residents for 53 years.
This year it helped Gila County Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Hudgens and Tonto Rim Search and Rescue raise $10,000 for Project Lifesaver Bracelets. The bracelets are used to track at-risk individuals who might wander off.
MHA provides scholarships to Payson High School Seniors who plan to enter a medical field, and also provides financial assistance for professionals who want to further their education to better serve the health care needs of Rim Country residents. For more information about MHA, its activities, special events and services, call (928) 472-2588.