Health Fair Offers Exams, Immunizations

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It's a full house this year at the annual Community Health and Care Fair.

This is a once-a-year opportunity for residents short on cash and time to seek health screening for the whole family.

"We have had a tremendous response this year," said Judy Baker, director of the Mogollon Health Alliance and one of the fair's volunteers.

Even organizations not directly health-related benefit from the exposure. The opportunity to tap into local resources such as Habitat for Humanity, the Senior Circle, Kiwanis and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, become available with more awareness.

Since the fair began in 1999, attendance has increased from 450 to 600 visitors.

"We have a great variety of booths covering anything and everything," said Patty Kaufman, volunteer coordinator of RTA Hospice.

Children, especially those from low-income families, often don't receive proper medical attention, but during the fair, children receive free screenings and exams. Parents can take advantage of dental exams, fingerprinting, immunization and nutritional information, physicals -- including heart and lung checkups -- and vision and hearing tests.

Preventive shots -- flu, $20; tetanus, $35; and pneumonia, $40 -- are available on a first-come, first-served basis for the whole family. Medicare and most insurance are accepted.

For a small fee -- $10 for women and $15 for men -- comprehensive metabolic panels (CMP) will be offered, sponsored by the Payson Regional Medical Center. The CMP runs a comprehensive blood test that checks the health of kidneys, liver, electrolyte and acid/base balance, blood sugar and blood protein levels.

Bring current medications. A pharmacist will be on hand to check drug interactions and dispose of expired medication.

Visitors can help by donating nonperishable food, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

The fair will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 4, in the Payson High School old gym (use parking lot off Longhorn Road).

For more information, call (928) 472-2588.

Fair participants include:

Alcoholics Anonymous

American Red Cross

AZPAC AZ Partnership

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Community Emergency Response

Donna Steckal, Ph.D.

Payson Parks & Recreation

New Beginnings

Overeaters Anonymous

Habitat for Humanity

Payson Athletic Club

Payson Community Kids

Meals on Wheels

Mogollon Health Alliance

Payson Womans Club

Rim Country Cancer Support

Care Givers Support Group

Rim Country Optimist

Soroptimist Club

Time Out, Inc.

Veterans Helping Veterans

Betty Pontious, RN

Tammy DeWees, RN

Michael Keith

Liz Summers, DC

Steven Booth, DDS

Lifeline (bone density)

RTA Hospice

Cynthia Booth, M.D.

Miracle Ear (ear check)

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