Health Fair More Popular Than Ever

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There is not enough space for all the organizations that wanted booths in this year's Community Health and Care Fair, scheduled for Nov. 4.

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

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A wide range of medical services will be available during Rim Country's annual Community Health and Care Fair Nov. 4. Flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots will also be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Representatives from Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, Soroptimist International and New Beginnings Pregnancy Center are among the 33 organizations Rim Country residents will have an opportunity to learn more about.

"Most of these organizations have participated in the past and done an excellent job for us," Kaufman said.

The Payson Lions Club will be on hand collecting eyeglasses and is sponsoring vision and hearing checks.

The long lines that occurred for the flu shot last year should be shorter this year.

We are bringing two nurses to give injections and one assistant to help with paperwork instead of a single nurse, said Lynn Johnston of the Mollen Group.

Flu, pneumonia and tetanus shots will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Mollen accepts Medicare and a number of insurance plans. So, be sure to bring your card.

Otherwise, the cost of shots are $25 for flu, $40 for pneumonia and $35 for tetanus.

There should be adequate serum for flu shots.

"If there is trouble with the supply, we will let the public know," Baker said.

Comprehensive metabolic panels (CMP) are being, sponsored by Payson Regional Medical Center.

The blood tests the status of kidneys, liver, and electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as blood sugar and blood protein levels.

The CMP test is $10 for women and $15 for men (includes a prostate specific antigen test.)

No food or liquid other than water should be consumed in the 12 hours preceding the panel.

Last year, an estimated 600 people attended and donated nonperishable food items for the local food bank at the door.

"The fair is definitely growing," said volunteer Cliff Potts. "I think the first year of the Care Fair, when it was in the LDS church, we had a similar response.

It is great to be able to be centrally located at the high school and have all the medical providers there."

The fair is sponsored by Gracie Haught Children's Memorial Fund, Arizona Diamondbacks, Mogollon Health Alliance, PRMC, ERA Young Realty and Eastern Arizona Health Education Centers.

"We couldn't put this fair together without the assistance of all our volunteers and sponsors," Baker said.

Health fair participants:
Alcoholics Anonymous
American Red Cross
AZPAC AZ Partnership
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Community Emergency Response
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Concerned Women of America
Donna Steckal, Ph.D.
Payson Parks & Recreation
Helpers of Payson Elks
New Beginnings
N. Gila County Historical Society
Overeaters Anonymous
Payson Area Habitat for Humanity
Payson Athletic Club
Payson Community Kids
Meals on Wheels and Payson Senior Center
Mogollon Health Alliance
Payson Women's Club
Rim Country Cancer Support
Rim Country Care Givers Support Group
Rim Country Optimist
Salvation Army
Soroptimist International Zane Grey
Southwest Behavioral / Rim Guidance
Time Out, Inc.
Veterans Helping Veterans
Betty Pontious, RN
Tammy DeWees, RN
Michael Keith
Gila County Health Dept.
Liz Summers, DC
Steven Booth, DDS
Lifeline (bone density)
RTA Hospice
Dr. Cynthia Booth
Miracle Ear (ear check)
Lions/Lioness Club
Payson Fire and Police depts.
Mollen Group
PRMC

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