Community Health And Care Fair Is Saturday

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Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus and the Mogollon Health Alliance are holding the annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 6 in the “old” gym at Payson High School.

Residents who generally do not receive regular health checkups are encouraged to attend this free health event.

Health vendors will provide blood draws and testing, skin-cancer screenings, dental checks, blood pressure checks, basic breast exams, hearing tests, peripheral vascular disease screenings and more.

At the event, children’s screenings will be provided. Youngsters can have dental exams, heart and lung exams and vision and hearing tests. Parents can get nutrition information and have their children fingerprinted.

The Boy Scouts of Payson’s Zane Grey District, in cooperation with the Payson Police Department and local insurance agent Dee Wesley, are sponsoring Operation Child ID at the Health and Care Fair. A free service, parents will receive a completed kit containing a photo of their child and a fingerprint card that contains a physical description of their child. All records will be given to the parent, with none retained by sponsors of the program.

This activity is being done as a public service in accordance with Boy Scout tenets. Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th anniversary.

The 12th Annual Community Health and Care Fair is a yearly event to provide basic health assessments and information for underserved community members in Payson. More than 300 residents are expected.

Though the fair is a free event, some tests, as well as immunization shots will have a fee. Flu and pneumonia shots are $25 and $50 respectively. Medicare and most insurance are accepted. No appointment is necessary.

Additional screening and tests available include the complete lipid panel, fasting blood sugar test, and the PSA for men.

These tests will be $10 for women and $15 for men. These tests require a 12-hour fast with only medications and water. Again, no appointment necessary.

In addition to the tests and exams, the Community Health and Care Fair will include community resource information from Gila County Health & Community Services, Relay for Life, Lions Club, Rim Country Rotary, Healthy Woman Online, the Time Out Shelter, Payson Athletic Club MHAX III cardiac rehab program, Payson Regional Medical Center Home Health, Payson Care Center and many other community organizations.

The Community Prevention Council will also be at the Health and Care Fair, accepting both prescription and non-prescription drugs for disposal.

For more information on this year’s Community Health and Care Fair, call (928) 472-2588.

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