Community Health And Care Fair This Saturday At Jre

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The Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Hospice Compassus and Pfizer are holding the 13th annual Community Health and Care Fair from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Nov. 5 in the gym at Julia Randall Elementary School.

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

Breast exams will be given by obstetrician/gynecologist, Dr. Cynthia Booth. Head and neck surgeon, Dr. Peter Zonakis, will offer skin cancer screenings, joined by Dennis Johnson, M.D., pathologist.

Heart and lung screenings are available courtesy Hospice Compassus.

At Payson Care Center’s booth, people can get a myofascial release treatment.

Chiropractor Liz Summers is back offering chiropractic screenings. Ear canal inspections are available at the Miracle Ear booth.

Nursing students from Gila Community College will test blood pressure and oxygen levels.

Information on blood sugar and diabetes can be found at the CCS Medical booth. The Payson Lions Club sponsors hearing and eye exams.

Payson Regional Medical Center has several booths including Healthy Women, Senior Circle Home Health, Diagnostic Imaging, peripheral vascular disease screening for the lower extremities and feet. PRMC’s laboratory staff will perform fasting blood glucose (and optional PSA for men) tests. Tests for men are $15 and those for women are $10.

The Mollen group will offer reduced cost flu and pneumonia vaccines. Most insurance is accepted at the Mollen booth.

New this year: Safeway will offer immunization consultations and have a limited number of shingles vaccines at their booth. These vaccinations come with a 10 percent off grocery coupon and a receipt for insurance reimbursement.

A variety of civic organizations and professionals will be at the event including:

Zane Grey Kiwanis, Agape Health Care, Time Out Shelter, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Payson Multi-purpose Senior Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, Payson Athletic Club, LDS Preparedness and Family History Center, Walgreens, KC’s Home Health, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Curves, Humane Society of Central Arizona, Majestic Rim, Caring Presence, Rim Country Health and Retirement, GCC nurses, Mogollon Health Alliance and more.

Dump the Drugs will be at the Southwest Behavioral Health booth, so bring your unused, expired prescription or over-the-counter medicines so they do not enter our precious water supply or accidentally get ingested by a child.

Children’s screenings at the event will include dental exams, heart and lung exams, as well as vision and hearing tests. 

Parents can also get nutrition information and have children fingerprinted.

Dr. Eric Anderson is offering screening dental checks for children.

Volunteers from the Payson fire and police departments and Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund are teaming up to offer car seats and bike helmets.

Local Boy Scouts will be on hand to help with fingerprinting, which is being offered through the Child ID Project being presented by the Payson Masonic Lodge in cooperation with the Payson Police Department.

Volunteers take Amber Alert-compatible electronic fingerprints, photos and biographical information on each child, which they put on a CD and give to the parents.

The Masons also provide the parent with a DNA swab kit and laminated ID card to take home.

“We do not keep any records except the parental permission slip,” William Herzig of the Payson Masonic Lodge said. “The child’s information is erased as soon as we push the button to go to the next person.”

The Payson Masonic Lodge began Child ID as a pilot project about 18 months ago and through grants and contributions the lodge was able to buy its own equipment to provide this valuable service to the community.

“Hopefully we never have to use it for an Amber Alert, but it is good to be prepared,” Herzig said.

For more information on Child ID, contact William Herzig of Payson Masonic Lodge #70 at (928) 951-2662 or e-mail: cbherzig@gmail.com.

Parents can have their young children screened for health outside in the Gila Child Help mobile unit.

Representatives from the Payson Public Library will have information about the Dolly Parton book program.

Mogollon Health Alliance, Payson Regional Medical Center, Pfizer and Hospice Compassus are sponsors of this year’s health fair.

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