Community Health Fair Draws A Crowd

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Sanja Long watched a steady flow of visitors stream through the doors of Julia Randall Elementary on Saturday morning.

The Mogollon Health Alliance CEO said strong attendance made the 15th Annual Community Health & Care Fair a success.

“We reached probably hundreds of people in the community,” said Long. “We touched them, helping them get information about their health, the current state of their health and preventative health care.”

MHA and Payson Regional Medical Center were the two major sponsors of the event, which offered free health screenings and health education, as well as $10 blood tests for cholesterol and fasting blood glucose and $45 flu and $60 pneumonia immunizations.

Long said Hospice Compassus, Payson Care Center and Rim Country Health also helped sponsor the four-hour event.

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The fair usually attracts a lot of people for the blood tests, sometimes resulting in long lines. She said they decided to try something different his year.

“We did a little bit different thing with the blood draws,” Long said. “We gave numbers instead of making people stand in line. That went really well.”

Long said, as always, volunteers played a major role in making the fair happen.

“It took a big team to put this on, and we appreciate every volunteer and every organization that helped us,” she said. “MHA alone had over a dozen volunteers. And every table here is being manned by volunteers.”

Long said the volunteers made the event possible, but also yielded benefits to the volunteers themselves.

“We have a variety of screenings that are available and a variety of local organizations that people can get involved in,” she said. “Statistics show anybody who’s connected to a church or a volunteer organization tends to live longer. They’re happier and more satisfied.”

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