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Free fairs provide array of health services

Staff Report • May 14, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Annual community health fairs will be held Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, at locations in Dickenson and Wise counties.

Organizers of this two-day event, link area health-care providers with local consumers to provide a spectrum of health services and information targeted to the prevention of both serious and common health problems.

Community agencies and local service providers have joined forces to provide the public with a vast array of health services at this event. These health fairs are examples of how the community can come together to help its members in need, and with the rising cost of health care, attending this free event is a bargain for the consumer.

The May 15 fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Zion Family Ministries in Wise, Va. The May 16 fair will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Valley View Freewill Baptist Church, Clintwood, Va.

One of the features of this health fair is the participation of the medical staff and students of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Medical personnel will be available to provide individual assessment by taking a complete medical history and a comprehensive physical examination. Sports physicals and school physicals can also be performed.

Blood work for cholesterol, including HDL, LDL and triglycerides, will be available in addition to glucose and hemoglobin readings. In some situations, additional labs may be performed, if medically indicated.

Women can also receive Pap smears and sign up for mammogram registration for U.Va.’s mobile mammography program on the days of the events. In addition, the Every Woman’s Life will be screening for eligible women who might qualify for free mammograms as well. The United Breast Cancer Foundation is actively involved in the program.

Men can take advantage of getting a PSA blood test, to aid in the detection of prostate cancer. Prostate and testicular exams will also be offered.

Other services will include blood pressure checks, height, weight, pulse, pulse oximetry, EKGs (if medically indicated), urinalysis, pulmonary function testing and massage. Vision, hearing, glaucoma and colorectal screenings will be provided.

Local health care providers, health departments, and various other local service organizations will provide a variety of informational booths on pertinent health topics.

Patients can also take advantage of body fat composition analysis, medication review, skin cancer screening, depression screening, hand massage and stress management.

Participants are encouraged to not eat or drink after midnight if having blood work performed. In addition, those who wish a medication review should bring medicines with them.

Door prizes and lots of freebies will be distributed as well. Area merchants have donated several door prizes. The first 100 participants daily will receive a gift bag filled with goodies.

Services are provided in part by support from Dickenson Community Hospital, Norton Community Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance, Virginia Health Care Foundation, Anthem BlueCross BlueShield, Lab Corp and AstraZeneca Health Care Foundation.

For more information, call (276) 328-8850.

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