WISE — Residents of Wise and Dickenson counties will be able to receive free medical treatment next week thanks to a pair of community health fairs organized by local community agencies and service providers.
The annual Health Wagon events will take place May 15 at Zion Family Ministries in Wise and May 16 at Valley View Freewill Baptist Church in Clintwood. Both fairs will be held from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Those health fairs come on the heels of the 3rd annual RAM Health Clinic, which began Friday and runs through Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 2013 Tri-Cities Regional Area Medical Clinic will provide medical, dental and vision services at no cost to individuals who attend.
According to organizers, the events are designed to link area health care providers with local residents to provide a wide array of health services and information targeted at prevention of both serious and common ailments and diseases.
Providers at this week’s events include Dickenson Community Hospital, Norton Community Hospital, Mountain States Health Alliance, the Virginia Health Care Foundation and Anthem Blue-Cross BlueShield.
“These health fairs are perfect examples of how the community can come together to help its members in need,” Health Wagon Director of Operations David Meade said. “With the rising cost of health care, attending this free event is a bargain for the consumer.”
Like in years past, the 2013 health fairs will feature the participation of medical staff and students of the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.
Medical personnel will provide individual assessment by taking a complete medical history and performing a comprehensive physical examination. Physicals for school and athletics can also be performed.
Blood work for cholesterol, including HDL, LDL, and triglycerides, as well as glucose and hemoglobin readings, will be available. If medically indicated, additional labs may be performed.
In addition to general medical treatment, health services will also be offered specifically for women and men.
Women will be able to receive Pap smears, as well as register for UVA’s mobile mammography program on the days of the events.
Every Woman’s Life will be screening for eligible women who might qualify for free mammograms as well, and the United Breast Cancer Foundation will also be actively involved.
Men will also be able to take advantage of getting a blood test, a PSA, 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 also be provided.
Information on a variety of health topics will also be available at booths run by local health care providers, health departments, and other local service organizations.
Body fat composition analysis, medication review, skin cancer screening, depression screening, and stress management will also be available.
Participants are encouraged to not eat or drink after midnight if they plan on having blood work performed. In addition, those who wish medication review should bring medicines with them.
Organizers said door prizes and other free items donated by area merchants will be given away to attendees. The first 100 participants each day will also receive a gift bag.