Juneau Community Health Fair in need of medical volunteers

Posted: Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Juneau Community Health Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 2 at the Nugget Mall. Only one of 120 health fairs held annually across the state, the local fair is organized by the Alaska Health Fair Inc., a nonprofit agency that has organized health fairs in Juneau for the past 20 years.

The fair will provide health and blood screenings to people who may not have access to these services. Blood screenings include a chemistry/hematology profile, which includes cholesterol levels, as well as separate tests for thyroid screening, vitamin D screening, prostate disease screening and A1C testing.

The health fair needs volunteers - medical and nonmedical - to succeed, as all participants are volunteers.

Medical volunteers capable of performing blood pressure screenings are needed, as well as nurses, physician assistants and other medical personnel to provide evaluation and checkout screening to review the participants health form, re-check blood pressure, respond to health questions and make referrals to local resources as needed.

Alaska Health Fair is not a state or government agency and does not receive any state or government funding. It has brought free health screenings and low cost blood tests to many communities in Alaska since 1980.

To learn how to become a volunteer or for more information, contact Pam Nelson at 723-5100 or ahfse@gci.net, or visit www.alaskahealthfair.org.

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