Health fair set

July 28, 2004

Keeping Our Communities Healthy is the theme of the health fair scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Walnut Street Community Health Center, 24 N. Walnut St.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., staff will be available at the to give tours and free health screenings.

Community agencies and businesses have been invited to participate in the event, according to Janet Cordell, the center's outreach and marketing coordinator.

There will be free diabetic risk assessments, confidential HIV testing information, and skin cancer and blood pressure screenings.

Also on hand will be representatives from community agencies such as Head Start, prevention services, the Stop Smoking for Life Program, and the breast and cervical cancer programs of the Washington County Health Department.

Hagerstown firefighters and police, the American Red Cross, Behavioral Health Services, the Western Maryland Medbank, Washington County Hospital trauma unit, Maryland Children's Health Insurance Program (MCHIP) and the Healthy Families Program also will be represented.


Activities such as face painting, balloons and health information will be available for children. A free raffle for a 26-inch bicycle, school supplies and other prizes from local businesses will be awarded at 1 pm.

Popcorn and healthful refreshments will be served throughout the day.

The Walnut Street Community Health Center is a nonprofit, community owned and operated health-care facility in Hagerstown since 1994 that has provided comprehensive primary health care to individuals and families with an emphasis on the medically underserved, regardless of ability to pay.

The center, which became a federally qualified community health center in 2003, has a medical provider on call for emergencies after hours.

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