Health fair organizers reach out to the uninsured

August 07, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

Last year, more than half of the 4,189 patients served at the Walnut Street Community Health Center - nearly six out of every 10 people - were on Medicaid, Medicare or had no health insurance at all.

Barbara Rundle, heath services coordinator, said the center would like to serve more of the uninsured and underinsured. The center, run like a family practice that accepts patients with or without insurance, hopes to attract more patients Saturday at its third annual health fair.

The Walnut Street Community Health Fair will have free health screenings for diseases such as diabetes and skin and oral cancer. There also will be free food, children's activities and a gift drawing.

About 300 people attended last year's health fair, Rundle said.

"The screenings that we're doing will identify health issues that are chronic if (they're) not treated," Rundle said.

The center is offering free screenings for the following:


· Diabetes

· High blood pressure

· Cholesterol

· Prostate cancer screening (PSA), for men older than 50

· Osteoporosis

· Breast exams

· Vascular disease

· Skin and oral cancer

If you go ...

What: Walnut Street Community Health Fair

When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, rain or shine

Where: Walnut Street Community Health Center, 24 N. Walnut St., Hagerstown

Cost: Free

More: For more information, call Barbara Rundle at 301-393-3436.

Charles Town, W.Va. 304-728-4653.

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