FRASER —The Fraser Family 9HealthFair will be held again this year at Fraser Elementary School in the heart of Fraser. The 9HealthFair will continue to offer the 31 element blood test for $30.
There will be the usual screenings for vision, hearing, breast cancer, and blood pressure. Other blood tests are available for Vitamin D, A1c (blood sugar), PSA (men only) and Hepatitis C. These additional tests do cost money. 9Health organizers caution that people on Medicare or other forms of insurance may be able to get these tests at no or very little cost, so check with a health care professional before spending money on tests already covered by insurance.
The 9HealthFair is hosting a couple new things this year:
Connect for Colorado — counselors will be available to talk to patients one-on-one about insurance options under the new Affordable Health Care Act. This service is being hosted by staff from the Grand County Rural Health Network that have been specifically hired and trained to support this community information need.
Tests — A new blood test for Hepatitis C will be available. This test, which costs, $25 is a diagnostic test, the results can be used by your health care professionals. The Centers for Disease Control recommends this test for people age 48 to 68 who have not had the test before. For people who regularly donate blood, the Bonfils organization that collects blood in Colorado, does screening for Hepatitis C and will call you after a donation if that screening yields a positive result. Again, discuss whether this diagnostic test is needed with a health care professional. Medical staff will be available at the fair to help decisions on what screening tests are of value to individuals.
Children are welcome at the Fraser Family 9HealthFair and will be able to participate in screenings such as hearing, vision, oral cancer and blood pressure.
Sleep in for shorter lines
After patients fast for 12 hours prior to a blood test, every one is anxious to get some food. But rushing to the fair in the wee hours of the morning only guarantees patients will wait longer in line. Organizers suggest sleeping until 9 a.m., arriving to the Fair at 9:30 a.m. when the lines will likely be shorter.
Finally, Fair organizers cannot run the event without medical and non-medical volunteers. “We desperately need both,” said Fair director John Erwin. “We cannot do this fair without a significant number of doctors and nurses.”