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Anaheim prepares for 6th annual free health fair

The event provides free health screenings and exams to low-income and uninsured residents

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: April 26, 2012 03:25 PM

Orange County’s doctors, healthcare professionals and volunteers are coming together to get ready for Anaheim’s sixth health fair, the city’s annual event to provide free health services to the public.

The event draws individuals and families from all economic levels, with a large turnout of those who lack access to affordable healthcare. Tests and exams are performed by trained healthcare professionals, doctors and nurses, many of whom volunteer their time to provide the free services. A number of sponsors provide funding necessary to support the event, including the cost of equipment and tests.

Services to be offered at the event will include physical exams and screenings; EKG heart checks; cholesterol screenings; diabetes and anemia tests; bone density tests; women’s health services; eye exams and dental consultations; and chiropractic and acupuncture services. (Attendees interested in cholesterol screenings are required to fast for eight hours prior to the test.) Consultations with medical and surgical specialists will also be available, and attendees can sign up for voluntary bone-marrow donor programs.

A new addition to the list of free services is a select number of different outpatient surgery procedures for patients, age 13 and older. Procedures for hernia, cyst and lipoma excision, GI endoscopies, joint arthroscopies, and cataracts will be available, among others. Patients will be evaluated at the Health Fair for treatment, and, if approved, will undergo the surgery at a later date.

 “The Health Fair is a tremendous example of neighbors helping neighbors and extending a hand to those in need,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.  “Doctors, health care professionals and volunteers take their time to assist those in need of medical attention, and in doing so strengthen the bonds within our community.  The Health Fair is open to all, and I have seen first-hand the generous and giving spirit throughout this event."

Tait expressed his gratitude to Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu for spearheading the organization of the event, and said he hoped many would turn out to take advantage of the opportunity for free health services. Last year’s event drew 600 attendees and 50 volunteer physicians.

“We are so pleased to once again offer this free health fair for the entire community, and give everyone the opportunity to learn more about their health.  We are especially excited to partner with West Anaheim Medical Center and local physicians to make available for the first time free out-patient surgeries for those in need who are pre-qualified,” Tait said.

This year’s Anaheim Health Fair will take place Sunday, June 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Anaheim Medical Center. Individuals who qualify for outpatient surgical procedures at the event will receive an appointment for the following weekend.

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