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Special to the News-Times
The Crockett Resource Center for Independent Living will host its 14th annual Community Health Fair on Thursday.
The event will be held at the Crockett Civic Center, 1100 Edmiston Drive, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The number of uninsured adults in the U.S. today is more than 30 million, which is approximately 9.2 percent of the total population,” CRCIL’s Executive Director Sara Minton said. “A recent survey finds that more than two in five working-age adults are struggling to afford care. It is shocking to learn that Texas is the number one state with the highest percentage of uninsured among its population, which is about 18.4 percent.”
Minton said that more than 22,000 people in Houston County alone and roughly 19 percent of this population under the age of 65 are living without health insurance.
“So many of the uninsured individuals living in our rural community cannot afford the expense of doctor visits and costly tests due to limited income,” she said. “Because of the high numbers of uninsured individuals in our county, we felt that it was important to have a community health fair with as many free screenings to reach the uninsured residing within our county and surrounding areas.”
The list of free screenings and assessments include:
•A1C Screenings — PRCIL Sharon Watts, RN
•Anemia Screenings - PRCIL
•Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) Assessments — At Home Health Care
•Blood Pressure Screenings — TruCare Living Center
•Blood Sugar Screenings — PRCIL Sharon Watts, RN
•Blood Type Testing — Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
•Body Mass Index (BMI) Assessments — At Home Health Care
•COVID Vaccines/Boosters — NET Health
•Depression Assessments — Burks Center
•Diabetic Foot Screenings — Solaris Hospice
•EKGs — Houston County EMS
•Ear Screenings with Otoscope — PRCIL
•Electrocardiograms (EKGs) — PRCIL
•Fall Risk Assessments/Timed Up and Go — Crockett Medical Center
•Glaucoma Screenings - Gold Eye Clinic
•HIV, Hepatitis C with Same Testing Day Results, STDs — Brown Family Clinic
•Interactive Thera Band Activity - PRMC
•Iron Deficiency Assessment - PRCIL
•Low-Dose CT Cancer Screening — PRMC
•Lung Function — Crockett Medical Center
•Mammograms — Ross Breast Center
•Memory Screenings — Dogwood Trails
•Neuropathy Screenings — Solaris Hospice
•Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
•Peak Flow Spirometer - Crockett Medical Center
•Pulmonary Function Assessment — Crockett Medical Center
•Pulse Ox (02) Level and Heart Rates — Crockett Medical Center
•Sleep Assessments — PRMC’s Sleep Lab
•Vision Screenings — Wal Mart Vision Center
•Visual Acuity — Gold Eye Clinic
•Wound Care Assessments — PRMC’s Wound Care Center
Anyone interested in getting a mammogram must be pre-registered. To register, call Ross Breast Center as early as possible at 903-606-5433. Choose Option #3 to schedule the appointment or call 903-606-5499. Give the date and location of the event.
On the day of the event bring a photo ID and present your insurance card if insured. Most insurance is accepted. The insured will need to verify that their insurance is in network with Christus Trinity Mother Frances Healthcare System.
The insured may call before the screening to be certain that the insurance is accepted. Cash payment will also be accepted. Call 903-606-4700 and choose option #3 for a cash pricing quote.
Grant assistance may be available through NET Public Health District. To inquire about assistance, call (903) 593-7474. Ask to speak to Enedina or Arnetta. All uninsured and underinsured must call for screening to qualify for grant assistance through NET Public Health District prior to the event.
A physician’s order is not required to receive a mammogram, however, a physician’s name is required for mammogram results to be mailed.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will be holding a blood drive from 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Participants who donate blood will receive a free T-shirt.
Other activities and health-related education:
• Anodyne Therapy Display — Angels Care Home Health
• Breast Self-Exam Cancer Display and Demonstrations — UT Nursing Students
• Hands-Only CPR Demonstrations –Air Rescue 127
• Long COVID Education — Dr. Subi Gandhi, North East Texas Counts
• Testicular Exam Display — UT Nursing Students
• TheraBand Interactive Demonstrations — PRMC Therapy Department
Food vendors for the health fair include Credeur’s Cajun Cooking, The Moosehead Care, Rosemary’s Hilltop Kitchen, Scooter’s Coffee, and Subway.
Door prize drawings will be held throughout the event. A reminder, fair participants need to be fasting for best blood sugar/glucose screening results. Snacks will be available for people to eat after they have had their tests.
CRCIL’s Community Health Fair sponsors include Crockett Medical Center, Palestine Regional Medical Center, A Pineywoods Home Health, Brazos Transit District, Houston County Family Medical Clinic and Winfield Rehab and Nursing.
“The fair is for every community member, there is no age limit,” Minton said. “We are especially hopeful that individuals who do not have health insurance and are living on fixed incomes will take full advantage of this opportunity to get the free screenings at no expense to them. Our goal is to ensure that everyone receives the benefits of the free screenings.”