The St. Francois County Community Partnership’s annual Health Expo returns for its 21st year from 8 a.m. to noon April 21 at the Bob Sechrest Field House on Mineral Area College’s Park Hills campus.
The free event is sponsored in part by Home State Health, Great Mines Health Center and Parkland Health Center. This year’s theme is “Safe Community – Safe Kids.”
More than 50 agencies and local resource organizations are scheduled for the event, which features free health screenings, demonstrations, numerous prizes, plus snacks and drinks. There are also games and activities for the kids, a bounce house, emergency vehicle tours and interactive healthy shopping experience.
Missouri Baptist Breast HealthCare Center will be on hand offering free mammograms to women ages 40-64 who are uninsured or underinsured. Walk-ins are welcome as the schedule allows, but women are urged to schedule a mammogram by calling 314-956-9829.
Other screenings offered onsite will include blood pressure, blood glucose, glaucoma screening, BMI, injury screenings, bone density, cholesterol, spirometry (lung function) and more.
“All of the health tests offered each year at the expo could easily costs hundreds and hundreds of dollars if they had to pay for them out of pocket,” said William “Bill” Bunch, SFCCP executive director. “It is a very good resource for those who don’t have insurance or are underinsured.”
About 600 to 800 are expected to attend the event, according to Bunch, who added that the expo draws a good crowd each year.
“Any age – rain or shine – we’ll have it,” he said. “There are lots and lots of prizes and the event is absolutely free.”
Exhibitors will include the American Heart Association; Alzheimer’s Association; Awesome Sunsets; Big River Baggers – Missouri Stream Team 4169; Carter’s Clubhouse/Serenity Hospice Care; Children’s Advocacy Center; Children’s Division; Culligan Water; East Missouri Action Agency; Affordable Care Act; East Missouri Action Agency; Women’s Wellness; Educare of St. Francois County; Great Mines Health Center; Home State Health; Juice Plus –Prevention Parkland; Mercy Clinic Farmington; Mid-America Transplant; Missouri Baptist Breast Center; Missouri Job Center – Park Hills; Missouri State Highway Patrol; Parkland Health Center; Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy; Pharmax Pharmacy; Prairie Farms Dairy; Puppies for Parole – Farmington Correctional Center; Rehabilitation Services for the Blind; St. Francois County Community Partnership; St. Francois County Health Center; St. Francois County Health Center – WIC Lactation Station; and St. Patrick Center.
Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or firstname.lastname@example.org