The 365 Health community health fair is coming to multiple locations around the Denver metro area and offering free, low-cost health screenings.
The health screenings vary at each fair but can include blood pressure, vision, dental, stress and more. Walk-up screenings are accepted, but registering ahead of time is recommended.
Perhaps surprisingly, healthcare was largely ignored in the height of the pandemic, with many people avoiding doctor’s appointments, according to staff at 365 Health.
“Preventative health care and health care, in general, was kind of pushed to the side,” media representative Shane Ferraro said. “We’re really pushing people to get back into the practice of taking care of themselves.”
365 Health is a non-profit organization that has been largely volunteer operated for over 40 years.
Gary Drews, 365 Health CEO, explained what happens if someone gets abnormal results on a test at a health fair.
“If the person’s result is out of range, then our staff calls that person within 48 hours and urges them to connect with their doctor,” he said.
But many people in Colorado and across the country are uninsured and don’t have primary care doctors. So Drews started a program to help.
“We started a low, low-cost telehealth program,” he said.
The program, called Health in Hand, offers telehealth primary care, psychiatry, women’s health and diabetes support for $80 a year, with no requirements for age, pre-existing conditions or insurance. The service can be accessed 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Drews hopes the service can serve as a navigational tool to help people make informed healthcare decisions.
Here are the dates and locations for the upcoming health fairs:
When: 8 a.m to noon April 29
Where: Rockland Community Church, 17 S. Mt. Vernon Country Club Road, Golden
When: 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. April 22
Where: Arvada Covenant Church, 5555 Ward Road, Arvada
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23
Where: St. Cajetans Catholic Parish, 4335 W Byers Place, Denver
When: 7:30 a.m. to noon April 29
Where: Clear Creek Recreation Center, 98 12th Ave., Idaho Springs
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 6
Where: Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church, 9444 Eagle Cliff Road, Conifer