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Congressman David Scott' s free health fair set Saturday
by Bill Baldowski
August 16, 2013 03:10 PM | 3952 views | 0 0 comments | 54 54 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From left, 13th District Congressman David Scott, D-Ga., and his aide, Ryan Reeves, go over details of the congressman's annual free health fair, set this Saturday.
From left, 13th District Congressman David Scott, D-Ga., and his aide, Ryan Reeves, go over details of the congressman's annual free health fair, set this Saturday.
If there was any doubt that the annual health fair conducted by 13th District Congressman David Scott, D-Ga, saves lives, one need only check the results of the more than 2,812 exams and procedures that were done at last year’s event.

This year’s health fair, scheduled for tomorrow from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mundy’s Mill High School, 9652 Fayetteville Road in Jonesboro, will bring together more than 100 metro Atlanta’s top medical professionals and organizations which are volunteering their time and expertise to provide free exams.

According to Scott, with the help of Grady Health System, three individuals who attended and were involved in an examination last year, were diagnosed with having stroke-level blood pressure readings and were rushed to the hospital from the school which, he said, literally saved their lives.

This marks the ninth consecutive year of the health fair and, in addition to the health screenings, medical personnel at the health fair will also provide health-related information from many of the region’s leading health care professionals.

“We are asking those taking part to make sure they bring their entire family and visit the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures mobile unit, which will be at the school, and is expected to perform more than 2,000 free dental exams throughout the day,” Scott said.

Among the free screenings offered at the health fair each year include HIV/AIDA, clinical breast exams, PSA prostate exams, adult and children’s dental, vision, diabetes, cholesterol, blood pressure and checks plus many more, Scott said.

“The Department of Veteran Affairs has also confirmed they will be attending to share resources and health screenings with military veterans in my district,” Scott said.

“There will be free blood pressure and glucose screenings for veterans and information on the VA Medical Center’s various programs, including mental health, benefit information, women’s programs and many more,” the congressman added.

This year there will be a special guest speaker, Dr. Pamela Roshell, regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Scott said.

“She will address the question of how Georgians can obtain quality, affordable and assessable healthcare under the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Exchange,” Scott added.

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