Need some preliminary screenings but are a little short of scratch after the holidays? The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation, in partnership with the South Fork Community Health Initiative and Southampton Hospital, is sponsoring a free community health fair on Friday, Jan. 6.
The event, which will take place at the Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church school building at 44 Meadow Way in East Hampton Village, offers information about disease detection. Highlights include testing for glucose, total cholesterol, blood pressure, and sexually transmitted infections, as well as H.I.V. screenings.
“We’ve been doing it for about 10 years now,” said Sheila Rogers, the executive director of the healthcare foundation. Having a health fair in January makes sense, she said. “A large number of people who attend are landscapers, or restaurant workers, who come in to take care of their health in the off-season,” she said.
“Southampton Hospital does a great job . . . whole families come in, from grandparents to children.”
Attendees at the health fair will also have an opportunity to discuss health insurance and get information about HEAP and Project Warmth, which are home-heating assistance programs. Appointments can be made for no-cost mammogram and Pap tests, and applications can be filled out for colorectal screenings.
The event is free and open to all and will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Healthful refreshments will be served. More information can be had by calling the South Fork Community Health Initiative at 329-2425.
The East Hampton Healthcare Foundation was formed in 1998 by a group of concerned citizens to address the need for health care services on the East End, especially for the uninsured and the underinsured. The foundation, through donations, built the East Hampton Healthcare Center, which opened in 2002. In 2008, the foundation established the East Hampton Walk-In medical facility, serving patients of all ages with non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. B.L.