TAMC Health Fair to take place October 14

Release Date: 09/27/2017

Mary Hamilton, a midwife at TAMC’s OB/GYN & Midwifery Services practice, speaks to a participant at last year’s Health Fair.  The annual TAMC Health Fair provides an opportunity for community members to learn more about topics concerning their health, to get a free flu shot and take part in free screenings, and to speak one-on-one to the many doctors and mid-level providers who will be there. This year’s TAMC Health Fair takes place Saturday, October 14, from 10 am to 1 pm at the Aroostook Center Mall.

Aroostook County  -  Staff from The Aroostook Medical Center are planning their annual free health fair for community members on Saturday, October 14.  The event, featuring a wide offering of screenings and information to help people stay healthy and well, takes place at the Aroostook Center Mall from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
            “Our Health Fair is an opportunity for us to provide easy access to a wide range of valuable information to community members and free screenings that will help them be more aware of their own health,” says TAMC President Greg LaFrancois. “Providers from a number of our practices will be there to answer questions one-on-one regarding health concerns.”
            Free adult flu shots will once again be offered at the Health Fair, as well as free high dose flu shots for adults age 65 or older.  The popular free cholesterol screening will also be offered again this year courtesy of the staff from TAMC’s lab.  In addition, a number of other TAMC practices will be offering free screenings and assessments at their booths.  Among them: blood pressure, BMI/weight, pulse oximetry, visual acuity, and stroke risk assessment.  There will also be several opportunities for those who are patients at TAMC to learn more about the patient portal and to get help signing up. 
            In addition to the nearly 30 booths from TAMC, there will be more than a dozen booths on various health topics from Northern Maine Community College senior nursing students and physical therapy assistant students from the University of Maine at Presque Isle.  A number of non-profit organizations will also be taking part to share information about resources to help people in our community; among them will be ACAP, AMHC Sexual Assault Services, Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, VNA/Hospice of Aroostook, Hope & Justice, SAGE, United Way of Aroostook, and more.

Kerry Michaud, a nurse from TAMC’s Aroostook Pediatrics practice, puts a bandage on a beloved puppy after giving it a “shot” at the Teddy Bear Clinic during last year’s TAMC Health Fair. The practice will be holding the popular clinic at the health fair again this year on October 14, at the Aroostook Center Mall from 10am-1pm. 
            There will be a number of activities for children featured at this year’s Health Fair.  Children are encouraged to bring their teddy bear or other favorite stuffed animal or doll for Aroostook Pediatrics’ Teddy Bear Clinic. 
“This is a fun way for us to help get the kids familiar with the idea of being treated, and hopefully make them a little less fearful of a trip to the doctor’s office,” said Jennifer Robichaud, RN, clinical coordinator at Aroostook Pediatrics.
            The activities staff from TAMC’s Aroostook Health Center will be featuring a circus-themed atmosphere, with penny carnival style games with prizes, free popcorn, and clowns. Also on hand will be Wintergreen Arts Center, offering a fall arts activity and Northern Lighthouse, which will be hosting a number of hands-on games and activities.
            People are encouraged to stop by the TAMC Health Fair anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 14, at the Aroostook Center Mall. 
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