Own Your Health: Parents and Kids of All Ages Get Peace of Mind from 9Health Fair Preventative Screenings

Parents and their children of all ages have had local preventative health screenings at their fingertips through 40 years of the 9Health Fair events across 100 locations in Colorado. This month, 9Health Fair offers a variety of free screenings such as blood pressure, breast exams, prostate/testicular, oral, hearing, foot, skin, and more. These screenings vary by location. Select fairs also offer free health screenings for children.

“As 9Health celebrates its 40th year of providing free and affordable health screenings and moves into the next 40, we have developed year-round preventive health education, tools and community to serve any and all Coloradoans every day,” said 9Health CEO Gary Drews, “Our intention is to empower individuals to improve their health through prevention.”

As part of this new initiative, everyone who registers for a 9Health Fair online this spring will receive access to their personalized health dashboard, or results (dashboard will be available in the fall; participants will still get results within 2-4 weeks of attending).The dashboard provides health screening results and offers recommendations for further action based on the result.

9Health Fair Is for Everyone

9Health, a non-profit organization, continues its mission to reach as many people as possible to help them take ownership of their health. These preventative screenings can help detect something early enough to make a change.

Even for those with insurance, attending a 9Health Fair can provide more information than a primary care provider may typically order. The co-pay to make a doctor’s visit often costs more than attending a 9Health Fair. In addition to affordable screenings, like blood chemistry, height/weight/BMI and hearing, just to name a few.

Health care professionals are on-hand at every fair to offer assistance and advice to participants to decide which health screenings are appropriate for them. Each health fair offers affordable lab screenings, and many locations offer additional health screenings at no cost.

This year, 9Health will offer two new screenings, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), for heart health, and blood type along with its standard offerings. For critical or alert out-of-range values in lab results, participants will get a call within 24-72 hours from a 9Health medical volunteer who will provide medical professionals to recommend follow-up care and resources for those who do not already have a primary care physician.

Preventative Health Screenings Save Lives and Improve Living

Each year, thousands of people attend a 9Health Fair to take their health into their own hands. If you have a critical or alert out-of-range value in your lab results, you will get a call within 24-72 hours from a 9Health medical volunteer. . 9Health medical professionals will recommend what follow-up care to seek out, and help you find resources if you don’t already have a primary care physician.

“As a native to Colorado, I served as site coordinator for the Department of Human Services 9Health Fair for three years,” said Esther Lewis, volunteer and participant in Denver. “During those three years, I also participated in 9Health Fair screenings, where I learned I had high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Since then, I’ve worked with my primary care provider to manage these concerns. My favorite thing about 9Health Fair is that it is for everybody, whether you have insurance or not.”

For all of our 9Health Fair sites, you can arrive the day of without registering in advance. We recommend registering online in advance because those participants tend to get their results back faster than those who register onsite.

While 9Health Fair is committed to providing high-quality screenings and health education, it should not be used to replace your regular check-ups with your physician. You are encouraged to take the information provided to your primary care physician for further evaluation.

This year, there are 100 9Health Fairs planned across the state. To find a location near you or to register online, click here. And, if you are looking to give back to your community, 9Health is always looking for skilled medical and non-medical volunteers. Click here to learn more and see the opportunities available.