9Health Fair back in Westminster

Ashley Reimers
Posted 4/19/12

Since 1987, 9Health Fair has provided affordable health awareness and educational screenings to more than 1.7 million people. This year, residents in …

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9Health Fair back in Westminster


Since 1987, 9Health Fair has provided affordable health awareness and educational screenings to more than 1.7 million people. This year, residents in Adams County can take advantage of these services during an upcoming 9Health Fair in Westminster.

The fair will be 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 28, at the Devry University campus, 1870 W. 122nd Ave. More than 25 screenings will be offered for small fees varying from $15 to $40, and some for free. The screenings are available to people ages 18 and older, and attendees will be contacted by a member of the 9Health Fair team within 72 hours of their visit to receive the results of their screenings.

James Caldwell, president of Devry University Colorado Metro, said he is excited to host the 9Health Fair for the fourth year in a row. He hopes people take advantage of the opportunity to receive screenings at a low cost.

“We will have 17 screenings that are completely free to people. All you have to do is show up and get in line,” he said. “We are also having a prostate screening, and the Devry location is the only Adams County location offering that screening.”

Last year 684 people attended the 9Health Fair, and this year Caldwell said he expects between 750 and 800 people. He said it feels great to host the fair because it gives him and his staff an opportunity to give back to the community in a big way.

“The community has done so much for our students by literally supporting them with a place to live and work,” he said. “We need to give back, and we decided the 9Health Fair would be a great way to do that.”

Rory Donaldson, 9Health Fair director of development, said this time of year is his favorite. He’s been with the fair for five years, and every spring, he said, he enjoys his job just a little bit more.

“Hands down, the best part is seeing the people and seeing how much service we are able to provide them,” he said. “It feels good to see people happy when they know there are people out there who are taking an interest in their health care.”

To keep the services affordable to people, Donaldson said, 9Health Fair hasn’t increased its prices in 10 years. The 9Health Fair team realizes the importance of keeping prices low because for some, this may be the only time they see a health-care professional, he said.

“We call it one-stop shopping at a very cost-effective price,” he said. “It gets expensive to pay co-pays, and some people don’t even have health insurance, so this event is such a great way to monitor your health.”

This year students from Mountain Range High School and Horizon High School will join the 19,000 statewide volunteer team to help at the Westminster fair. Katelyn Stene, a junior at Horizon, is volunteering for the first time. She said she doesn’t know what to expect, but is ready to do whatever she’s told.

“I don’t know a lot about the 9Health Fair, but my mom asked me if I wanted to do it, and I said yes,” she said. “I always like to volunteer, and I’m up for everything. I don’t know what I’ll be doing, but I’m excited to help in any way that I can.”

Cash, checks or credit cards are accepted for all screenings. For more information on 9Health Fair or to find other locations throughout Colorado go online to www.9healthfair.org.


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