Pit River Health Services (PRHS) hosted a very well-planned and informative 18th Annual Health Fair at their clinic on Tamarack Avenue in Burney. The theme of the fair was “Good Medicine.” An estimated 150 people attended.
There were 35 booths at the fair representing various services and organizations from the Intermountain and the Redding areas. A delicious lunch of chicken, green beans, salad, beans, and watermelon was served for everyone who registered at the event.
Rebecca Valenzuela, one of the organizers, said that “the purpose of the fair is to give people knowledge of what health services are available in the area and also to provide an opportunity to meet people from some of the organizations that work with Pit River Health Services.”
The fair tried to address all aspects of community health. Other health care centers that were present included the Redding Rancheria Tribal Clinic and Mountain Valley Health Centers. The clinics provided information about physical, mental, emotional, and dental health. A women’s health specialist was on hand to consult with women.
Shasta County HHSA and HHSA Children’s Services had booths. Stand Against Stigma, Circle of Friends, and Shasta County Suicide Prevention were there to discuss various aspects of mental health. Tri-Counties Bank was there to advise people about financial health. California Highway Patrol was there to educate people about public safety issues such as drunk driving. Burney Fire Protection also had a booth.
It was very diverse. Programs ranged from Golden Umbrella for senior citizens to Head Start for children.
Children seemed to enjoy the event. There were a lot of give-aways and everyone who visited at least 20 of the booths got a t-shirt that said, “Life is Sacred.”
For more information about the fair, the organizations that attended, or the health services available, contact Rebecca Valenzuela firstname.lastname@example.org or call PRHS at 1-800-843-7447.
A hard copy version of this article also appeared in the Mountain Echo 7/12/16