Making a stand for better health
by Ralph B. Davis
PRESTONSBURG — The first of four community health fairs was held this week, offering free and vital medical services to uninsured residents.
Envisioned and organized by a consortium of local health care providers, the fairs are intended to address unmet medical needs in the community, particularly in light of Floyd County’s last place showing in this year’s County Health Rankings.
“We see a big need from our community assessment …” said Floyd County Health Department Director Thursa Sloan, whose facility hosted the first event. “There’s so much diabetes, heart disease and cancer in this area, and that’s what we are trying to screen out.”
Three more health fairs are planned over the summer, including:
• June 11 and 12, at South Floyd High School
• June 27 and 28, at Betsy Layne Elementary
• July 16 and 17, at Allen Central High School
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