“My wife and I have been going to [the] 9Health Fair for many years in several different towns in Colorado, so it plays a big part in our lives. In April of 2003, we went again to have our annual blood screening but this time mine came back a little different. My PSA number came in a little high with a suggestion to make an appointment with my doctor. With further evaluation I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had no previous symptoms. I was given several options but at my age of 51, surgery was the best for me. As you can see 9Health Fair saved my life. My family and I are so grateful for the services available to all of our communities. 9Health Fair is great and I am looking forward to many more 9fairs.”
9Health Fair participant since 2003
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"My husband and I attended the 9Health Fair in April of 2004 at the Susan M Duncan YMCA in Arvada. We had gone through most of the stations and were on our way out when we saw the line for skin screenings. It was shorter than usual so we decided to stop and get checked. Thank GOD we did. I was checked by the doctor who noticed a dark freckle on my left arm and a spot on my face; she recommended that both areas be checked by my doctor. I had the freckle on my arm removed and sent off to the lab. It was melanoma! It was .3mm deep so it was caught early. I will have to manage this for the rest of my life but now that I am educated, it will help me through any future incidents. While my doctor had a watch on this freckle, it was the 9Healthfair that recommended further inspection and treatment and may have saved my life. I will always be thankful to the 9Health Fair.”
9Health Fair participant since 2004
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In the late 1970's John F. Brensike, a physician conducting heart disease research
at the National Institutes of Health in Washington , D.C. , became involved in cholesterol
screenings. As he traveled the country, he observed a high level of interest from
communities to provide screening services. However, he noted that few screenings
were available and the quality varied. But more importantly, he noted that there
was no mechanism to provide health education and medical follow-up to the community.
From there, Dr. Brensike started the National Health Screening Council for Volunteer
Organizations (NHSCVO) as a means of promoting preventative health maintenance.
Through this organization, the health fair concept was born. The idea was presented
by NHSCVO to interested communities across the country. In Colorado , NHSCVO approached
Al Flanagan, then president of KBTV Channel 9 in Denver , now 9NEWS. The television
station recognized this effort's value to the community and agreed to provide both
financial and media support to help launch the first health fair.
In 1980, along with support from hundreds of medical and non-medical volunteers,
the Lions Clubs of Colorado and the Colorado National Guard, the first 9Health Fair
was staged. To this day, all three groups remain steadfast in their important roles
with the 9Health Fair as important in-kind sponsors.
In 1987, 9Health Fair became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With the sole
mission of promoting health awareness and encouraging individuals to assume responsibility
for their own health, and because of the support of 19,000 statewide volunteers,
9Health Fair has helped save thousands of lives by providing free and low-cost health
awareness and educational screenings. To date, 9Health Fair is the only program
of its magnitude and that has become a community institution as a result of the
NHSCVO initiative. Since inception, 9Health Fair has impacted over 1.7 million individuals.
Our program's proven history and consistent quality has earned us unique endorsements
from the Colorado Medical Society,
Colorado Nurses Association and the Colorado Hospital
Anyone 18 and older can participate in a 9Health Fair. With over 25 screenings available,
your 9Health Fair results, along with an explanation on how to read your results,
are delivered directly to you within three to six weeks of your visit. Our team
of volunteer registered nurses and physicians will contact you within 72 hours of
your 9Health Fair visit and, if necessary, provide you with local follow up resources
if your results indicate that a critical or alert health situation is occurring.
Attending a 9Health Fair does not replace your regular check-ups with your physician,
and you are encouraged to share your results with your primary care physician for
further diagnosis and treatment.
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9Health Fair. Get involved in your health, and your community's health and remember,
good health is...9Health Fair.