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Hundreds flock to 9Health Fair at Wind Crest

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May 31st, 2009
Sandra Callahan felt right at home volunteering at the 9Health Fair. For one thing, she s a nurse. For another, she lives right down the hall from where the fair was held. Callahan was among 145 residents and staff who volunteered during the health fair at Wind Crest which drew nearly 400 visitors over five hours, reports Community Resources Manager Sharon Prouse. Another 40 local medical and non-medical volunteers showed up to help people identify potential health concerns. "One lady in her 40s was surprised to learn that she had high blood pressure," Callahan says. "We sent her down to consult with a professional on the spot." Volunteers even got in on the testing action. Denver-area medical technician Bernadette Sullivan stopped by Wind Crest s medical center after her shift for a free foot screening. "I ve been having foot pain for a while," she says. After being examined by former orthopedic surgeon Sid Walker (who lives at Wind Crest) and Jennifer Davies, DPM (a local podiatrist who contracts with the community s medical center), Sullivan walked away with a quick diagnosis and a suggestion for her next step. Back for more As for Callahan, this wasn t her first health fair. "I ve helped out for several years," says the 67-year-old telephone triage nurse for Denver Health Medical Center. She explains she keeps coming back because of the value it provides for those who need it most. "You can get a huge inventory of blood work here," says Callahan, who helped out in the blood draw area. "Doctors don t typically order such comprehensive tests, and if they did, it would cost a lot more than $30." During her five-hour shift, Callahan says she noticed a large number of younger people most of them male. "I can only assume they might have been among the growing number of Coloradoans without health insurance," she says. "This was such a wonderful opportunity for them."