The Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio National Guard are hosting GuardCare in Union County this weekend.
GuardCare is a health fair that offers free testing and screening in under-served communities.
“We don’t have enough physicians relative to the size of our population,” said Dr. Jason Orcena, health commissioner for Union County. “One of the barriers we hear from families about getting medical care is still financial. High deductible health insurance or no insurance, even though it’s less than it used to be, it’s still a concern for many families.”
Kayla Conrad attended the event with her two daughters.
“School’s right around the corner, she is getting ready to start kindergarten. Perfect time to get that all done and taken care of,” said Conrad.
Conrad says both of her daughters were born prematurely and it’s important to keep the girls healthy while also staying within her family’s budget.
“She was 6 weeks premature and she had a health issue when she was 4. Going from that it’s just beneficial to just keep their health on track,” said Conrad.
GuardCare offers 13 medical stations that test every thing from blood pressure to heart function.
“In addition to those, we are also doing a bunch of resource screenings as well,” said Orcena. “So, we’re doing some depression mental health screenings. We are also offering WIC (women, infants, children). We’re actually doing enrollment.”
GuardCare is open to all adults and children across Ohio. It will be held Sunday, August 13th at the Union County Health Department at 940 London Ave. Marysville, Ohio 43040. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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