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Health fair targets self-care

The Federal Way Community Center will be transformed into a medical clinic.

A free health fair will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at the center, 876 S. 333rd St.

Dr. Young Lee, a Franciscan Health System practitioner, along with the Korean American Health Professional Association and Korean Presbyterian Church Northwest chapter, will host the event. Several health care professionals and specialists will be available to the public, especially low- and moderate-income individuals without health insurance.

The health fair typically occurs twice a year in the Puget Sound region, Lee said. This is the first year it has occurred in Federal Way to this degree, he said. This year, the City of Federal Way is lending its support to the event. People of all ethnicities and income levels are invited.

“It’s a good resource for people to come in and learn about self-care,” Federal Way Human Resources manager Lynnette Hynden said.

No medical work will be performed at the health fair, Lee said. The point of the event is to offer health screenings, which patients would otherwise be charged for, and give the patients a determination of what is ailing them and how the medical problem ought to be addressed. Family doctors, dentists, dermatologists, pediatricians, chiropractors, an orthopedic spine surgeon, sleep specialist and nephrologist (kidney specialist), among others, will all be available.

About 15 doctors and 20 health care professionals will provide the services, Lee said. Additionally, 300 non-insured attendees will have the opportunity to receive free blood work, Lee said. PACLAB Network Laboratories will process the blood, Franciscan Health System spokesman Gale Robinette said.

Ultrasounds, blood sugar tests, bone density screenings and blood pressure tests will be available, according to a city press release. Tests to diagnose anemia, infection, inflammation and bleeding disorders will be offered. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel tests, which check kidney, bone, pancreas and liver functions, and lipid profiles will also be available, according to the release.

“I think the concept out to the public is, this is not just family practice doctors,” Hynden said.

Health care lectures will also be available in both Korean and English. Topics will include lower back injuries, cholesterol, osteoporosis, cancer clinical trials, Medicare and Medicaid, acupuncture and herbal medicines.

All services will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Participants do not need to be residents of Federal Way. Patients are not required to pre-apply for the health screenings, Lee said

“We are donating our resources to the people who have been deprived of the health care system,” Lee said.

Contact Jacinda Howard: jhoward@fedwaymirror.com or (253) 925-5565.

More information:

The community health fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 3 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. For more information, call Lynnette Hynden at (253) 835-2650 or Linda Farmer at (253) 835-2411.

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The Federal Way City Council decided in a 5-1 vote April 1 to sponsor the health fair. Council member Jim Ferrell was absent from the meeting. The biggest concern among the group and City Manager Neal Beets was the city’s ability to provide proper insurance for the event. Council member Dini Duclos voted against sponsoring the health fair. Had the city been approached with the idea earlier and had more time to properly prepare itself for such an event, so as not to put itself in a vulnerable situation, Duclos would have approved the measure, she said.

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