NGHP Hosts Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair on Oct. 8

Fall is a wonderful time to take stock of the important things in life, including, and most particularly, one’s health.

Many people find the last half of the year to be a great time to schedule appointments with their physicians in an effort to benefit from having met their insurance deductibles during the preceding months.

That’s understandable. But area residents can also take advantage of several free health screenings during the annual Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair sponsored by the Northwest Georgia Healthcare Partnership.

This year’s Community Health Fair will take place from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 8, at the Mack Gaston Community Center in Dalton.

Last year, around 1,200 folks attended, taking advantage of the opportunity to access health care services and to gain information on living a healthy lifestyle.

What has happened year after year during our Community Health Fair is that many attendees discover that they have medical conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol, which have previously gone undiagnosed.

It’s easy to view that as “bad news,” but the detection process is actually the “good news.” Once a person becomes aware of having a medical condition that is easily treatable, he or she can begin taking the important steps to manage or eliminate the disease.

Also, those who attend the fair can learn about their risk factors for breast, cervical, prostate, and other cancers. Knowing one’s risks factors is the first step to prevention awareness, treatments, and cures and has proven to be life-saving for many.

During the event, which is free and open to the public, sponsors and exhibitors will be on hand to provide community members access to all sorts of healthcare educational materials and access to a wide array of community resources. We usually have around 50 vendors and supporting businesses, including hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, and community agencies, who share their knowledge and expertise with our attendees.

We hope that you will take the time out of your busy Saturday to come join us at this year’s Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair. You’re likely to come away with a great deal of health information that will prove useful, and you may even decrease your risks of contracting or suffering from a debilitating disease. Many past attendees have relayed to us that the free screenings actually led to the early diagnosis of medical conditions which they now hold in check.

As always we’re happy to be working with wonderful sponsors for this event, and I’d like to particularly thank the presenting sponsors Wellcare and Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition. We deeply appreciate their support and the good work they do for our community.

If you wish to know more about the event, please go to our website at or call Ali Harp at 706-272-6662.

We look forward to another great year of improving health outcomes for our Northwest Georgia community.

Gregory J. Dent