Kitimat residents will get lots of advice and medical assessments at the Kitimat Community Services’ harm reduction committee’s Health Fair to be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. at Riverlodge.
Kitimat General Hospital interim health services administration Davey MacLennan said there will be between 30 and 40 booths at the fair that will provide free assessments, including fall risk assessments for seniors and chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
“The committee has looked at all aspects of harm reduction, for everything from fall prevention for seniors to road safety,” said MacLennan. “Many people don’t know about all the health provision opportunities in Kitimat.”
The committee consists of representatives from various organizations, including Northern Health, the District of Kitimat, the RCMP, the fire department, Tamitik Status of Women, pharmacists and two substance abuse content experts.
MacLennan said the fair is the ideal opportunity to communicate what the committee does in the community and what services it offers.
The fair will also host interactive floor presentations by the Kick It Up Kitimat prenatal initiative, an update by Northern Health director of specialized services Clare Cooper about how the opioid crisis is affecting the Northwest, a presentation by senior care specialist and UNBC School of Nursing assistant professor Dr. Shannon Freeman, and a presentation on child and youth mental health.
Freeman will be presenting her findings of her research into seniors’ healthcare needs in the Northern Health region.
Entry to the fair is free and doesn’t require registration, and the fair will run until 3 p.m. For more information, contact MacLennan on 250-632-8355.