Alcona Health Centers’ Health Fair for Amish Community Focuses on Safety

Nearly 100 members of the Ossineke Amish community—ranging in age from 2 weeks to over 70 years old—attended Alcona Health Centers’ November 15, 2011, health fair focused on safety. Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, social workers, certified medical assistants, and hygienists provided health education, measured blood pressure, administered flu vaccine, and scheduled mammogram and dental appointments.

Representatives from local health and human service agencies taught families how to prevent poisoning, call 9-1-1 in an emergency, and stay safe while traveling by foot, scooter, or buggy. Alcona Health Centers—a Michigan Community Health Center—serves an Amish population of 17 families in Ossineke, Michigan. Each family has an average of five children who walk to school via a busy thoroughfare, and their dark clothing makes them hard to see.

“It has been interesting seeing the modifications that several families have made to their buggies for night traveling, making themselves more visible,” said Paula Kienzle, RN.

Before leaving the health fair, families were given a first aid kit and digital thermometer compliments of ABC Medical sales representative Karen Wilding, toothbrushes, laminated cards with instructions for calling 9-1-1 and the poison control center, as well as gifts for the children.

“The children have come to look forward this event with great anticipation,” said Jaci Fitzgerald, DO.

This is the third health fair that Alcona Health Centers has hosted for the Ossineke Amish community, and plans are already underway for making the next event bigger and better.

To learn more about Alcona Health Centers, go to www.alconahealthcenters.org. For more information about Michigan Community Health Centers visit www.mpca.net.

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