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Health screenings, activities for kids offered free at seventh annual event

Preserving health and having fun are the twin goals of the seventh annual Steamtown Health Fair. The health fair, hosted by second-year medical students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) in partnership with Scranton Primary Health Care Center, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine St., Scranton. The event is free and family friendly.

“The health fair will be not only an informative day, but a fun one. This year we have an expanded array of vendors and activities,” said Cecilia Strauch of Factoryville, one of the student organizers of the event. “Returning to the fair are health screenings, an inflatable colon display and new interactive activities hosted by various student clubs.”

In addition to screenings and activities, including a basket raffle, organizations from throughout the community will be onsite to promote well-being and encourage healthy behaviors. Attendees may receive free screenings for blood pressure, hearing and mental health, as well as information on a variety of health-related topics, from diabetes management to substance use disorder education, as well as education on emotional resilience and organ and tissue donation. Geisinger MyCode counselors will also be available for discussions about genetic screenings and the MyCode program. The event will even include a voter registration drive.

This year’s proceeds will benefit Make A Wish Foundation. For more information, visit this page.

 

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

GCSOM Health Fair 2018
The seventh annual Steamtown Health Fair, hosted by second-year medical students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) in partnership with Scranton Primary Health Care Center, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school’s Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine St., Scranton. The family friendly event is free and open to the public. Seen are Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) MD Class of 2021 members, front row, from left: Matthew Busch of Mahwah, N.J.; Cecilia Strauch of Factoryville; Joshua Pettengill of Port Matilda and Jonathan Long of Locust Gap. Second row, from left: Kelly Keenan of Wexford; Haley Lombardo of Holland and Shijo Benjamin of Bensalem. Back row: Michelle Stefanelli of Moscow and Sashank Dusi of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
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