OGDEN -- A Wellness Fair for people with serious mental illness will be held Thursday at Weber Human Services.
The fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon at Weber Human Services, 237 26th St. A light brunch will be served.
The fair, hosted by Weber Human Services and Midtown Community Health Center, will include blood pressure checks, glucose tests, body mass index readings, cholesterol and triglyceride screenings as well as immunizations. Participants also will have an opportunity to meet providers and sign up for medical classes that include yoga, nutrition and smoking cessation.
"This is our first health fair," said Midtown Community Health Center Executive Director Lisa Nichols. "It's a friendly and nonthreatening way to introduce potential patients to the new clinic."
A $1.6 million grant awarded by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration last month made it possible for the two organizations to collaborate to treat the most seriously mentally ill patients. Midtown providers will treat the physical condition of patients, while Weber Human Services will treat their mental needs, all under one roof.
The Wellness Fair will help community members with serious mental health concerns establish a medical home in a safe environment, Nichols said.
Kevin Eastman, executive director of Weber Human Services, said people with mental illness die on average 25 years younger than the rest of the population. Having an established health home for these individuals could help to extend their lives.
"Currently we spend a lot of time coordinating care with physicians all over Weber County," he said. "These are services not billable to Medicaid and cost a great deal of money that cannot be recouped."
Eastman said instead of driving people to their medical appointments, case managers will be able to help patients plan and follow through with their physicians. A full service pharmacy and laboratory are also located at the new clinic.
For more information, call Shauna at 801-625-3813.