MARTIN – Residents from throughout Floyd County gathered at the Martin Center Stage area on Wednesday for the annual Floyd County Community Health Fair presented by Big Sandy Area Community Action Program and sponsored by the City of Martin Tourism Commission.
The event was free and open to the public. Participants had the chance to talk with various healthcare organizations geared toward improving the health and well-being of Floyd County citizens. Individuals had the opportunity to have health screenings and the chance to win door prizes.
Representatives with Big Sandy CAP were also on hand to assist individuals looking for employment and discuss how they could assist in their search. Representatives were available to assist individuals prepare a resume as well as go through mock interviews.
“It is nice to have someone that will go over possible interview questions and discuss appropriate answers,” said Melanie Brown of Allen. “When a person has worked at the same job for a long time or maybe was a stay at home parent, going to a job interview can be terrifying. I think practicing possible questions and answers can be the difference in getting hired or getting a no thanks. I am going to take advantage of these services for sure.”
In addition to the employment and training programs available, the weatherization program that help families weatherize their home and prepare for the upcoming cold weather was a part of the Floyd County event.
Health insurance providers were also present to assist individuals learn about insurance options. Passport Health Insurance, WellCare and Anthem representatives handed out materials detailing their programs and Mountain Comprehensive Care’s Home Place Clinic was available to provide free blood pressure screenings. Big Sandy Health Care provided AIC screenings and dental hygienists were on hand and available in coordination with the Mud Creek Clinic.
Additional groups available to answer questions and provide information were the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, the Kentucky Office for the Blind, Carl D. Perkins Job Corp, The Healing Program, the Floyd County Extension Office, the Veterans ADM Medical Center, and Mountain Comprehensive Care.
Officials from Martin City Tourism and Big Sandy Community Action Program confirmed the event was a success with many Floyd County residents taking advantage of the event.
Andrea Saddler is a reporter for The Floyd County Times. She can be reached at (606) 886-8506.