Free health fair for Ag workers, also open to the community in Modesto March 11 & 12

A free Health Fair will be held on March 11 and 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Modesto Centre Plaza, 1000 L St. in Modesto.

The event is presented by Ag Safe Food & Farm, as part of their ACTIVATE20 conference and offers free health screenings for all ages, with a focus on farmworkers.

“The event is totally free,” said Amy Wolfe, “We aren’t even asking about insurance. Even the parking is free in the public lots at K Street and L street.”

Wolfe is president and CEO of AgSafe, whose headquarters are in Modesto.

AgSafe Food&Farms’ mission is to provide practical health and safety education to the agricultural community, including employers and farm workers, as well as those in packing, processing and food manufacturing facilities.

Their annual conference has been in Monterey the past 16 years, and this is the first time that it will be in Modesto and its first health fair.

“We decided we wanted to bring the conference home to highlight our educational center and all the good things that Modesto has to offer,” said Wolfe.

She said they wanted to add the health fair, in part, because of the new regulations for farm workers to use N-95 respirator masks for protection against wildfire smoke and some pesticides.

Wolfe said the use of N-95 masks has some additional challenges for individuals with health problems, such as asthma and heart disease.

“If we learn about use of N-95s and underlying health conditions, wouldn’t it be great to offer other health services in the same place?” said Wolfe.

This led to partnering with Golden Valley Health Centers and funding form Legacy Health Endowment to create the health fair.

“AgSafe hosts an annual conference every year and they wanted to add the health fair so they reached out to Golden Valley Health Centers,” said Lise Talbott, director of clinical education and outreach at GVHC.

GVHC will provide personnel, including Spanish speakers, for the event and also have a mobile medical unit on site to perform some medical testing such as blood pressure checks.

The coronavirus outbreak has impacted the number of N-95 masks that will be available for the fit testing.

“We have secured a limited number of N-95 masks to do fit testing and medical certification,” said Wolfe.

She said a few masks will be available on Wednesday and Thursday, but they will likely be gone early in the day.

One of 19 stations at the fair will be “Ask-A-Nurse,” where a nurse will answer visitors’ health questions and provide brief health evaluations.

Some of the onsite screenings include retinopathy (eye) exams, developmental screening for children, podiatry care and lab testing for blood glucose and cholesterol, if indicated.

The event will also include health information, cooking demonstrations using local farm fresh produce, and Zumba classes as part of health lifestyles education.

“We wanted to help our employers with all of the new regs and help our farm workers with as many resources as we could,” said Wolfe.

For additional information about the event, visit: https://activate20.org/, and scroll to the middle of the page.

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