Volunteer Doctors, Dentists Giving Free Screenings and Check-ups At CARE Fair

Jul 12, 2019, 5:47 PM | Updated: 5:49 pm

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah –  If you or your kids haven’t seen a doctor or dentist in a while, or ever, you have a great chance tonight or tomorrow.  Volunteer doctors, dentists and students in health care are giving free screenings and check-ups for medical issues that might otherwise go ignored.  This is the 27th year the Junior League of Salt Lake City is putting on the Community Assistance and Resource Event (CARE) Fair at the Horizonte Center on Main Street.

Everyone from infants to the elderly can come in and get critical dental and medical screenings.

“There are a lot of people in our communities who are uninsured and don’t have access to medical care,” said Dr. June Steely,  director of the CARE Fair for the Junior League.  If not for this free, two-day clinic, many of today’s patients would have no health care at all.  “We bring it all together in one place here.”

Carlos Padilla came in for a health screening because he’s a boxer and wants to make sure he’s fit.  But, the busy 20-year-old doesn’t have time for appointments with the doctor and paperwork.

“Not only that, you have to worry about expenses,” he said.  “A physical exam can range anywhere from $50-$100.”

That’s why he came in for free health screenings that he knows plenty of his peers are skipping.

“It’s recommended that I get a yearly check up, especially at my age,” he said. “Twenty-years-old, you never know what’s going to happen.”

No ID or insurance is required at the fair.  The idea is to help families needing routine medical, dental and eye care get the attention they need before it’s too late.

“If we can find a small medical problem and help them fix it before turns into a big problem, then it is a lot less expensive to deal with and they don’t suffer as much, of course,” said Steely.

Some patients are getting their first healthcare ever, others are seeing a doctor or a dentist for the first time in a long time. Too many Utah families don’t get the basic healthcare they need because they face language, financial, or transportation barriers.

 “To be able to do it for a population that needs it and deserves it so much really means a lot to me,” said Kaitlyn Glaspie, a nursing student, who said she couldn’t imagine a better way to spend her Friday.

Last year, more than 2600 patients came in for care.  Dental care is among the greatest needs.

“People come in, it hurts, they’re not happy,” said Dr. Lee My, a dentist volunteering his time and expertise.  “But, when they come out, you’ve done something for them, they’re happy, confident, smiling.”

The Junior League even has vouchers for follow up medical and dental care that exceeds what the healthcare professionals can do here today.

Last year, more than 2600 patients came in for care, and organizers expect at least that many this year, too.  The volunteers who are donating their services, and the financial donors who helped put on this event, are committed to helping those in our community who need it the most.

All services are first come, first served and no appointments are necessary.  Free childcare is provided while parents are getting helped.  There are translators for several different languages to help the immigrant and refugee population, who often don’t have access to healthcare.

The CARE Fair is open tonight until 8 o’clock.  Tomorrow the fair will open again at the Horizonte Instruction and Training Center at 1234 Main Street in Salt Lake City 9 AM through 5 PM.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Utah State Prisoin...
Shara Park

Governor, lawmakers to address 3 inmate attacks on guards at Utah Prisons

The maximum-security unit at the Utah State Prison remained closed to visitors Monday after an inmate attacked a correctional officer on Saturday.
20 hours ago
Pat Reavy

Utah man accused of drugging woman’s tea, sexually extorting her

A Tooele County man who police say put a sleeping pill in a woman's tea without her knowledge and told her she could not stay at his residence unless she had sex with him, is facing criminal charges.
20 hours ago
Utahns filling up their cars with gas. (KSL-TV)...
Matt Rascon

Gas prices jump 26 cents in one week, Utah governor blames supply

Gas prices have shot up more than usual in January, with increases Utahns generally see in March, and Gov. Cox said closed refineries and increased demand is to blame.
20 hours ago
(Shelby Lofton/KSL TV)...
Shelby Lofton

Biologist explains why visitors are finding dead birds at Great Salt Lake shoreline

Thousands of birds have died this winter, many now washing ashore at the Great Salt Lake. A biologist explains what's causing the birds to die and what's being done to take care of the issue.
20 hours ago
Elif Ekin was born in Turkey, and now owns and operates Kahve Cafe in Salt Lake City. (KSL-TV)...
Jed Boal

‘It’s devastating,’ Utahn born in Turkey expresses her concerns after 7.8 earthquake

An SLC café owner was born not too far from the epicenter of the 7.8 Turkey earthquake and still has family and friends in that area.
20 hours ago
Weber Area 911 dispatch...
Mike Anderson

How Live 911 is saving lives in Weber County

The Weber County Sheriff's Office says it’s shortening response times by letting deputies hear 911 calls as they come in.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

vintage photo of lighting showroom featuring chandeliers, lamps, wall lights and mirrors...
Lighting Design

History of Lighting Design | Over 25 Years of Providing Utah With the Latest Trends and Styles

Read about the history of Lighting Design, a family-owned and operated business that paved the way for the lighting industry in Utah.
Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Volunteer Doctors, Dentists Giving Free Screenings and Check-ups At CARE Fair