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Tulalip Health Fair provides health screenings, information


August 1, 2018 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

Julie Coando, Tulalip Health Clinic medical assistant, right, takes a blood pressure reading of Selena Fryberg at the Tulalip Health Fair on July 27.

Tulalip locals came out to receive health screenings and information about services at the annual Tulalip Health Fair on July 27.

"This is our annual health fair," said Jennie Fryberg, who works for the Karen I. Fryberg Tulalip Health Clinic and is the main organizer for the event.

"We have a bunch of information booths about vendors that provide services for our people within Snohomish County," she said.

Vendors provided information about food programs, exercise programs and health-related organizations that can help out.

"I love coming to this every year," said Selena Fryberg.

"I get a lot of valuable information and I see people from their work places that I don't always get to see," she said.

The event also provides a number of free screenings to participants, including prostate screenings (done through blood draw), cholesterol screenings and A1C screenings (which measure glucose/blood sugar levels).

Amanda Green, part of the Tulalip Nursing Team, said the event helps make people comfortable with the screenings.

"I just like the awareness it brings, especially for something like these blood sugar readings. It doesn't seem so scary in a situation like this," she said.

Jennie Fryberg said the convenience also helps get people to do their health screenings.

"Our men don't always like to come in and get that screening done," she said. "Here they don't have to wait for an appointment, you just come in and get it done."

Usually the health fair is able to catch a few cases of cancer in the early stages each year, she said.

"Hopefully we can catch something early so they can get help in a timely manner. In the past, we have had a few positive results for prostate cancer and they were able to go in, get the help they needed and now they're cancer free," she said.

"If we can save one life today, we've done our job," she said.

Bloodworks Northwest is also at the event every year so the event helps collect blood as well, Jennie Fryberg said.

The health fair was started more than 30 years ago by Karen Fryberg, long-time health administrator for the Tulalip Tribes, namesake of the Tulalip Health Clinic and mother of Jennie Fryberg.

"We're very grateful to have her mission continuing and I'm happy to keep her dream alive and continue this preventative work," said Jennie Fryberg.


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