Turnout was not as strong as hoped for, but Good Shepherd Community Clinic, Inc. Executive Director Teresa Myers believed Saturday’s Community Health Fair was a good start for future success. With an hour left in the fair, nearly 40 people had been able to take advantage of a free health check. The clinic was held in conjunction with the Ardmore Lions Club and MAMA Knows, Inc.
“It’s not as good as hoped, but it’s better than no one coming,” she said. “We want to do it again and we are already thinking about ways to improve. We can do it different and we can do it earlier in the year or later in the fall.”
Regardless of big numbers, the fair did provide a valuable asset for lower-income families to receive a health check-up. Those attending were able to undergo screenings within the clinic as well as the Lions Club Mobile Health Unit. Myers said her staff of 15 with family members were aided by Lions Club volunteers, and Dr. Jesse Storts Jr. and three of his staff members.
Myers said she would like to add other assets for future events such as a mammogram truck and dental van, as well as have the mobile truck from the Oklahoma Blood Institute.
“I think it was a very successful trial run to see how it will go and what people prefer,” she said.