2009-11-05 / Front Page

Health Careers, Wellness Fair Set For November 12

General public, students invited to attend
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Plans are being finalized for next Thursday’s Health Careers and Wellness Fair, an outreach project arranged by Fulton County Employment and Training in hopes of educating youths and the general public on health-related career opportunities, healthy lifestyles and local services found within the community.

Set for November 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fulton Theatre in McConnellsburg, the event is being held in conjunction with Health Careers Week. According to Employment and Training career placement specialist Stephanie Bard, the fair’s target audience is not just limited to middle and high school students but also the general public as a whole.

Bard said the 2009 fair has been expanded from prior events in hopes of garnering more community support while also spreading the word about area health-related businesses.

Among the core goals of the governor’s program are “educating visitors about the numerous career opportunities in healthcare related fields; exploring healthcare career training options; recognizing the importance of a healthy lifestyle, safe choices and preventative care; and showcasing local healthcare providers and the services they provide to the community.”

A total of 16 organizations and businesses are scheduled to be on hand with displays and literature, with many offering additional presentations and demonstrations. Fulton County Medical Center, Bard stated, will have representatives available from a variety of departments such as occupational therapy, pharmacy, physical therapy and surgical services, who will give insight on required training and daily duties. In addition, free blood pressure screenings and pulse oxygen testing will be offered.

Literature and information pertinent to counseling, psychology and mental health services will be offered by Fulton Behavioral Health Services. Staff will also describe their daily functions and training required for their field.

Tri-State Community Health Center and Summit Health, which oversees Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals as well as various other practices, will also be on hand. Summit Health, Bard noted, works closely with the state standards for career and work, and is available to help teachers integrate their courses into their existing curriculum.

Colleges slated to be in attendance include Kaplan University Hagerstown, Hagerstown Community College and Allegany College of Maryland, while members of the McConnellsburg and Needmore volunteer fire companies will offer ambulance tours and discuss necessary training for jobs associated with the companies.

Business ranging from Help- Mates Inc. and Community Resources for Independence (CRI) to MJ’s Massage Therapy and Michelle’s Certified Massage Therapy and Spa will be offering literature and an array of demonstrations such as complimentary neck massages and paraffin dips.

Others to be on site for the fair include Fulton County Center for Families, Fulton County Chapter of Safe Kids and Pennsylvania Department of Health, which will giving complimentary skin cancer screening/evaluations.

Various door prizes and giveaways will also be awarded throughout the four-hour event.

Residents or school officials needing additional input regarding this informative event are asked to contact Employment and Training Services of Fulton County by calling 717-485-5131.

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