CARE Fair provides medical care for uninsured, low-income Utahns

Posted at 9:15 PM, Jul 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-13 00:04:26-04

SALT LAKE CITY - The Junior League of Salt Lake City is hosting its 21st annual Community Assistance Resource Event, also known as the CARE Fair.

The health event, put on with the help of the community and volunteers, helps out hundreds of low-income and uninsured Utah families every year.

"The Junior League fair is an opportunity for people in the community to come get medical and dental services entirely for free in one place and one location at one time," said Kristin Kraus, president of the Junior League.

Services provided to the community include physical exams, immunizations, vision and hearing screenings, mental health screenings and dental exams.

"Just a way of giving back to the community. There's a tremendous amount of dental need in Salt Lake, a lot of patients don't have the means to get even the basic care," said Dr. Charles Walker.

According to the Utah Department of Health, 32 percent of Utahns living under the poverty line lack medical insurance, and organizers for the CARE Fair say it's a critical service for the Salt Lake community.

"Last year we served 2,500 people and this year we hope to increase that by 10 percent," Kraus said.

The fair will continue on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Horizonte Training and Instruction Center located at 1234 South main Street in Salt Lake City.