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Get free medical and dental checkups, other help at Healthy Kids Day

Emmett Morgan acts shy during an examination with dental assistant Erin Williams at the health fair in 2015, when Unity Care NW was called the Interfaith Community Health Center.
Emmett Morgan acts shy during an examination with dental assistant Erin Williams at the health fair in 2015, when Unity Care NW was called the Interfaith Community Health Center. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Get all your family’s healthcare needs assessed free – and learn about family assistance in a variety of areas – in one stop this weekend at Healthy Kids Day.

It’s Unity Care NW’s second straight family health fair, offering doctor and dental checkups; “well child” exams; sports physicals; and activities for children from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at 220 Unity St. No appointment is necessary. Exams are free for those without insurance, and insurance companies are billed for patients who carry insurance.

In addition to the doctor and dental care, several local agencies will have tables that describe the services they offer to families. Participating agencies include the Whatcom Family YMCA, the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, Whatcom Transportation Authority, and the Sportsplex, said Unity Care’s Kristin Ely, outreach and enrollment supervisor.

“It’s great for families, especially large families,” Ely said. “We had a family of four last year, and they were able to get all their medical and dental checkups done at once. (The mom) said it was the best thing.”

WTA will have a bus so kids can practice passenger safety and loading and unloading a bicycle from the front rack. YMCA officials will promote its sports programs and other activities, and the Sportsplex will offer games and competitions to keep children occupied while their siblings are being examined, Ely said.

For information, call 360-676-6177 or go online to unitycarenw.org.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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