9HEALTH FAIR Frequently Asked Questions
So, you’ve decided you want to at least consider attending a 9Health Fair, but you have some questions. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions from people just like you. If you have questions specific to volunteering or Hosting a 9Health Fair, those answers are below as well.
Q: What screenings are offered at 9Health Fairs? And what are included in those screnings?
A: Every 9Health Fair location offers blood work for a small fee. In addition, all locations offer a variety of free screenings. Please see our Screenings Available page for a detailed desciption of our complete offering of screenings. For screening availability at specific locations, please use our Find a Fair tool to search for screenings by location, date or screenings.
Q: Why should I attend 9Health Fair if I have insurance?
A: Many people find that attending the 9Health Fair provides more information than the providers’ offices typically order. Some participants report that the co-pay to make a doctor’s visit is costs more than attending the 9Health Fair. In addition, there are many free screenings you can take advantage of.
Q: Why should I attend 9Health Fair if I’m healthy?
A: When you own your health, you are taking control of your life and your future. You could gain peace of mind knowing that the way you are feeling is actually what is happening in your body. You could also find a health issue that you did not know about and have no symptoms of. Detecting any health issues before they become severe can add years to your life and save you thousands of dollars.
Q: What if I find something that needs more follow up?
A: 9Health Fair will call you within 24-72 hours if you have a critical or alert out-of-range value in any of your lab results. Our medical professionals will recommend what follow-up care to seek, and can help you find resources to follow-up care if you do not have a medical home.
Q: I thought the 9Health Fair was just for the under privileged. Will I be taking away from someone who really can’t afford to go to the doctor?
A: No. 9Health Fair is for everyone and we have enough supplies and capacity to serve everyone who attends. Our mission is to reach out to as many people as possible to help them take ownership of their health. We have a special voucher program for those who cannot afford even the low cost of 9Health Fair.
Q: How do I find a 9Health Fair near me?
A: To find a 9Health Fair near you, visit the Find a Fair page. You can search for a fair by city, county, zip code, date, or screening. You can also call our hotline at 303-698-3799 or 800-332-3078.
Q: Who can participate in a 9Health Fair?
A: The screenings at a 9Health Fair are designed for adults; therefore, participants must be at least 18 years of age. Blood cannot be drawn on anyone under 18, even with parental consent.
Q: Do I need to fast for any of these screenings?
A: Based on the most current research findings, the 9Health Fair Medical Advisory Committee has determined that fasting is not required (optional) for blood screenings. People with diabetes should not fast. Check with your medical provider for specific recommendations. You are encouraged to drink plenty of water and continue to take prescription medications.
Q: Why does 9News have a health fair?
A: 9News is our media partner, but 9Health Fair is a separate non-profit organization with the sole mission of providing people with the tools they need to take responsibility for their own health. 9Health Fair was started as a community service project of 9News in 1980, and 9Health Fair became an independent non-profit in 1987.
Q: Why do 9Health Fairs operate only in the morning?
A: Because most of our participants receive the Blood Chemistry screening, for which a 12-hour fast is recommended, it is believed that running fairs in the morning is more practical.
Q: Can I get a physical, eyeglass prescription or prescription for medication at a 9Health Fair?
Q: Do I need to provide my social security number at the health fair?
A: No. Your social security number is not required. However, if you wish to receive a multiple-year report, showing your results for this year and the past two years, you must provide both your social security number and your date of birth each year. If you have not provided this information in the past, by providing it this year you will be starting the process for receipt of multiple-year reports in future years.
Q: What methods of payment are accepted?
A: Cash and personal checks are accepted at all 9Health Fair sites. Credit cards (MasterCard and Visa only) are accepted at all sites in the Denver Metro Area and limited Statewide Sites.
Q: Do I need an appointment?
A: No appointments are necessary; participants are served on a first come, first served basis.
Q: Can I fill out the paperwork ahead of time and save time at the fair?
A: Most of our 9Health Fair sites offer online registration. This allows you to complete the participant form and pay for screenings online. You print your participant form on your home printer and take it with you to the health fair. However, this does not necessarily save you time at the fair. The main advantage of registering online is that your results will be available to you within a week of your participation at the fair at a secure medical repository online. Further, your results will be available for you to access them at any time. By using the Find a Fair option on our web site, you can determine if the site you wish to attend is offering the online registration option. Once you register to attend a particular fair, your registration is only good for that site. Further, online registration payments are non-refundable.
Q: When will I receive my blood screening results if I don’t register online?
A: You will receive your results within 3 to 4 weeks. Two copies of your results will be mailed to you at the address you provided on your participant form.
Q: How much time should I allow to participate in a 9Health Fair?
A: Most participants spend about two hours learning about their health. Depending on your interests and the site you choose, your 9Health Fair experience can take anywhere from 30 minutes to four hours.
AFTER Fair Frequently Asked Questions
Q: It’s been more than 4 weeks since I attended the 9Health Fair and I still have not received my blood screening results. What should I do?
A: Call our office (303-698-4455 or 800-332-3078) and ask to speak to someone in the Client Services Department. They will be able to help you. If you have the yellow copy of your participant form from the fair, please have that available when you call.
Q: Can I get another copy of my report?
A: Yes. Call our office (303-698-4455 or 800-332-3078) and ask to speak to someone in the Client Services Department. They will be able to help you. If you have the yellow copy of your participant form from the fair, please have that available when you call.
Q: I lost my receipt. Can you mail me a copy?
A: Yes. Call our office (303-698-4455 or 800-332-3078) and ask to speak to someone in the Client Services Department. They will be able to help you. If you have your results, please have them available when you call.
Q: Does Medicare or my insurance cover the costs of screening?
A: No. Medicare does not cover the cost of screenings provided by a 9Health Fair. Since insurance companies have different requirements for coverage, you should consult your insurance provider regarding reimbursement of screening costs.
Q: Does 9Health Fair have procedure/diagnostic/CPT codes so I can get reimbursed by my insurance?
A: No. 9Health Fair does not perform any procedures or provide any diagnoses.
Q: I’m concerned about the security of my results. Do you provide my screening results to insurance providers or the medical information bureau?
A: No. We do not provide your results to anyone or any organization without your consent.
VOLUNTEER Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of volunteer positions are available at 9Health Fair, and what does it take to be 9Health Fair volunteers?
A: There are a variety of volunteer positions requiring different skill levels available at 9Health Fair sites and in the 9Health Fair office. Following is a description of each position.
- Day-of-Fair Medical Volunteers: Medical professionals are needed to volunteer from 6:00 AM until 1:00 PM during a 9Health Fair (or multiple 9Health Fairs). Phlebotomists draw blood, medical professionals perform many screenings and staff the "Talk with a Health Professional" station. We need Registered Nurses, Nurses Aides, Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, Licensed Practical Nurses, Physician's Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Medical Doctors, and many others.
- Day-of-Fair Non-Medical Volunteers: We need volunteers who are willing to commit at least one morning from 6:00 AM until 1:00 PM during a 9Health Fair (or mutliple 9Health Fairs). Non-medical volunteers carry out a variety of responsibilities including registration, directing participants through the fair, language interpretation, serving refreshments and much more.
- Site Medical Coordinator: Work on a team that plans a 9Health Fair! Oversee all medical aspects of the fair and manage placement of medical screeners. Qualifications: Medical professional. Professional requirement: MD, DO, NP, Certified Paramedic, RN or PA, EMT, LPN, DMD or DDS. If you are interested in this position, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Department - no online sign-up available.
- Site Non-Medical Coordinator: Work on a team that plans a 9Health Fair! Oversee all the non-medical volunteers, manage volunteers on our website, communicate with volunteers and help recruit future volunteers. If you are intersted in this position, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Department - no online sign-up available.
- Site Publicity Coordinators: Press releases, social media, newspapers, digital advertising, flyers...do these words sound exhilirating to you? Promoting a 9Health Fair is important to your community! Responsibilities include creating a publicity plan, using social media, attending site meetings, and arranging for local publicity tactics to be carried out.
- District Team Leaders: Join our elite leadership team! These positions require excellent organizational and leadership skills, along with experience leading meetings and experience training and supervising other volunteers. If you are interested in information about these positions, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Department - no online sign-up available.
- Group Volunteers: We need groups of volunteers who are willing to commit at least one morning (6:00 AM until 1:00 PM) during the 9Health Fair season. Volunteers carry out a variety of responsibilities including registration, directing traffic flow, language interpretation, serving refreshments and much more.
- Interpreters: In an effort to ensure that anyone can participate in a 9Health Fair, we need interpreters in many languages to guide participants through the fair. We seek interpreters who speak Spanish, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, American Sign Language, Mandarin and many others.
- Medical Office Volunteers - Critical and Alert Calls: During and after the fairs, medical volunteers help us make critical and alert calls to participants whose test results are outside of normal ranges. Volunteers are needed anytime between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday, during the month of April. These shifts take place at the 9Health Fair office in Denver.
- Hotline Volunteers: Help us answer our busy hotline phones during the 9Health Fair season! Participants call to inquire about where they can find a fair in their community, which screenings are available, etc. These shifts take place at the 9Health Fair office in Denver. Shift times vary throughout the day. We provide breakfast and/or lunch; training takes place on site.
- Special Events Volunteers: Join our Community Outreach Volunteers at events throughout the year and be a 9Health Fair ambassador at specific events. Please contact our Volunteer Engagement Department for more information - no online sign-up available.
- Year-Round Volunteers: If you are interested in one of our year-round volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Engagement Department for more information!
Q: How can I get more information about health, screenings and health access before I volunteer?
A: Your role is vital to 9Health Fair! We have an online education course funded by a grant from the Colorado Trust. Access this course and more information about what you can expect.
HOSTING A FAIR Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I coordinate a 9Health Fair in my community?
A: 9Health Fair is Colorado's largest and most trusted non-profit health fair program whose sole mission is to advance health awareness and provide people with the tools they need to take responsibility for their own health. Coordinating a 9Health Fair in your community not only allows you to be a part of this important Colorado tradition, but it also allows for everyone in your community to impact each other's health and wellness. For more information on hosting a 9Health Fair, call 303-698-4455 and ask for the Director of Business Development.
Q: What is the job of 9Health Fair Site Coordinator?
A: 9Health Fair Site Coordinators act as 9Health Fair ambassadors in their community. They are expected to uphold 9Health Fair's quality program while engaging as many people as possible from their community to volunteer and participate in 9Health Fair. This also includes recruiting a 9Health Fair site leadership team. The Site Coordinator serves as the liaison between 9Health Fair and site volunteers.
Q: What kind of help do I need from the community to host a successful 9Health Fair?
A: To host a successful 9Health Fair, you need plenty of volunteer support from your entire community. This includes medical support, especially from volunteers who are able to draw blood (phlebotomists). Also, you will a need a facility that can host a large number of people and someone who can help publicize the fair throughout your entire community. Encouraging the leaders of your community (Mayor, Chamber of Commerce, City Council, Public Health representatives, etc.) to support and participate in your 9Health Fair will improve your volunteer and participant turnout for your fair.
Q: Where do I find volunteers in my community?
A: The best place to identify 9Health Fair volunteers is with your family and friends. Also, service club organizations like the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Optimist Club, and organizations like area schools, universities and churches are great resources for non-medical volunteers. Medical volunteers can be found at hospitals, doctors' offices, dentists' offices, nursing or dental schools, area ambulance companies, fire departments and more. 9Health Fair will also help support your volunteer recruitment. Volunteers that sign up for your site through the website will be forwarded on to you on a weekly basis and 9Health Fair leadership will be in touch with you to help support your volunteer needs.
Q: Are there specific criteria I should keep in mind while identifying my 9Health Fair site?
A: Yes. When looking for your specific site, keep the following criteria in mind:
- Non-carpeted area for blood draw
- Safe/adequate lighting
- Adequate/appropriate space
- Safe physical floor plan
- Facility support/cooperation
- Adequate parking
- Sufficient number of tables/chairs
- Public restrooms
- Handicapped accommodations
Q: Are there certain locations that make the best 9Health Fair sites?
A: No. We have found that a fair can be a success in everything from barns to schools to hospitals. Part of our application process involves a site visit by one of our staff or veteran volunteers to ensure adequate space and safety. 9Health Fair will do everything we can to make sure that your fair is a success and a beneficial event in your community.
Q: Who can I contact if I need help recruiting volunteers in my community?
A: If you need help recruiting volunteers, please contact our Volunteer Engagement Department.