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Posted on: May 2, 2023

Free Health Prevention Services Offered at One-Day East Whatcom Health Fair

Second Annual Event at East Whatcom Regional Resource Center a Collaboration of Local Health Organizations, Nonprofits, and Community Members

On Saturday, May 20, the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center will transform into a healthcare center, offering community members free health, vision, hearing, dental services and more at the Second Annual Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair! 

Local providers including VSP Vision Care, PeaceHealth, Sea Mar Community Health Centers, and many others have come together to offer multiple free services and resources to the community. No insurance is needed. There will be live entertainment, a free nutritious lunch from Common Threads Food Truck and healthy snacks available, as well as activities specific to children, elders and folks of all stages and ages of health. 

Whatcom County Health and Community Services (WCHCS) will have a table at this event. The WCHCS table will provide the following services:

  • All childhood, school-required immunizations. 
  • Adult immunizations for uninsured/underinsured including Tdap, Hep A, and Hep B. 
  • Health testing services including Hep C and HIV testing. 
  • Syringe Services including Narcan distribution and education, clean syringe distribution, and Fentanyl test strips.

This event honors the late Catherine Mahaffey, a community member invested in the health and wellbeing of her community. This event will bring much needed health services to the region free of cost. 

Who: All East Whatcom community members are welcome. Individuals interested in receiving basic medical screenings, dental procedures, vision checks, and other services and activities are asked to RSVP by visiting or calling 360-599-3944 

What: Second Annual Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair. 

Available No Cost Services & Activities: 

  • Transportation to and from the event with RSVP.
  • Health check ups.
  • Sports physicals. 
  • Blood pressure testing. 
  • Blood sugar testing. 
  • Vision exam and glasses.
  • Hearing screenings.
  • Dental screenings. 
  • Youth bike safety course. 
  • Bounce House Health Challenge.
  • Nooksack storytelling with Tamara Cooper-Woodrich. 
  • Free resources, education and giveaways.

Where: East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Rd, Maple Falls 98266 

When: Saturday, May 20, 2023, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This event is made possible through the collaboration support of the following agencies: Sea Mar Community Health Center, United Healthcare of Washington, PeaceHealth, Medical Teams International, VSP Vision Care, Health Ministries Network, Opportunity Council, Whatcom County Health and Community Services, Molina Healthcare of Washington, Northwest Regional Council, Whatcom County Library System, the Area Health Education Center of Western Washington, and many additional local service providers offering resources, education, and giveaways. 

Attendance. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Individuals interested in attending to receive basic medical screenings, dental procedures, transportation, hearing and vision checks, and other services and activities should RSVP at or call 360-599-3944. Interpretation for Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian will be available on site. 

Volunteers. Volunteers are still needed to support various aspects of the event including: child care supervision, parking attendant, intake support, clean up,  and more. Please let us know if you can come out and support by following this link:

Healthcare providers, businesses, or individuals who are interested in supporting this free event for the community should contact Jessica Bee and Aly Robinson ([email protected], [email protected]). 

Cost: This event is free for everyone to attend and no insurance is necessary

Donations. If you are unable to volunteer at the event but would still like to support, donations of kid’s bikes, helmets, event tents, and monetary funds are also appreciated. Donations of youth bikes and scooters, ages 2 to 18 years old, can be delivered to the Opportunity Council’s East Whatcom Regional Resource Center or 1419 Cornwall Ave, Bellingham Opportunity Council Admin Office to be used in a safety course run by Whatcom Smart Trips. To give a financial donation to help make this event possible, please donate online at, email Jessica Bee at [email protected] or call 360-599-3944. 

For accommodations such as transportation to and from the event, ASL interpretation, mobility device support, please send a request to Jessica Bee ([email protected]) by noon on Monday, May 15. Please note: while every effort will be made to support guests accessing care, there is no guarantee of service.

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