Thorndale hosts health fair

From left, Milam Health Department hostesses Monica Stewart, Maribel Gonzales, Christine Box, Sara Sanders, Rae Beth Summers, Maria Reyes. From left, Milam Health Department hostesses Monica Stewart, Maribel Gonzales, Christine Box, Sara Sanders, Rae Beth Summers, Maria Reyes. THORNDALE—The Milam County Health department and Thorndale Police Department hosted a health fair at the Chamber of Commerce building Saturday.

Health department nurses performed blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, and provided healthy eating information, along with information on your vaccines preventable diseases.

IMMTRAC—Maribel Gonzales, ImmTrac Specialist for Milam County, provided information on how ImmTrac and the important role of obtaining shot records anywhere in Texas.

ImmTrac, the Texas Immunization registry, is a free service offered by the Department of State Health Services and is a secure and confidential registry available to all Texans.

ImmTrac safely consolidates and stores immunization information electronically in one centralized system.

Texas law requires written consent for ImmTrac participation and limits access to the Registry to only those individuals who have been authorized by law. ImmTrac contains several million immunization records and continues to rapidly grow with increase participation.

For more information contact Gonzales at (254) 697-7039.

EMERGENCY—Also present was Monica Stewart, Public Health Preparedness/ SNS Coordinator for Milam County.

She presented information on how to prepare for a disaster, natural or manmade, in the public health arena, emphasizing the role of volunteers.

Stewart is currently updating all volunteer information and is working on recruitment of volunteers to enhance the preparedness program.

She also hosted an early morning training at St. John’s Lutheran Church attended by all of the local churches and Thorndale ISD.

Stewart said intent of the Public Health Preparedness program is to save lives and safeguard communities from public health threats. ‘ “When we as a community are prepared to detect or respond rapidly to threats, we are better protected,” she said.

“As we all know, this not only takes communities to come together but all of Milam County as a whole to be better prepared. We need to increase our list of volunteers to be trained and to be ready to respond” she said.

“I know we will all come together when a disaster happens but, our volunteers need to know what job tasks will be required and a better understanding of what role as a volunteer might be needed,” she added.

Stewart, and Emergency Management Coordinator, Susan Reinders, will host a training open to all Milam residents interested in becoming a volunteer from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 28, at Bea’s Kitchen in Cameron.

For more information on any topic above contact Stewart at (254) 697-7092 or email

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