Funny clowns, animal balloons, games and more arrive in Navasota on Saturday, April 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Navasota Intermediate School as part of Health Circus, a medical education service program that provides health services and information to families in rural area. Health Circus offers free health services such as immunizations, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid insurance enrollment and, healthy child screening, as well as nutrition and developmental information. Health Circus’ services include free dental screenings, which are provided courtesy of Blinn School of Dental Hygiene. There will be free diabetes and cholesterol screenings. Also available will be information on on gun safety, water safety, substance abuse prevention and more. Making a special appearance at the Circus will be the Texas A&M University MSC Opas Jr. puppet show, along with educational activities for everyone to enjoy. Special items, door prizes and school supplies will be given to those who receive immunizations.
In February, Health Circus appeared in Caldwell, and, in March, the Circus was a main attraction in College Station at the College of Medicine Open House. Health Circus activities are designed to educate the people of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison and Robertson counties on the importance of immunizations, regular health and dental care, dietary habits and financial options when choosing the best health care. The Health Circus team of medical students stress the importance of prevention as they work to increase the percentage of children who are immunized in small, rural counties.
Health Circus is provided by The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine and Blinn College Allied Health Programs and sponsored by the Texas Medical Association Foundation, Grimes St. Joseph Health Center, United Way Brazos Valley, Texas Department of Health, Head Start Program, Texas Medical Association, the College Station Medical Center and the A&M System Health Science Center.

The Texas A&M University System Health Science Center provides the state with health education, outreach and research. Its five components, located in communities throughout Texas, are the College of Medicine, the Baylor College of Dentistry, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the School of Rural Public Health.

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