People who attended the Homer Rotary Club Health Fair last Saturday might have walked out of Homer High School feeling just a bit healthier. The gym and commons were full of booths for the fair, which returned to being an in-person event for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic in 2022.
Booths from all sorts of businesses, nonprofits and public health providers were present. Representatives gave out resources, information, and even free trials of some of their healing methods, such as massage techniques.
Shea Hoffman and Morgan Owyer of the South Peninsula Hospital’s division for medication for assisted addiction treatment were one group at the event.
The pair were passing out free Narcan kits, which are designed to reverse the effects of an opoid overdose.
On the question of returning to being in-person, Hoffman said it was “incredible” being able to talk to people face to face again and that it, “fosters better exchange.”
Jane Rohr and Eva Mullineaux of the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic were also glad to be attending the event in-person.
Mullineaux said being in-person makes it “a lot easier to connect with people,” which enables her to spread information more easily about her clinic’s available resources.
It was the first time the Homer Rotary Club Health Fair took place since the beginning of the pandemic, and it looks to maintain its status as an annual event into the foreseeable future.