An Interview with Dr. John Culp on the Importance of Health Fairs

By Betty Boyd

Having good health is a vital part of today’s lifestyle. Neglecting your health can have many negative consequences. The Health Wagon is having is its first health fair of 2019 on March 6-7.

Dr. John Culp is a family physician on the faculty as a professor of Family Medicine at Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University. He has been volunteering at the various health fairs for The Health Wagon since 1986.

Dr. Culp also takes along medical students who are fulfilling their educational requirements. It is a great opportunity for them to learn! These students help in the screening of the patient to include their history. This is a good way to see where a patient stands in their overall well-being. The health fair is a big event for the Wise and Dickenson County communities. These screenings include lab tests, blood chemistry, pap smears, mammograms, chest x-rays, pulmonary tests to name just a few. They are all free of charge and this is a great way for you to get to know where you stand in your health journey.

Dr. Culp stresses that communication is a big factor, and also observation while taking the patient’s history. Most of the people that come to the fair are either underinsured or have no insurance at all. This is a good way to get a better understanding of what is before them, and how The Health Wagon can be there for each individual.

The goal of the health fair is to have an active outreach to the surrounding community. There are many volunteers that help in making sure that this is a success for all involved. So, come to the health fair and get started on the path to a better you. For more information see the attached flyer.