outrechThe Masonic Homes' Outreach Program is hosting a series of Health Fairs at sites within each of the seven Masonic Regions across the Commonwealth. They began in October and will continue into April. Each event is being coordinated with the respective District Deputy Grand Masters and local lodge volunteers in each region. Local resources and health care providers will be featured, as well as agencies and associations which offer various degrees of support for Masonic and non-Masonic families.

Each Health Fair is designed to bring contacts and opportunities to local communities. Information, literature, and hands-on seminars offer education on topics such as Alzheimer's Disease, Prostate Health, Caregiving, Women's Health Issues including Breast Cancer, Safety in the Home, Long-Term Care Insurance, Medicare, and many more. Besides the opportunity to meet local community health care providers, attendees may watch a useful video presentation or take part in an educational seminar led by representatives from the list of presenters and participants.

The series began in the First Masonic Region at the Masonic Eastern Star Home-East at Warminster on Oct. 28. Locations for future events in 2001 include the Jaffa Mosque in Altoona (Region 3) on Mar. 24, the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Williamsport (Region 6) on Apr. 7, Masonic Homes at Elizabethtown (Region 2) on Apr. 28, and the Masonic Village at Sewickley (Region 4) on Nov. 10. Erie, Allentown, New Castle, and Scranton are on the list of future sites as well.