MAPS PULLMAN, Wash. – No appointments are necessary to get basic health care and information Saturday, thanks to efforts of the Washington State University Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS) and the WSU Pre-Dental Club.

They are participating in the 17th annual free, public Family Fair for the Palouse 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lincoln Middle School, 315 SE Crestview St., Pullman.

The student groups will have booths at the fair where local health-care providers will offer free screenings. Jeffrey Radakovich, a Pullman family and sports medicine physician, will be at the MAPS booth to take blood pressure, pulse, temperature and meet with patients privately. The Pre-Dental Club will distribute information and supplies donated by local dental offices.

Representatives from Palouse Surgeons, LLC, will offer workshops on colonoscopies and the venous system. And information will be available about a children’s eye initiative in Washington.

Part of a national organization, MAPS is dedicated to eliminating health-care disparities. The members chose to participate in the fair as a way to improve access to and information about health care to all families on the Palouse.

The Pre-Dental Club helps students wishing to pursue dentistry while making a difference in their community through service and volunteer projects.

The fair is a joint project of the United Way of Pullman, the Palouse Resource Network for Families and the YMCA.  It provides an opportunity for families to learn about organizations, resources and activities available in the region.

For more information about the WSU student groups, please visit http://universitycollege.wsu.edu/units/Pre-Health_STEM/students/clubs.