Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration

Sickness Prevention Achieved through Regional Collaboration (or SPARC) is acommunity program that brings preventive health care services to older individuals. Currently the program is being implemented through a partnership between the county’s Senior Services Department and theAtlanta Regional Commission (ARC).  SPARC health and wellness events are open to the public and to non-Clayton county residents aged 55 and older.

SPARC is held twice in the month of October each year, one at the Frank Bailey Senior Center in Riverdale and the second at the J Charley Griswell Senior Center in Jonesboro.

Both SPARC events include free blood pressure screenings, healthy mind and foot assessments, in addition to presentations on developing and maintaining a healthier lifestyle.  Healthcare professionals will also be on hand providing flu and tetanus immunizations for a nominal fee along with the coordinating and scheduling of mammograms at the county’s state of the art outpatient imaging center, Spivey Station.  For services that require a nominal fee (immunizations), Medicare/Medicaid and some private insurance will be accepted. There will also be plenty of give-a-ways and door prizes available, along with free fruits and vegetable for the first 150 to successfully complete all of the designated screenings.