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Idaho State University-Meridian to provide dental evaluations, physical exams, flu shots for uninsured at April 12 community health screening

Posted March 30, 2012

Uninsured and in need of health services?

Attend a community health screening, Thursday, April 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Pioneer Neighborhood Community House, 500 S. Ash St., Boise. Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. There is no charge for services which include:

      Basic physical exam, including blood pressure check, foot exam and medication review

      Dental evaluation

      Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

      On-site testing of blood sugar levels and HIV status

      Flu shots

      Mammogram referrals

      Nutrition assessment and recommendations

      Health education

Since March 2010, ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare have partnered to offer the screenings to uninsured Ada County adults.  To date, nearly 400 adults have participated.  Referrals to appropriate low or no-cost treatment providers will be provided.

"These screenings promote prevention and personal responsibility by helping to identify and address health care problems before they end up requiring costly ER visits," said Ada County Commissioner Sharon Ullman. "By detecting health challenges early, educating clients on these issues, and making referrals to appropriate clinics, we are helping participants manage their health, saving money for taxpayers, and providing a valuable hands-on educational opportunity to local students."

"Prevention is a crucial piece of health care, and our mission with these screening events is to identify individuals at risk of preventable diseases and get them connected with providers in the area.  All the while providing our students valuable clinical experience," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor. 

The full screening process takes about an hour.  No appointment is necessary. Valley Ride bus stops are nearby. For more information, call 373-1700.

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Media Contacts:

Jessica Donald, Communications Specialist, Ada County, 287-6998

Chris Gabettas, Public Information Specialist, ISU-Meridian, 373-1806