BOISE— Basic physical and dental exams and onsite testing for HIV, blood sugar and cholesterol levels are included in the free services offered at a community health screening March 12, 5-7:30 p.m., at Morley Nelson Elementary School, 7701 W. Northview Ave.
The screenings are for people 18 and older who have no health insurance or limited access to preventive health care. The Idaho Foodbank will provide free boxes of food for participants while supplies last.
Idaho State University faculty and student clinicians administer the services which include:
- Blood pressure checks, medication reviews and disease education
- Oral/dental health evaluation and education
- Depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires
- On-site testing for blood sugar levels, cholesterol, HIV and hepatitis C
- Hearing and eye screenings
- Nutrition assessments and recommendations
- Health education
- Traumatic brain injury screenings
The full screening process takes about 90 minutes, and patients in immediate need are given appointments at low-cost or free Treasure Valley clinics for additional care. A goal of the screenings is to help patients identify potential health problems before their conditions worsen, forcing them to seek more expensive treatment or emergency hospital care.
The Community Health Screening Program began in March 2010 and has screened more than 1,300 adults. Partners are ISU-Meridian, Ada County, the Idaho Foodbank and Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho.
For more information, call 373-1700 or email healthyU@isu.edu.
Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral high research activity university and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses. At the main campus in Pocatello, and at locations in Meridian, Idaho Falls and Twin Falls, ISU has nine Colleges, a Graduate School and a Division of Health Sciences that together offer more than 250 certificate and degree programs. More than 12,000 students attend ISU. Idaho State University is the state's designated lead institution in health professions.