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Idaho State University-Meridian, Ada County to provide dental evals, physical exams, flu shots at Nov. 1 community health screening

Posted October 18, 2012

Uninsured and in need of health services?

Attend a free community health screening, Thursday, Nov. 1, 4 to 7 p.m., at the CATCH office, 503 S. Americana Blvd., in Boise.  CATCH stands for Charitable Assistance to Community’s Homeless.

Faculty and student clinicians from the Idaho State University-Meridian Health Science Center will conduct the screenings. Services include:

      Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks, foot exams and medication reviews

      Dental evaluations

      Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

      On-site testing for 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, more than 430 adults have participated in the screenings with many being referred to low-cost clinics and health care providers for further treatment.

"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 appropriate referrals, we are helping participants manage their health, saving money for taxpayers, and providing a valuable hands-on educational opportunity to local students."

ISU-Meridian Academic Dean Bessie Katsilometes said the screenings represent "a unique partnership between the University, county government, state agencies,  area health care providers and CHS participants through the assessment and referral process for enhanced public health."

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, Rick Tivis, Health Screening Co-Director, ISU-Meridian, 283-5756