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Idaho State University-Meridian assisting with Feb. 7 community health screening in Boise; flu shots, hepatitis C screenings offered

Posted January 17, 2013

The free screening for uninsured adults is Thursday, Feb. 7, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St., Boise.

In addition to flu shots and hepatitis C screenings, services will include:

      Basic physical exams, blood pressure checks, and medication reviews

      Dental evaluations

      Hearing, depression and alcohol screenings and questionnaires

      On-site testing for blood sugar levels and HIV status 

      Mammogram referrals

      Nutrition assessment and recommendations

      Health education

"Prevention is a crucial piece of health care, and our mission with these screening events is to identify individuals at risk of preventable diseases," said Dr. Glenda Carr, an ISU-Meridian assistant clinical pharmacy professor and co-director of the health screening program.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends people born between 1954 and 1965 get screened for hepatitis C, a blood-borne infection that increases a person’s chance of developing cirrhosis and liver cancer.  There is no vaccine for hepatitis C.

"It (hepatitis C) can take up to 30 years to seriously affect the liver," said Judy Thorne, ISU-Meridian's viral hepatitis and HIV educator. "If an individual knows that they have chronic hep C, they can take proactive steps toward better health." 

Hepatitis C screenings are conducted by collecting a small drop of blood from a finger.  Results are 98 to 99 percent accurate, according to Thorne.

The Feb. 7 community health screening is the 18th conducted by ISU-Meridian, Ada County, Central District Health, and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare since March 2010. More than 500 adults have participated with many being referred to low-cost clinics and doctors for further treatment.

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

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Media Contacts:  Jessica Donald, Communications Specialist, Ada County, 287-6998  

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