July 31, 2014
SIU Center for Family Medicine to Hold Family Health Fair
The second annual Family Fun Health Fair for the public will be held at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine Center for Family Medicine from 3 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 13. Free health screenings and activities for kids will be held east of the clinic on the corner of Carpenter and Fifth Streets. The clinic is located at 520 N. Fourth Street in Springfield.
The health fair coincides with National Community Health Center Week and marks the second year of the SIU Center for Family Medicine’s designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center. Various booths will provide information about health insurance, healthy lifestyles, and various diseases and conditions. Other social service agencies will be at the fair to educate community members about their services. Screenings for blood pressure, diabetes and BMI will be offered. The event will also feature free activities, including games for kids, door prizes, snacks and water.
Community health centers have been in existence throughout the U.S. for more than 45 years and serve 22 million people nationwide. They are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, whether they are insured or not.
“Health Center Week is a great opportunity for us to make our community aware of the importance of primary health care for everyone,” said Dr. Janet Albers, professor and chair of family and community medicine. “When people have a place to go for regular care, they use it and stay healthier. We are here to serve anyone in need of a medical home.”
Evidence shows that patients choose health centers because they are convenient, affordable and offer a range of services from a team of caring professionals. They have demonstrated success by:
• Reducing income and ethnic health disparities nationwide, even in the poorest and most challenged neighborhoods
• Reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and unnecessary visits to the emergency room
• Generating a system of preventative medicine that patients use regularly to stay healthy thus saving lives
• Producing $24 billion in annual health system savings nationwide
For more information, contact Laura Castelon at 217-757-8150, weekdays.