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Everyone knows someone who has little or no health insurance, limited access to medical care or even insurance with such a high deductible they can’t afford to get routine medical exams. In Onondaga County, more than 10 percent of adults or 32,000 people, do not have any type of health insurance and nearly 15 percent, or 51,000 adults, said cost prevented them from visiting a doctor within the past year. These statistics are cited in the New York State Expanded Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Report: July 2008-June 2009, Onondaga County.
Adults in our community, 18 and older, who are uninsured or underinsured can take advantage of an event that will provide free, on-site screenings. Get Health Connected Screening Fair is set for Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., in downtown Syracuse. Free parking, free transportation by request, door prizes and healthy refreshments will be available to those who attend.
The following screenings will be available: blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, HIV, lung function, prostate cancer, and vision. In addition. screenings for breast cancer and colorectal cancer will be available, but require an appointment made in advance; please call 315/464-8668. Spanish and Bosnian language translators will be on-site to provide assistance, as will staff from public health plans to help individuals enroll in an insurance program. Additionally, pharmacists will be at the event teaching people about the importance of medication logs and how to complete them, along with smoking cessation counselors; emergency medical personnel providing CPR and AED demonstrations; registration for bone marrow donors; demonstrations of proper hand-washing technique and healthy food preparation; and many more tables with information and experts to answer questions.
“The numbers of people not accessing routine medical care are why next month’s annual Get Health Connected Screening Fair is so valuable,“ said Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH Onondaga County Health Commissioner. “Health screenings can be helpful because they detect health problems at early stages, when we have the chance to save lives. We would really like to see people who are uninsured and under insured, as well as those unable to schedule regular exams for one reason or another take advantage of this offer.”
Get Health Connected is a voluntary consortium of CNY health and human service agencies and hospitals with support from local corporations. The entire event is organized and executed with goods and services donated by these organizations, including Crouse.
Media interested in this event may contact Kathy Mogle at the Onondaga County Health Department at 315/435-3280 or Leesa Kelley at Crouse Hospital at 315/470-7105.