The second annual Family Health Day will be held at more than 20 locations around Cincinnati on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016, and volunteers are needed. The event is a project of First Ladies for Health, a group led by pastors’ wives that educates and connects people in the community with resources to take charge of their health.
Family Health Day offers free health screenings for families, including HIV, diabetes, hypertension, breast and prostate cancer, vision, dental, mental health, glucose, lung and asthma. The University of Cincinnati (UC) and UC Health are among the sponsors of the event and students from the colleges of allied health sciences, medicine, nursing and pharmacy will be conducting the screenings under the guidance of UC Health physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals.
In addition to the screenings, information on healthy living will be available and Enroll America will be at each site to help enroll uninsured and under-insured in health care.
The event has grown from 28 participating churches offering health-related services at 18 sites around the city last year to 36 churches and 22 sites this year. Kroger has joined the effort this year to pair up pharmacy services with each church.
“Family Health Day exemplifies the mission of the Academic Health Center,” says Kelly Lyle, health affairs program specialist for the Academic Health Center. “This outreach is one of the ways we try to provide health care for all, regardless of their ability to pay.”
Faculty from all four Academic Health Center colleges are encouraged to volunteer to mentor students at the health screenings locations. The screening times at the various locations can be found on the First Ladies for Health website. To volunteer, contact Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513-558-7424.