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Get Health Connected Screening Fair Benefits Uninsured, Underinsured In Our Community

05/11/09

Saturday, May 30 Event Features Free Health Screenings and Free Food, Parking and Centro Bus Transportation

Crouse Hospital is joining the Onondaga County Department of Health, other Syracuse hospitals and a number of local health agencies to present the 3rd annual Get Health Connected Screening Fair on Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center at Oncenter, 800 S. State St., downtown Syracuse. The event, which features free food and free parking, has been organized to make 13 health screenings convenient and free for individuals 18 and older who are uninsured or underinsured and/or who do not access regular health screenings for whatever reason.

To make the event as convenient and as accessible as possible, individuals can receive free Centro bus tokens at the event to reimburse for their ride to the OnCenter and for their ride home. In addition, Spanish interpreters will be available to assist those who attend. Enrollers for public health insurance options will be on hand to help attendees determine eligibility and enroll them in plans. And, individuals can join the National Bone Marrow Registry with just a cheek swab.

Just three of the screenings — for cervical, breast and prostate cancers — require advance registration; call 435-3653 to reserve an appointment. Licensed physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers will check blood pressure, cholesterol levels and pulmonary function, and do screening for diabetes, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease and more.

“Health screenings, such as those being offered at no cost on May 30, can help people because they detect health problems at early stages. When certain diseases are detected at an early stage, we have the chance to save lives. This event is especially important now in light of increased unemployment rates and the number of people who are uninsured or underinsured.” said Cynthia Morrow, MD, Onondaga County Health Commissioner.


Cheryl Abrams
Crouse Hospital
Communications Department
Phone: 315/470-7123
Fax: 315/470-7232
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