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Tyler – East Texas is blessed with significant health care and dental care resources. However, most resources are clustered in larger communities, leaving rural areas with limited access. In addition, East Texans, in general, experience higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, often related to higher smoking rates, obesity, and lack of exercise. This is coupled with higher poverty rates, lower insurance coverage, and lower educational availability, all risk factors for poorer health.
“Our goal for this program is to provide preventative and primary medical and dental screenings to uninsured East Texans. We want to refer participants that do not currently have providers to medical homes as much as we can and ultimately want to encourage participants to adopt healthy lifestyles to improve their quality of life,” says George Roberts, Chief Executive Officer of NET Health.
The outreach event will be held at Van Junior High School on 630 S. Oak St., in Van Texas, on June 28th & June 29th. Registration will begin at 8:00 AM both days and will conclude at 5:00 PM both days.
Services that will be provided are as follows: basic medical care, dental screenings, vision tests, immunizations (shot records required), health screenings (blood pressure, BMI, glucose, & cholesterol), student physicals, mental health services and mammography services. Information will also be provided on tobacco awareness, oral health awareness, diabetes information, personal wellness, and family emergency preparedness.
There will be a limited number of dental patients seen on both days. Patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis and will be asked to undergo a medical evaluation before receiving access to a dental screening.
This event will not only provide free, basic medical and dental care to UNINSURED East Texans, but will also promote healthy living by educating participants on how to Eat Healthy Foods, Be Physically Active, Avoid Tobacco In All Forms, Follow the Advice of Your Doctor, Know Your Numbers, Manage Your Health, and Get Regular Screenings.
For more information call 1-877-340-8842. Additional information is available at Facebook.com/ETMDO.