SeMRHI Hosts Free Checkups August 5th Through 9th for Families Across the Pine Belt
August 09, 2019
"The health of our community hinges on healthy families,” said Dr. Geroldean Dyse, Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc. (SeMRHI ). “Our families influence the way we perceive health, the types of food we eat, how much or how little we exercise, and our level of trust with healthcare professionals like doctors, nurse practitioners, and dentists.”
While access to healthcare is a piece of the puzzle, health is also determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities, neighborhood and communities, the quality of our schools, the safety of our workplaces, the cleanliness of our water, food, and air, and the nature of our social interactions and relationships (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion). These factors are commonly called the social determinants of health.
“Our patient’s lives are much more complex than what we see during their visit at the doctor’s office,” explained Dr. Dyse. “This is one of the reasons we host several free preventive screening events throughout the year at our different health center locations. We want to make it convenient for everyone to find out what’s occurring inside their bodies regardless of where they live or their insurance status. We see patients everyday who have ignored symptoms for years and put off going to the doctor only to later have complications with a chronic disease. We see this happening to people across all ages, gender, and income level. Time can be one of the biggest barriers to accessing healthcare—especially when there are other things in your life competing for attention.”
On August 5–9, SeMRHI will offer free preventive screenings in observation of National Health Center Week for the entire family at its locations in Hattiesburg, Beaumont, New Augusta, Seminary, Sumrall, Lumberton, Brooklyn, and Picayune.
The free screenings will include blood pressure, glucose (blood sugar), cholesterol, hemoglobin (iron), body mass index, HIV, clinical breast exam, prostate exam, vision, and dental. No appointment is necessary, and the screenings will be offered all week at most SeMRHI health center locations. Follow-up appointments will be available after patients receive their screenings.
National Health Center Week is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of community health centers like SeMRHI around the nation over the past five decades. Health centers serve 28 million patients—a number that continues to grow along with the demand for affordable primary care. In addition to their long history as health care homes to millions, health centers produce innovative solutions to the most pressing health care issues in their communities and reach beyond the walls of conventional medicine to address the social determinants of health affecting special patient populations.
SeMRHI has been providing access to affordable quality primary and preventive healthcare to our communities in a patient centered, safe, compassionate environment for 40 years. They provide a variety of services to the community including primary care, women’s health, behavioral health, vision, dental, and in-house pharmacy.
For more information about SeMRHI or about receiving a free preventive screening in a community near you, please call 601-545-8700 or email Will Harvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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