Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair Offers Free Screenings
INDIANAPOLIS--Increasing awareness of chronic diseases for minorities is the main goal of the Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair.
That fair goes from Thursday, July 18 through Sunday, July 21 at the Indiana Convention Center. State Health Commissioner Kristina Box tells WISH-TV another main goal is to promote and provide essential public health services.
"There is over $2,000 worth of free screenings that individuals can take advantage of. There are 44 different screening tests," Box said. "Those tests are important to know. They can find out what their cholesterol is, their blood sugar, or get a breast exam."
The screenings range from blood pressure, HIV/AIDS testing, hepatitis C, and dental screenings among other things.
Box says professionals will be there to provide advice on healthy eating, exercise, and ways to quit using tobacco. For some people, she says this is the only time they get to see a healthcare professional for the entire year. That's why she urges you to get a primary care physician. Box says this fair makes a difference in people's lives.
"Every year we get stories back of individuals that say, 'The lump you found in my breast was cancer or pre-cancer' or 'My prostate issue. We're having it addressed' or 'I'm diabetic and I had no idea. That makes a tremendous change for their health and their life," Box said.
On August 1st, people will be able to go to their pharmacy and a pharmacist can counsel or screen them without a doctor's prescription.
"Basically you'd be working under my prescription," Box said.
The opening ceremony for the fair is July 18 from 3-4 pm. That's also Senior Day. Find a full list of events at the fair here.
(PHOTO: Indiana State Department of Health)