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Free health screening offered Saturday on East Side (6-11-99)

East Side residents are invited to a free health screening from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12, at the H-E-B store in Lone Oak Mall, W. W. White and Lord roads.

Doctors from the Family Practice Residency Program of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and nurses from the San Antonio chapter, National Black Nurses Association, will offer the screening. Health professionals from the Hispanic Religious Partnership for Community Health and the Methodist Healthcare Ministries' East Side Dixon Clinic also will collaborate in the event.

Responding to the high risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes among the African American and Hispanic communities, the screening will include blood pressure readings, blood sugar checks, stroke assessments, and further screening for risk factors of heart disease and diabetes. Physicians will be on hand to discuss screening results and provide health information.

The screening is part of the Community-Oriented Primary Care Curriculum, adopted in 1998 for training of Health Science Center family practice residents. The focus is on community assessments and interventions within various neighborhoods of San Antonio, with the goal of providing health services relevant to the needs of the population. Family practice residents work with community leaders and members to assess health problems and needs, and to implement and evaluate interventions for treatment strategies.

Contact: Will Sansom