A medical outreach event will be held today though Thursday at Van Junior High School, 639 S. Oak St. in Van, in an effort to bring more health and medical resources to the uninsured.

Registration for the community outreach will begin at 8 a.m. each day. 

Services that will be provided include medical exams; vision and hearing tests; immunizations (shot records required); health screenings such as blood pressure, body mass index, glucose and cholesterol; student physicals and mammography services.  

Information also will be provided on tobacco awareness, oral health awareness, diabetes information, nutrition and health and emergency family preparedness.

In East Texas, most health resources are clustered in larger communities, leaving residents in rural areas with limited access.  In addition, East Texans generally experience higher incidences of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, which are often related to higher smoking rates, obesity and lack of exercise.  These incidences are coupled with higher poverty rates, lower insurance coverage and lower educational availability, all determinants of health. 

In addition to the Van Independent School District, partners for the outreach program are the University of Texas at Tyler School of Nursing and Health Sciences, UT Health Northeast Family Medical Residency Program, NET Health, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Military Forces, Piney Woods Regional Advisory Council, Trauma Service Area-G and numerous other community organizations.

"Our goal for this program is to provide preventative and primary medical care to uninsured East Texans," said George Roberts, chief executive officer at NET Health. "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."

For more information about the event, call 1-877-340-8842







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