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Staying in good health

Ohio University provided free health screens at Ironton library

Those who visited the Briggs Lawrence County Public Library in Ironton on Tuesday were able to receive a free health screening from Ohio University, which had nurses on hand.

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine of Ohio University in Athens provided the free community health fair, and the nurses present checked people’s blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels.

“We set up wherever we can find a place that will let us, like Social Security agencies, pharmacies, churches, farmers markets, any community hub really,” Stacy Hayes, one of the nurses available, said. “And we serve 13 different counties in southeastern Ohio.”

Other services provided through the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine include the Childhood Immunization Program, the Family Navigator Program, Baby and Me- Tobacco Free, Diabetes Navigator, COMCorps AmeriCorps Program, free medical clinics, Adult Immunization Program, Adult Screenings, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings and the Insurance Navigator Program.

Ohio University Community Health Programs strive to improve access to needed services for the communities of southeastern Ohio, which is accomplished through educating the public on health-related topics and providing clinical services and screenings.

All are carried out by a trained staff of health care professionals and additional volunteers under the direction of Heritage College staff physicians.

Educational programs and screenings are implemented with assistance from AmeriCorps/COMCorps members, OU-HCOM students and staff, and others.

For more information, call 740-593-2432 or 1-800-844-2654, or visit the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine Community Health Programs website at www.ohio.edu/medicine/community-health.