Throughout the year at various health fairs, we offer a variety of health screenings to check residents' blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, vascular diseases, stroke risk, body mass index, glaucoma, and visual acuity. We bring our doctors, nurses, nutritionists and therapists out into the community, so that residents, and most often those who are medically underserved, can have access to medical professionals where questions can be asked in a non-threatening atmosphere. Often, these one-on-one consultations in the community result in appointments back in our clinics. We teach residents what their important screening numbers are and how they can live a healthy lifestyle.
On any given day, we can be found in malls, churches, temples, parks, schools and senior centers, wherever our community needs us to be. Two of our most successful community health fairs include Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day and Spring into Good Health, sponsored collectively by the University of Maryland Medical System. Over a thousand people attend these two events annually to gather health information and speak with a specialist. It is an invaluable resource for people who do not have health insurance. It offers them peace of mind by obtaining free, preventive screenings and helps them find community programs and resources to help them stay well.