Free medical screenings to be offered at Community Resource Day

By ED HOWELL, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 2/13/18

A Community Resource Day that will provide free medical screenings and services will take place at Jasper’s First Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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Free medical screenings to be offered at Community Resource Day

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A Community Resource Day that will provide free medical screenings and services will take place at Jasper’s First Baptist Church on Friday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The event is co-sponsored by Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish and Jasper’s First Baptist Church, which is located at 1604 4th Ave. South in Jasper.

Free medical services and resources will be made available, and people will be able to talk and meet representatives who can help them, according to Capstone outreach coordinator Shannon Williamson.

“We actually are partnering with Jasper’s First Baptist Church because they started doing dental clinics through the North American Mission Board (NAMB). They had one event in October and they had such an overwhelming response that they are going to try to do it every six months,” she said.

After attending that event, Williamson said she thought the demographic of patients who were coming to the dental clinic could also use services Capstone could provide.

The NAMB is bringing back its mobile dental exam area that visited the church last year. Dental professionals will be on hand at the Send Relief Mobile Dental Clinic to provide free dental services including screenings and exams.

All the dental appointments for this week’s event have been filled, but future appointments will be taken.

The dental clinic will be at the church on Feb. 22-24.

Officials said in October that the dental clinic uses local dental professionals and will concentrate on alleviating dental-related pain. They also examine for possibly putting in sealants in children as a preventative method to prevent the children from getting any decay and reduced cavities by possibly 75 percent.

Williamson said other non-dental services will not require appointments, as anyone can walk up to get help that day.

In addition, free health screenings will be provided by the Bevill State Community College Nursing Program.

This will involve screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar, body mass index and other health factors.

Williamson said Capstone will also assist to offer screenings on site for Hepatitis C and HIV.

Also, Alabama Lions Sight, an arm of the Lions Club of Alabama that is also known as the Alabama Lions Sight Conservation Association, will provide free optometry services, including free basic eye screenings and exams.

According to its website, the organization provides “medically necessary eye care for eligible individuals and provides vision screenings for thousands of children and adults every year,” with the goal of helping those who would not have the money nor insurance to deal with vision problems.

Williamson said she will provide assistance with insurance enrollment and answer questions about Medicaid, Medicare and Affordable Care Act insurance.

The overall event is “just a way for people to have a way to get screenings without having to go to the doctor’s office and if they have troubles or issues, we can always schedule an appointment,” she said.

Anyone wanting to more information may contact Williamson at 205-724-9031.