A grassroots community initiative has led to an incredible opportunity for Calhoun and Liberty County residents. A group of volunteer physicians with World Health Mission are donating their time to offer free health screenings in our area from Aug. 25-28.
The focus is on dealing with and overcoming diabetes, hypertension and obesity.
“Screening is a process of education,” says Dr. Virginia Baker, founder of the FaithHealthEdEcon (FHEE) Wellness Initiative in Calhoun and Liberty counties (WICL). “Once the demographics are taken (5 minutes), the goal is to teach the individual how to screen himself/herself (10 min). During the week, the necessary equipment will be made available for twice weekly screening by the individual--long-term use of basic equipment will be made available in five settings in the county. This means that this is not a one-shot-deal. People will be able to effectively change their lives through programs set up in the community and be able to check on their own progress, keep it recorded, and know HOW to get better results—HOW to get to FEEL BETTER!”
Baker stresses that sign-up is not necessary to participate in this program and, although adults are the targeted audience, an adult concerned about a child’s health can certainly bring their child for screenings.
You will likely recognize some local faces at the screenings as nurses, EMTs and nursing students have volunteered to assist. “We have had excellent community response over a nine-month period,” says Baker. “The number of individuals who seriously acknowledge the desire to use their gifts given by God is a blessing.
Only the serious individuals work with us. That has made it a joy.”
Check out this week's print edition for a full schedule and locations of all the screening clinics, as well as the story behind this initiative.