The toll of the lingering recession on jobs and unemployment is easy to see, but the tough economic times are also impacting healthcare as people lose their insurance or trim expenses by cutting back on doctor’s visits and preventive screenings.
To combat that, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative is teaming with Piedmont Hospital to offer Health Fair to Go, a four-hour event on Saturday offering free health screenings. From HIV tests to blood pressure checks and breast exams, the screenings are free and open to women and men.
“More and more because of difficult times, people in our community are making tough choices and forgoing healthcare,” says Linda Ellis, ALHI’s executive director.
Calls to the ALHI Lesbian Health Fund, which provides health screenings for under- and un-insured women, are on the rise, which helped spur the creation of Health Fair to Go, Ellis says. The clinics that ALHI partners with for the health fund will be on hand, along with staff from Piedmont Hospital, to help schedule follow up visits for any concerns discovered through the free screenings.
“The most pressing momentum behind Health Fair to Go has been the overwhelming number of folks calling to access the Lesbian Health Fund. [The fair] is letting us get folks better connected to healthcare. It is also helping folks establish ongoing relationships with healthcare providers that can be there for them in the long run,” Ellis says.
Participants in the health fair will receive a 10 percent discount at Radial Café, which sits next to ALHI on DeKalb Avenue. Anyone interested in a free clinical breast exam is asked to make a reservation with ALHI in advance.
View the event listing for Health Fair to Go.