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CMU partners to promote senior health screenings in Flint

Faculty and students to provide free services and information

Contact: Curt Smith

Central Michigan University’s Mobile Health Central will hit the road July 26 bound for the Vehicle City. The Ivy House in Flint and CMU, with support of other local sponsors, have partnered to hold the first of three health fair for seniors in Flint. The fair will be at The Brennan Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. ​Mobile Health Central will  provide free optometry and audiology screenings. 

"We are looking forward to working with organizations in Flint who share our interest in supporting the health of all populations in the community," said Roger Coles, interim associate vice provost for community engagement. "CMU's mobile health unit is uniquely positioned to partner in providing these services."

Faculty and students from three CMU colleges – the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, College of Medicine, and College of Education and Human Services – will be on-site to provide health screenings and educational information. Services will include audiology and vision screenings, blood pressure checks, and nutrition demonstrations. A variety of educational materials on topics such as smoking cessation, diabetes, and nutrition for seniors  will also be provided.

In addition to The Ivy House and CMU, project partners include:

  • The Brennan Senior Center;
  • Genesee County Health Department;
  • Brenda Clark, Genesee County Commissioner;
  • Kroger Co.;
  • CMU Public Radio;
  • Dr. Thomas V. Claringbold; and
  • Mid Michigan Community College nursing faculty and students.

The Mobile Health Central unit is the first of its kind for a college or university in the state of Michigan. Its mission is to increase access to health care in rural and underserved communities in Michigan through community, public, and private partnerships. 

Additional health fair opportunities in Flint are planned for this fall and in 2017. For more information about next week's senior health fair, contact The Ivy House at 810-252-7003. 

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