Eskenazi Health Center Westside Encourages the Community to Embrace Healthy Living

Wishard-Eskenazi Health sponsors 16th annual fair with free adult flu shots

CONTACT: Todd Harper
Phone: 317.630.7808
Pager: 317.310.5972 
, October 4, 2013 -- Take part in free health screenings and receive medical advice from health care professionals in a fun family environment at this year’s Eskenazi Health Center Westside Health Fair. This year’s fair will also feature a limited amount of free adult flu shots.
On Saturday, October 19, Wishard-Eskenazi Health and Eskenazi Health Center Westside, along with the Indiana University School of Medicine Internal Medicine Student Interest Group, will present the 16th annual Eskenazi Health Center Westside Health Fair, at 2732 W. Michigan St. in Indianapolis. The free health fair, which is organized and run by IU School of Medicine students, will be open to the entire community from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
“Every year the Internal Medicine Student Interest Group and Eskenazi Health Center Westside team up with the local community and the many departments and students from the IU School of Medicine to provide disease screenings and fun health education for the entire family,”  said Dr. Palmer MacKie, a physician at Eskenazi Health Center Westside. “We are excited to once again provide these services and help encourage the public to receive regular health checkups.”
Health screenings provided during the fair will include blood pressure, diabetes, dental and vision, and there will also be a special town hall meeting covering important health care topics. Participants may visit a wide variety of information booths, including fatherhood resources, weight loss/exercise, Hispanic resources, WIC, mental health and primary care services. Education will also be offered on paying for health care, women’s health, STDs, domestic violence, nutrition and much more. Spanish interpreters and bilingual pamphlets and health information will also be available.
Parents are encouraged to bring their children to learn about bicycle, helmet, seat belt and fire safety. Weather permitting, a fire truck will be available for touring. Free refreshments and door prizes will also be offered.
Eskenazi Health Center Westside, which is located west of the IUPUI campus in the Haughville neighborhood, provides a wide variety of health care services to the public, including primary care for adults and children along with specialty services, such as OB/GYN, social services and nutrition counseling. The center is one of 10 Eskenazi Health Center sites located throughout Indianapolis.
This year, Wishard-Eskenazi Health has teamed up with the community to host nine health fairs throughout Indianapolis. The events have offered comprehensive health screenings and information on a variety of topics. For more information about the Eskenazi Health Center Westside Health Fair, please call 317.554.4600.