Wishard-Eskenazi Health Hosts Annual Children’s Health Fair

Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn offers free back-to-school screenings and sports physicals

CONTACT: Todd Harper
Phone: 317.630.7808
Pager: 317.310.5972
E-mail: Todd.Harper@wishard.edu

Indianapolis, July 26, 2013 – Summer vacation is now coming to an end for most children in Central Indiana. In fact, many schools are already back in session. Wishard-Eskenazi Health knows the importance of having regular medical checkups and screenings for children, and thus will once again be hosting its annual Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn Children’s Health Fair.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn will conduct a free children’s health fair featuring sports physicals, immunizations and exciting children’s games. The annual Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn Children’s Health Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn, 2700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. in Indianapolis.

Health care professionals will be available to provide information and free immunizations for children and sports physicals for junior high and high school students. The sports physicals will end at noon. Parents are asked to bring their children’s immunization records with them to the event. There will also be staff members from Wishard-Eskenazi Health available to provide nutrition education tips. In addition to free health screenings and information, games and food will also be part of the day’s activities. Free school supplies will also be available.

“We need to send students back to school prepared and ready for the school year,” said Dr. John Kunzer, a pediatrician at Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn and chief medical officer for Eskenazi Health Center. “As children prepare to go back to school, they should have more than just backpacks, pencils and paper. They should have all of the proper immunizations and be equipped with the knowledge of how stay healthy throughout the entire school year.”

Featured screenings and information booths will include dental services provided by the Marion County Public Health Department, social services and CPR training provided by Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Once again, bone marrow registration and education will be offered throughout the day. 

The event began seven years ago to honor Randall S. Smith Jr., a 14-year-old patient at Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn, who passed away on June 8, 2006, from a combined form of blood cancer (leukemia/lymphoma). Smith was an inspiration to others as he fought his illness with courage while always keeping a positive attitude. He never complained; instead, he worried more about how his illness affected his family.

Eskenazi Health Center Blackburn is one of 10 Eskenazi Health Center locations across Indianapolis and provides health care services including primary care, family planning, social and dental services. This year, Wishard-Eskenazi Health is teaming up with the community to host nine health fairs throughout Indianapolis. The events will offer comprehensive health screenings and information on a variety of topics. For more information about the health fair, please call 317.931.4303.