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Health Fair on the Hill for University Employees; A Day of Wellness, Information and Prizes

WASHINGTON (Oct. 15, 2002) – All employees of the Howard University family are invited to a free health care extravaganza from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Blackburn Center that promises to be a fun and informative experience, including a better understanding of general wellness and the chance to win scores of prizes throughout the day.

It’s called the Health Fair on the Hill, and it is exclusively for University employees.
The event, part of the University’s Healthy Howard health and wellness initiative, allows faculty and staff to have their vital signs checked, meet and consult with dozens of Howard University physicians and other health care clinicians, receive flu shots, learn about a wide range of health care subjects and win more than $1,000 in prizes.

The event will serve as the unveiling of the new special health care service for University employees. Under the plan, Howard faculty and staff will be able to make appointments with University physicians in less than a week through an exclusive telephone scheduling number.

Additionally, representatives from Cigna will be on hand to speak with employees about their insurance and answer any other insurance-related questions, such as how specific benefit plans work, co-pays and referrals to a specialist.

“This is an important event designed to improve the health of the Howard University community and to make health care more accessible and affordable for our employees,” Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Wayne Frederick said. “I strongly encourage all faculty and staff to participate as we prioritize personal health, preventative care and achieve a healthy Howard.”

Dr. R. G. Adams, chief medical officer for Howard University Hospital, said the hospital and the University’s Faculty Practice Plan will show employees the many reasons they should use the hospital and the University’s physicians for their health care.

“We have without question many of the best physicians in the Washington area,” Adams said. “This month, more than one of every 10 of our physicians was named by their peers in the Washington area as “Super Doctors” in the Washington Post.

“Additionally, many of our employees will get to meet some of the nurses and other clinicians who provide the compassionate service that we pride ourselves on at the hospital and in our practices.”

During the health fair, employees can have their blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol and body mass index checked in Blackburn Auditorium. They then consult in a private setting a Howard physician, who will review the results and advise them on the next steps toward better health.

After consulting with the physicians, employees can have additional testing in a private specialty services screening area that will feature a wide range of additional exams, including eye, cardiology, breast and prostate cancer, podiatry, sickle cell, dental and more.

In separate areas inside the auditorium, participants will be able to schedule an appointment with a Howard physician as well as receive a flu shot.
More than 20 information-packed educational sessions hosted by doctors from the various departments and divisions of Howard University Hospital and the Faculty Practice Plan will explore everything from stress to dental care to back and joint pain to allergies to outpatient/in office surgeries to stroke to the warning signs that should require a trip to the Emergency Department.

During those presentations, dozens of awards and prizes will be handed out every 20 minutes. Major prizes will be presented every hour in the screening areas.

Cigna officials will answer questions during the entire event in the first floor auditorium and in other areas of Blackburn. Additionally, representatives from all areas of the hospital’s medical services will be available in the second floor lobby to answer questions.

The health fair is an example of the University’s commitment to improve and support wellness among the University family, Chief Human Resources Officer Jimmy Jones said.

“This is one of many programs that we will be unveiling throughout the year,” Jones said. “It has been said many times before, and it’s true, that our health is our most important commodity. So, we want everybody to attend this vital affair.”

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