OHSU students offer free health screenings for uninsured, underinsured Oregonians

03/05/12  Portland, Ore.

Student volunteers present week of lectures, events to raise awareness about U.S. health care disparities

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More than 100 Oregon Health & Science University student volunteers will provide free health screenings to uninsured and underinsured Oregonians during the university’s annual “Health Screening Fair.” The fair is part of OHSU’s student-led “Healthcare Equality Week,” formerly Cover the Uninsured Week, and includes free:

  • Blood pressure and body mass index checks
  • General medical exams, provided by medical students and faculty physicians
  • Medication counseling (bring prescriptions)
  • Vision and hearing exams
  • Diabetes screening, foot exams, education and counseling
  • Hygiene and first aid kits
  • Hair cuts
  • Dental exams, extractions and fillings
  • Pet care, including general exams, flea and de-worming and vouchers to veterinary clinics to obtain vaccines, coordinated by Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Women’s health advice

Portland State University pre-health students and representatives from a number of community clinics and professional organizations will be on hand to schedule follow-up medication appointments, and referrals to addiction, mental health and domestic violence services, as needed. Resources for homeless youth also will be available.

Last year, medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and physician assistant students, along with community health professionals, provided free health care services to more than 200 Oregonians. The fair is held in conjunction with the weekly free meal service “Potluck in the Park” in O’Bryant Square.


Sunday, March 11, 9 a.m.


O’Bryant Square, S.W. 9th and S.W. Washington Aves., downtown Portland


Learn more about the lectures planned for Healthcare Equality Week.