Health Expo for the Uninsured set for April 28

Leaders throughout Wayne County, including representatives of health systems, labor business, and government, are ready to launch Cover the Uninsured Week 2008.

The kick-off event, Health Expo for the Uninsured, is set for 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Cobo Hall in Downtown Detroit. The health expo is open to the public at no charge and there is no charge for Cobo roof parking. 

The expo is sponsored by Wayne County Health Choice, the Health and Human Services Administration of Wayne County and the City of Detroit Department of Health  & Wellness Promotions. The event features free and low-cost health screenings, enrollment options for children and adults and health provider vendor booths.

Breakfast will be offered from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and lunch will be offered from Noon to 1:30 p.m. There is no cost to participants for breakfast or lunch.

Examples of the screening will be hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol, dental, podiatry, STD & HIV, nutrition, relaxation and stress reduction, smoking cessation, lead testing, immunizations, body composition, vision, glaucoma, heart screening, stroke screening, emotional health, height and weight.

There will be three specific breakout sessions: Medicaid/MiChild training, Health Coverage for Small Businesses in Wayne County and the Multi-Cultural Health Disparities. The latter session will deal with the different health outcomes or status within the African American, Latino American and Arabic American communities and how to resolve health disparities within these groups. 

Nearly 100 vendors will be on hand to share health information, literature and giveaway items to all participants.

For more information on the Cover the Uninsured Week activities, including the Health Expo, call (313) 833-3438 or visit the Web Site www.mctun.org.