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Friday, April 19, 2013

For anyone uninsured or underinsured

For the first time, the Oregon Medical Association's (OMA) annual membership meeting will include a free health fair for uninsured and underinsured adults. From 8:00 until 3:00 on April 19 at the plaza of the Oregon Convention Center, attendees can get free medical screenings for diabetes glaucoma, and blood pressure, access urgent dental care, get information on eating healthy, learn about their personal health profile, talk with a pharmacist about their medications and more. The list of participating groups and organizations who will be on the plaza on April 19 includes:

OHSU Medical and Physician Assistant Students
Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Oregon Dental Association
Oregon State University Extension Service
Medical Teams International
OHSU Let's Get Healthy!
Oregon State Pharmacy Association
Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists
Oregon Health Authority: Immunize Oregon
Coalition of Community Health Clinics
Oregon Health Authority: Oregon AWARE
Portland Farmers Market
Lines for Life
Other supporting organizations include Northwest Natural, the Portland Business Journal, Regence, Project Access NOW, Oregon Academy of Family Physicians, Oregon Primary Care Association, Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland, Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists and Sellwood Medical Clinic.

Friday, April 19, 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center plaza, NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, between Pacific and Oregon streets.

For more information about Care Connection and a full list of services provided during the event, and about Poverty Stricken: Providing Care in Challenging Times, OMA's 2013 annual membership meeting, can be found at 

About OMA:

The OMA is an organization of over 8,000 physicians, physician assistants, and medical and PA students, their partners and spouses organized to serve and support physicians in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org.

Description of services:

Oregon Medical Association / OMA Alliance: Welcome and information. Alliance will offer information and presentation from SAVE: the AMAA's national anti-violence program including "Hands Are Not For Hitting" and anti-bullying resources, information about Drug Take Back opportunities.

Lines for Life: Information about telephone help lines serving teens, active duty service members, veterans and their families, and anyone with addiction, mental health, suicide prevention and treatment referral and drug prevention education needs.

Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation: Screening for vision and hearing problems, glaucoma, high blood pressure and diabetes (must fast for 3 hours for accurate diabetes screening).

Oregon State Pharmacy Association/Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacists: Medication "brown bag" consults – bring your medications and talk to a pharmacist to answer questions about how to take them safely.

Oregon Health Authority: Immunize Oregon: Free flu and Tdap vaccines available for uninsured adults.

Coalition of Community Health Clinics: Information and referrals to low-cost clinics across the Portland metro region. Uninsured, low-income patients welcome. Primary, acute, some specialty care options.

Oregon Dental Association: Information about Oregon Mission of Mercy, an annual free dental clinic.

Medical Teams International: Urgent dental services on a first-come, first-served basis.

Oregon Health Authority: Oregon AWARE: Information on using antibiotics safely and wisely, demo and interactive display – make the nose sneeze!

OHSU Medical and Physician Assistant Students: Basic foot care, toenail clipping, wound checks and limited care, and assessment of circulation and general health.

OHSU Let's Get Healthy!: Diet and sleep assessments, body fat, BMI, height and weight screening, drug abuse, blood pressure screening, cancer (breast lung and skin) risk information.

Oregon State University Extension Service Food Hero: Fast, affordable, healthy recipes and cooking demonstration.

Portland Farmers Market: Information about market schedules and locations, and options for using SNAP/Oregon Trail benefits at the market.

Kaiser Permanente: Information to help you quit smoking for good.