Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma Sponsors Lions Club Mobile Health Screening Unit for 10th Straight Year
Since 1998, nearly 60,000 free preventive health screenings have been provided to Oklahomans through a partnership between Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and the 209 Oklahoma Lions Clubs, and that partnership will continue with another contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
The insurer recently agreed to sponsor the successful Mobile Health Screening Unit (MHSU) program for the tenth straight year. The MHSU travels to visit Oklahoma communities nearly 100 days out of each year, bringing valuable health screenings and information to all parts of Oklahoma.
The MHSU provides a variety of free screenings — including vision, hearing, glaucoma, blood sugar, blood pressure and bone density screenings — to communities throughout the state. Nearly one-fourth of tests reveal potential health concerns, and in those situations, patients are referred to their personal physicians for evaluation and appropriate follow-up care.
“The Lions are only one organization. We can’t do everything, but with the Mobile Health Screening Unit we can impact people’s lives and make a difference one life at a time, everywhere we can,” said John Been, executive director, the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation.
“It’s our privilege to be involved with this impactful program,” said Bert Marshall, president, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “Traveling the state, the Mobile Health Screening Unit can reach rural areas and underserved populations who otherwise might not have access to these screenings. Through preventive efforts like these, we can make a real difference in the health of Oklahomans.”
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