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15th Anuual Health Fair Successfully Organized by IHCNJ

SECAUSUS, NJ- Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Secaucus Temple held their 15 th annual Health and Prevention fair at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, NJ on Sunday, November 3, 2019.

More than 300 people received comprehensive health screening services; More than 100 women received free mammograms and cervical cancer screening onsite. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a non-profit
organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held this annual fair for the 15th consecutive year at this location to benefit needy people in the South Asian community.

The health fair was open to all pre-registered participants without any medical insurance or people who are under insured with high deductible to receive preventive screening, education and counseling on medical, dental and mental health disorders. The comprehensive health screening included blood tests, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, dental screening,
cardiology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, women disorders, chronic diseases screening for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and mental health disorders. Many other ancillary screening and counseling were also provided to include dietary counseling, physical therapy counseling from various providers. The physicians, dentists, mental health providers and other allied health care professionals from various specialties of internal medicine, mental health, dental, ophthalmology, physical therapy, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, nurses, social workers and medical students provide their services on this day to screen and educate patients on diabetes, hypertension, cardiac diseases, high cholesterol, prostate, cervical, colo-rectal and breast cancer screening and education, mental health disorders and other chronic debilitating diseases specifically targeted to the South Asian population.

The dedicated team from the State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind provided thorough eye screening to qualified patients to promote their noble cause of preventing blindness in the community. Many local health care and non-profit organizations to include Hudson Regional Hospital, Hoboken Family Planning, SAMHIN and county health clinics provided their services to include mammogram, cervical and prostate cancer screening services on site to more than 150 men and women on this day. The mental health education and counseling were provided by mental health experts to recognize and treat depression, stress, anxiety and many other disorders which are common but not discussed in South Asians due to social taboo, misbelief and denial.

The blood test reports will be reviewed by the physicians and mailed it to all participants with a counseling note.. Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs provided free basic blood test services on this day. The management of Secaucus Temple once again extended their self-less services by providing the venue and resources to help communities at large.

To date, IHCNJ provided screening to more than 10,000 needy people in South Asian communities throughout the New Jersey since its inception in 1998 and provided interventions to more than 3,500 people. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey held their health fairs at Weehawken, Bridgewater, South Brunswick and Secaucus in 2019. For additional information about IHCNJ events and other activities, visit www.IHCNJ.org .

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