Advocate Sherman Hospital is offering free blood pressure and blood glucose screenings to members of the community in need at Food for Greater Elgin, 1553 Commerce Drive, Elgin. These health screenings are available the first Wednesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"Our goal is to help residents in our community get connected to the resources they need so they are better able to manage their health," says Tina Link, director of community outreach at Advocate Sherman Hospital. "These screenings will identify if participants have an underlying health condition so they can receive treatment and avoid any serious health concerns in the future."
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Based on Sherman's Community Health Needs Assessment, obesity and diabetes are key concerns that need to be addressed in the Kane County area. As a result, Sherman decided to bring these important health screenings directly to the people who need them most. This service also reflects Sherman's mission of leading health in the community by helping to prevent illness before it occurs.
Sherman is also collaborating with the Greater Elgin Family Care Center to ensure participants with elevated blood pressure or glucose levels receive affordable medical care. After receiving their results, participants are able to make an appointment with the Greater Elgin Family Care Center at the same time. "By collaborating with the Greater Elgin Family Care Center, we're making it easier for people to get connected to this valuable resource," Link says.
For information on Sherman's community health screenings, contact Community Wellness Coordinator Jill League at (224) 783-5176.