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Path to Wellness offering free kidney screenings

May 24, 2019

BULLHEAD CITY — A community collaboration aimed at catching chronic disease in its early stages comes to Bullhead City next month.

Path to Wellness is hosting a free health screening from 8:30 a.m. to noon June 8 at the Mohave High School gymnasium.

The screening will include immediate on-site blood and urine test results and medical education, and is provided at no cost.

The Path to Wellness program is the product of a collaboration between the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona and the Cardio Renal Society of America. It’s financially supported by the Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation, an Arizona charitable organization.

The event also includes North Country Healthcare as a partner.

The event will be staffed with medical professionals, and will be set up to screen 180 patients.

“These screenings are unique in that they try to target rural parts of Arizona where the high demographics of underinsured or at-risk individuals may have an opportunity to detect chronic health problems early on, in a cost-free environment,” said Dr. James Ivie, director of patient services for the kidney foundation. “The screenings also offer the unique advantage of both on-site results and post-screening education on chronic disease management.”

African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans have high rates of diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, Ivie said. The kidney failure rate for African Americans, he said, is nearly four times that of whites.

Ivie said minority populations tend to be underinsured and less engaged with health resources, which often means they do not find out until a health problem has progressed into a chronic condition.

“Early screening gives people a chance to prevent health problems,” he said. “And will help prevent complications ... later in life.”

Anyone interested in making an appointment may contact the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona at 602-840-1644 or 602-845-7905. Assistance will be available in English or Spanish.

Anyone 18 or older who has high blood pressure or diabetes or has a family member with diabetes, high blood pressure or chronic kidney disease, is urged to attend.

Early detection means the possibility of preventing further, life-risking damage to the kidneys.

Staff will be on hand to answer questions about applying for health insurance coverage and finding a doctor or clinic.

The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is a statewide nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing education about chronic kidney disease and helping kidney disease sufferers overcome its medical, financial and logistical challenges.

The Cardio Renal Society of America is a nonprofit community healthcare organization whose goal is to help prevent heart and kidney disease through public and professional education and research.

North Country HealthCare is the primary community health center in northern Arizona. Its roots date back to the 1991 founding of the Flagstaff Community Free Clinic. Today, North Country HealthCare serves 14 communities across northern Arizona.

On the web:

National Kidney Foundation of Arizona: www.azkidney.org.

Cardio Renal Society of America: www.cardiorenalsociety.org.

North Country HealthCare: https://northcountryhealthcare.org.

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