Joseph Martin Participates in Upcoming Health Fairs
Community and Media Relations Manager
Cell Phone: 502-648-3411
Martin, Ky. (April 1, 2013)— Saint Joseph Martin, part of KentuckyOne Health, will join with other health and community organizations to offer free screenings and information at a series of health education events hosted by Project Caring Across the County beginning in May.
Project Caring Across the County is a local organization of health care professionals that includes Big Sandy Health Care, Floyd County Family Resource Youth Services Centers, Floyd County Health Department, Floyd County Schools and Saint Joseph Martin.
Eight days of health screenings and educational events will be held throughout May and July at various locations in the county. The events will provide easy access to free health screenings and information for the community.
The health fair events are planned for:
- May 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Floyd County Health Department
- June 26-27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Betsy Layne Elementary School
- July 16-17 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Allen Central High School
Services available at the events will include:
- Physical exams
- Women breast and cervical cancer screening
- Diabetes screenings
- Dental care for adults such as cleaning, fillings and extractions
- Colon cancer screenings
- Health information on smoking cessation, heart health and cancer
Services will be available on a first come, first serve basis. Light refreshments will be offered to accommodate those seeking multiple services. Many of the services available are for persons who are uninsured and income-eligible. Dental services will be available for persons 21 and older without dental insurance.
The events are part of ongoing efforts stemming from the Healthy Community Initiative, which began in 2003 when Saint Joseph Martin led an effort to bring health and community organizations in Floyd County together to maximize the county’s resources and create a healthier community. Project Caring Across the County is part of the overall Healthy Community Initiative. Partners in the initiative include:
- American Cancer Society
- Big Sandy Area Development District
- Big Sandy Community College
- Big Sandy Health Care Floyd County Extension Office
- Communities Against Drug Addiction
- Floyd County Cancer Coalition
- Floyd County Family Resource Youth Services Centers
- Floyd County Health Department
- Floyd County Schools
- Floyd County Senior Citizens
- Graceway United Methodist Church
- Kentucky State Police Post 9
- Mountain Regional Prevention Center
- Saint Joseph Martin
Dental and oral health was identified as a particular area of need during focus groups conducted in the community in 2005. In response, the partners launched a dental screening program in collaboration with Floyd County Schools that has grown to include screenings for all students in kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Thanks to a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, dental screening and outreach is now being expanded to include adults in Floyd County through events such as the upcoming health fairs. The Appalachian Commission is a federal-state partnership that works for sustainable community and economic development in Appalachia.
Earlier this month, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute released its fourth annual County Health Rankings, which ranked Floyd County 120th among Kentucky’s 120 counties based on a variety of health indicators.
“Though these health rankings show there is much work to be done to improve the health of our county, we have made great strides over the past 10 years to improve access to screening and care for Floyd County residents” said Kathy Stumbo, president, Saint Joseph Martin. “Working together, we can continue to improve our health rankings and create a culture of health in our community.”
The County Health Rankings show that how long and how well people live depends on multiple factors beyond just their access to medical care. It examines 25 factors that influence health, including rates of childhood poverty, rates of smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to physicians and dentists, rates of high school graduation and college attendance, access to healthy foods, levels of physical inactivity, and percentages of children living in single parent households.
For more information on health events and programs Saint Joseph Martin, call 606.285.6400.
About KentuckyOne Health
KentuckyOne Health was formed when two major Kentucky health care organizations came together in early 2012. KentuckyOne Health combines the Jewish and Catholic heritages of the two former systems – Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s HealthCare and Saint Joseph Health System. In late 2012, the organization formed a partnership with the University of Louisville Hospital | James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The nonprofit system is committed to improving the health of Kentuckians by integrating medical research, education, technology and health care services wherever patients receive care. KentuckyOne Health has more than 200 locations including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies, with nearly 15,000 employees across the state of Kentucky and southern Indiana. KentuckyOne Health is the largest health system in Kentucky and has more than 3,100 licensed beds.