June 26, 2007 > W.O.W.! Get Your Free Diabetes Screening
W.O.W.! Get Your Free Diabetes Screening
Next month, Washington Hospital Healthcare System's mobile health clinic, Washington On Wheels, will make it easy for local residents to get screened for diabetes - for free.
Washington On Wheels, or W.O.W., travels throughout the Tri-City area on a regular basis providing quality health care services to uninsured and underserved segments of the population and began providing free diabetes screenings in 2005.
"Many residents without health insurance don't receive any health care services because they can't afford it," says Ruth Traylor, director of Community Outreach at Washington Hospital. "Therefore illnesses may go untreated. The W.O.W. Mobile Health Clinic provides a much needed service regardless of ability to pay so that all community members can receive health care."
Catching diabetes early
Last summer, according to Traylor, Washington On Wheels performed approximately 200 free screenings for diabetes. This summer, the W.O.W. program plans to provide more than double that amount by offering more opportunities for residents to receive free glucose screenings throughout July and August.
"In 2005, 1.5 million adults were newly diagnosed with diabetes in the United States," Traylor says. "Almost six percent of Alameda County residents have diabetes, and a third of that population doesn't know it. If left untreated, diabetes can lead to stroke, blindness and even death."
Under the direction of Medical Director Steven Curran, M.D., Nurse Practitioner Sherrie Kneebone and Medical Assistant Connie Corral provide a host of other health-related services, including:
* Physical exams
* Health screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels for diabetes
* Immunizations and Flu Shots
* Foot care
* Nutritional counseling and health education
* Occupational medicine*
The Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic accepts Medicare and Medi-Cal and some insurance plans and will provide services regardless of immigration status or ability to pay.
"W.O.W. provides safe and easy access to quality health care," according to Traylor.
Find out more
To learn more about the services offered by the Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic, call (510) 608-3203 or visit www.whhs.com, click on "For Our Community," and select "W.O.W. Mobile Health Clinic."
*If your company is interested in utilizing the Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic for occupational medicine services for your employees, please call (510) 794-4671.
W.O.W.'s Free Glucose (blood sugar) screening schedule
First Friday of each month (July 6 and August 3) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.
Second Wednesday of each month (July 11 and August 8) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Irvington Community Center, 41885 Blacow Road, Fremont.
Second Tuesday of each month (July 10 and August 14) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at Our Lady of the Rosary Church, 703 C Street, Union City.
Second Thursday of each month (July 12 and August 16*) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Newark Community Center, 35501 Cedar Boulevard, Newark. *(Third Thursday of the month)
Second Monday of each month (July 9 and August 13) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Fremont. (Also provides service to Fremont and Newark Unified School Districts. Please call for a schedule.)
Third Saturday of each month (July 22 and August 19) - 10:00 a.m. to Noon. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at Newark Community Church, 37590 Sycamore Street, Newark.
Fourth Monday of each month (July 23 and August 27) - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Washington On Wheels Mobile Health Clinic (W.O.W.) will be at the Ruggieri Senior Center, 33997 Alvarado-Niles Road, Union City.