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Migrant workers get free health screenings at Hale Park in Lodi

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Posted: Saturday, August 3, 2013 6:27 pm

More than 70 people with limited access to medical care got free blood tests, physical exams and dental check ups on Saturday at Hale Park on Locust Street.

“Were trying to reach migrant workers,” said Gloria Upchurch, a program manager for The Kidney Trust, a medical non profit for kidney health based in San Bruno. Her group partnered with DaVita Dialysis Center and the Southern Baptist Convention of California to offer free health screenings to 76 people.

The blood tests took 15 minutes from drawing blood to having test results. Patients learned about their risk factors and resources for better health. Each test costs $55, and is paid for by private donors.

Those of African, Asian or Hispanic descent have a higher risk factor for kidney disease and related health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. But Upchurch said the kidney’s role in good health is often forgotten.

“People take the kidney for granted. They don’t realize that all of these other problems are connected to kidney health,” she said.

Steve Brown, a pastor and retired hospice chaplain, has worked with the SBCC for seven years to host this event on the first Saturday in August. The day also included bounce houses for kids, a free lunch, and donation of clothing items and non perishable food.

“We like to say that this is about feeding those who feed us,” said Brown.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com.

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