Local Mayors to Receive Health Screenings at City Hall to Launch Preventive Health Initiative

Date(s) - 04/02/2014
10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Providence City Hall

WHAT:  Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien will each receive a diabetes screenings to kick off a new series of preventive health events taking place across the state this spring.

A partnership between Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, Lifespan, and Walgreens, the initiative aims to screen 500 Rhode Islanders for diabetes, dyslipidemia and hypertension at a series of six free wellness events across the state in April, May and June.

WHEN:  April 2, 2014, 10:30 AM

WHERE:  Providence City Hall, Alderman’s Chamber, 3rd Floor

WHY:  This wellness partnership is part of a broader effort to reduce healthcare disparities in Rhode Island’s Latino and African American communities. 
Nearly 20 percent of African American adults, and 13 percent of Latino adults, have diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes. Heart-damaging dyslipidemia and hypertension are also more prevalent among minority communities. Early detection and action can reduce negative outcomes, but these conditions do not always exhibit symptoms, making it necessary for anyone with risk factors to get regular screenings.


· Providence Mayor Angel Taveras
· Central Falls Mayor James Diossa
· Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien
· Tracey Cohen, Medical Director, BCBSRI
· Hari Bhatt, MD, Endocrinology & Diabetes Spet, Hallett Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology
Advance registration not required. Interviews can be coordinated through Kyrie Perry (Kyrie.Perry@bcbsri.org / 401-459-1714).

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