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Participants of the 12th Annual Health Fair organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey
Participants of the 12th Annual Health Fair organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey

On November 13, a health screening and disease awareness and prevention fair was held at Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Secaucus, NJ.  The health fair was organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey in collaboration with Secaucus Temple. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey, a nonprofit organization under tax exempt code 501© (3) held this annual fair for the 12th consecutive year at this location to benefit needy people in the South Asian community.

The health fair was open to all preregistered participants above the age of 40 without any medical insurance or people who are underinsured with high deductible to receive preventive screening, education and counseling on medical, dental and mental health disorders.  The comprehensive health screening included blood test, EKG, vision screening for glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, physical examination, dental screening, cardiology and physical therapy counseling, various types of cancer screening and prevention education, women disorders, chronic diseases screening for diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disorders and mental health disorders. Many other ancillary screening and counseling were also provided to include dietary counseling, medication management counseling and physical therapy counseling from various providers.  The physicians, dentists, mental health providers and other allied health care professionals from various specialties of internal medicine, cardiology, ophthalmology, gynecology, physical therapy, dietary and nutritional specialist, pharmacist, phlebotomists, EKG techs, medical assistants, nurses, social workers and medical students provided their services on this day to screen and educate patients on diabetes, hypertension, cardiac diseases, high cholesterol, prostate cervical, colorectal and breast cancer screening and education and other chronic debilitating diseases specifically targeted to the South Asian population.  Many local health care organizations and county health clinics provided their services to include free digital mammogram on site to more than 50 women on this day. The mental health education and counseling were provided by mental health experts to recognize and treat depression, stress, anxiety and many other disorders which are common but not discussed in South Asians due to social taboo, misbelief and denial.

Medical practitioners checking patients at the 12th Annual Health Fair organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey
Medical practitioners checking patients at the 12th Annual Health Fair organized by the Indian Health Camp of New Jersey

The blood test reports will be reviewed by the physicians and mailed it to all participants with a counseling note, if any abnormalities are detected in the test.  The dedicated team from the State of New Jersey Commission for the Blind provided thorough eye screening to qualified patients to promote their noble cause of preventing blindness in the community.

Indian Health Camp of NJ and their dedicated committee members and volunteers provided their selfless and dedicated service to support the health fair activities on this day. More than 50 providers to include medical and paramedical volunteers as well as medical and dental students and young volunteers provided excellent services to serve the purpose of helping needy people in the community. Rupen Patel of Accurate Diagnostic Labs provided free basic blood test services on this day.  The management of Secaucus Temple once again extended their selfless services by providing the venue and resources to help communities at large. Secaucus Mayor Mr. Mike Gonnelli visited the health fair to extend his support and appreciated all the volunteers and the management of Secaucus temple and committee members of Indian Health Camp of NJ.  The breakfast and lunch were provided to all participants and volunteers.

To date, IHCNJ provided screening to more than 10,000 needy people in South Asian communities throughout the New Jersey since its inception in 1999. Indian Health Camp of New Jersey held their health fairs at Bridgewater, South Brunswick and Secaucus in 2016.  The screening fairs will be scheduled at various locations in 2017 starting in early summer months.