Outside of the Chicago area, Champaign-Urbana is arguably one of the top growing regions of poverty within the United States. There are over 70,000 residents (40% of population) who either have Medicaid health insurance or who have no insurance with severely limited access to primary and specialty healthcare services in Champaign County (reference: Champaign County Health Care Consumers) Fortunately, the 100+ members of IMSS have taken notice through past participation in many health-related volunteer departments, and have been moved to take action against this conflict.
We plan to serve people in all cities within traveling distance of our home location in Champaign-Urbana, IL eight times per semester. Free health clinics, churches, and other community buildings will provide screening facilities. Ultimately, we hope that our organization will serve as a template for other universities to replicate in their geographic area.
- Screen the local community for major diseases without the need of payment.
- Refer clients with abnormal results to appropriate health facilities to obtain further treatment.
- Educate the community about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and about the symptoms and risks related to Diabetes, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, and other heart related diseases.
- Advocate for local free health clinics.
- Educate Pre-Health undergraduate students about basic medical screening tests and associated diseases, and have students observe and understand the financial burdens and lifestyles of the local community in need.