In the past several weeks, NOC together with its partners – Beaufort Memorial Hospital, VIM, and DEHEC – completed health screenings at Simmons Cay in Bluffton and at Cordillo and the Oaks in Hilton Head Island. About 150 adults were screened for hypertension, diabetes, breast cancer for women, prostate cancer for men, and HIVAIDS. In all of these neighborhoods, poverty is widespread and a majority of the families do not have health insurance or access to affordable health care.
NOC’s health screenings — working in conjunction with the Lions Club, Ronald McDonald, and local volunteers with health care expertise and experience – have benefited more than 1,500 people over the past seven years. NOC plans to hold additional health screenings in 2015 at Parkview and Marsh Pointe Apartments in downtown Beaufort. People in these neighborhoods appreciate the convenience and ease of these screenings. Scheduling screenings between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. allows many workers to participate. Also, having these screenings in their neighborhoods enables women to take advantage of this essential service.