ATA health camp in Aurora, IL

The American Telugu Association (ATA) organized a free Health Fair event in Aurora, IL on Saturday, Sep 9th, 2017. The Health Fair was held in the Bethany Of Fox Valley United Methodist Church and was attended by more than 200 people from the local Chicagoland area.

Health Fair activities were focused primarily on providing preventive health screenings for attendees. Services offered included vital signs evaluation, EKGs, and Blood draws with testing for complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile, Hemoglobin A1c fordiabetes, and lipid profiles. Screenings for colon cancer via FOBT were also provided. Additionally, a team of primary care and specialist physicians provided free consultations. Specialties represented included Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Hematology/Oncology, Endocrinology, Anesthesiology, Radiology with Breast specialists, Gastroenterology, Psychiatry, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation, and Gynecology. Dentistry services were also provided, courtesy of Dr. Sakala. All attendees of the health fair were offered information about discounted services for further imaging studies in cancer screening.

More than 20 specialty doctors, 15 medical students, 15 ATA team members, and 20 volunteers from the community worked tirelessly towards the success of the health fair. Everyone who participated in the planning and execution of the event contributed greatly to both administering services and educating attendees on various aspects of preventive health care.

In addition to the primary health care services, Chicago Medical Society, under the leadership of Dr. Vemuri Murthy, conducted a "Hands-On CPR and AED" information and training session for all attendees and volunteers. Moreover, attendees were provided the opportunity to participate in a research study which diagnosed and provided long term care for South Asian individuals with genetic markers for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, courtesy of the University of Cincinnati.

The ATA team sincerely thanks all of the physicians who gave their valuable time to provide free services at the event, and Dr. Meher Medavaram and Naperbrook Medical Center for their efforts in both organizing the event and in generously providing medical supplies and covering testing/screening costs for the fair.

The ATA Team comprised of ATA Advisory Chair Hanmanth Reddy, ATA Board of Trustee Dr. Meher Medavaram, regional director Venkat Thudi, regional coordinators Mahipal Reddy, Hari Raini, standing committee members Sainath Boyapalli, Ramana Abbaraju, Jagan Bukkaraju, Bhanu Swargam, Narasimha Chittaluri, Maheeder Musukula, Karunakar Doddam, Ramana Abbaraju, Amar Nettum, and Laxmi Boyapalli (ATA OC).

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