Free Back To School Health Festival

WI Staff | 8/11/2010, 12:13 p.m.

Unison Health Plan of the Capital Area by UnitedHealthcare Presents Two-Day Back to School Connected Care Family Health Festival that will include an 18-wheel United Healthcare Connected Care Mobile Health Clinic that will showcase Telehealth Technology. The first day's events, held Tue., Aug. 17 will include free immunizations, Back to School supplies, and healthy cooking demonstrations and giveaways.

The second day of events, Wed., Aug. 18 features a March of Dimes "Mama & Baby Bus" with HIV Testing and Pregnancy Counseling, Back to School supplies, and diabetes risk assessments and BMI Screenings.

As part of Unison Health Plan's Heart Smart Sisters initiative to raise awareness about the heart health disparities affecting African-Americans and Latinos in the District, high-risk families can experience innovative telehealth technology in UnitedHealthcare's Connected Care mobile unit.

The 18-wheel demonstration clinic showcases advanced technology that greatly expands physicians' reach to where it is needed most-underserved populations often in rural and urban areas.

The festivals will include free immunizations, diabetes risk assessments, and healthy cooking demonstrations. In addition, the March of Dimes "Mama & Baby Bus" will be on hand Wednesday, August 18 at the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to administer blood pressure and dental screenings, HIV testing and pregnancy counseling. Back to school supplies will be provided and other giveaways will be available for all participants.

Both events operate from 8:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. at -United Medical Center on Tuesday and at 1310 Southern Avenue, SE Washington, D.C. 20032 and at D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation 3149 16th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20010 on Wednesday.

Unison Health Plan of the Capital Area, Inc. serves 53,000 Medicaid and Alliance beneficiaries in the District of Columbia. The health plan is a unit of AmeriChoice, the public sector health care business of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH). UnitedHealth Group is a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. AmeriChoice serves 3 million members in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

For more information, visit www.americhoice.com or www.unisonhealthplan.com.