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Free Health, Dental and Vision Screenings This Sunday Will Help Lancaster County Children and Adults
Date:9/11/2008

Highmark Blue Shield and United Concordia Team Up With Lancaster Partners

for a Healthy Community

CAMP HILL, Pa., Sept. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- This Sunday, September 14, The Lancaster Partners for a Healthy Community will host a day of free health and vision screenings and dental care. The public is invited to participate in this day-long community event which is open to children and adults who are uninsured or have minimal health or dental coverage. Advance registration is not required.

Event sponsors Highmark Blue Shield and United Concordia Companies, Inc., and a variety of local organizations will offer a variety of screenings and services from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be offered no cost to participants.

Partners include:

-- SouthEast Lancaster Health Services

-- Community Action Program Family Center

-- Crispus Attucks Community Center

-- Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County

-- In the Heart of Lancaster

-- Lancaster County Council of Churches

-- Lancaster General Hospital

-- School District of Lancaster

-- Urban League of Lancaster

-- Water Street Medical/Dental Clinic

-- Davis Vision / Total Vision Care

Screenings and services will be provided at SouthEast Lancaster Health Services, 625 Duke Street, Lancaster. Free parking will be available at nearby schools and churches. Health care professionals will be available for individual consultations and to provide information on a variety of topics. Information on Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), adultBasic and Medicaid programs administered by Highmark will also be available.

In addition to screenings, entertainment, refreshments and give-aways will be provided all day; and, an information tent onsite will spotlight 20 local organizations where representatives will provide details on the variety of services they have available to the community.

Since many families do not have insurance or have limited funding for care, professionals will volunteer their time to bring this important service to the community to ensure those who participate receive the care they need.

"Without adequate insurance, people tend to put off seeking medical treatment, which can potentially contribute to more severe health problems," said Highmark's Director of Community Program Implementation, Charles Gladney. "Partners for a Healthy Community provides people with an opportunity to learn, to be screened, to receive services and information that will help Lancaster Countians to live longer, healthier lives."

Good dental and vision health is important to a child's development, and the community-based screening offered by all of the participating Partners for a Health Community will provide Lancaster County children and their parents with a better understanding about the importance of good overall health as well as dental and vision health.

"Oral disease is a growing epidemic in the United States," says Harlon L. Robinson, United Concordia corporate vice president of Human Resources and Administration and Corporate Diversity chairman. "Dental decay can cause pain, loss of time from work or school and lower self-esteem. Our goal is to make sure everyone has the opportunity to see a dentist so they can achieve optimal oral health no matter where they live. We also teach them healthy dental habits that they can carry with them through their lives."

"Vision care professionals agree that fewer than 20 percent of children in our country are adequately screened for vision problems which affect one in 200 preschoolers and one in four school-age children," said Laura Dyer, Davis Vision's assistant vice president, Strategic Events and Community Relations.

Free health screenings include:

-- Glucose/sugar

-- Blood pressure

-- Cholesterol

-- Body mass index

-- Breast exam/breast cancer survivor workshops

-- Depression

-- Bone density

-- Asthma

-- Vision

And, free dental services for children and adults will include:

-- Screenings

-- Restorative procedures

About Highmark Blue Shield

As one of the state's leading health insurers and with nearly 70 years of community involvement, Highmark Blue Shield helps members live longer, healthier lives by ensuring access to affordable, high quality health insurance and services. Highmark offers the widest range of products, access to all area hospitals and the most responsive customer service. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. Employing more than 5,000 people in central Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley, Highmark provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Blue Shield is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans. For more information about Highmark Blue Shield, visit http://www.highmark.com.

About United Concordia

United Concordia Companies, Inc., headquartered in Harrisburg, PA, is one of the nation's largest dental insurers, with more than 7.7 million members worldwide. In 2007, United Concordia processed more than 12 million claims and attained revenues of $1.3 billion. For more information on United Concordia, visit http://www.ucci.com.

About Davis Vision

Davis Vision Inc., based in Plainview, NY, is one of the nation's premier vision care companies, and has been providing comprehensive vision benefits for nearly 45 years. The company currently serves over 55 million members across the country delivering best-in-class vision care products and services through an extensive network of nearly 45,000 participating providers. For more information about Davis Vision, visit http://www.davisvision.com. Its Total Vision Care retail store is located at 854 Plaza Boulevard in Lancaster, and can be reached by phone at (717) 295-3111.


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