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Free Health, Dental and Vision Screenings at Hamilton Health Center on May 2 Will Help Harrisburg Area Children and Adults
Date:4/24/2009

will also be available. For more information, call (717) 302-3851. Dental services may be scheduled by calling (717) 230-3957.

"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 may need," said Hamilton Health Center Chief Executive Officer Jeannine Peterson. "We are pleased to be included in this inaugural partnership to help our community with their heath, dental and vision care needs and services."

Good dental and vision health is important to a child's development and overall health, and the community-based screening offered by the participating Partners for a Healthy Community will provide Dauphin County children and their parents with a better understanding about staying healthy.

"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 Program Implementation and Development, 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 midstate residents to live longer, healthier lives."

"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 school or work 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
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