The Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America (APPNA) Heartland Chapter and Mercy & Truth Medical Missions are partnering to sponsor a free health fair Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 from 2 to 6 p.m. The health fair will be held at the Mercy & Truth KCK Clinic, located at 721 North 31st Street, Kansas City, Kan.
Physicians on the Providence medical staff who are members of the APPNA and who will be volunteering at the health fair include Aman Khan, M.D., pulmonologist and sleep medicine specialist; Maria Javaid, M.D., interventional cardiologist; and Hussain Haideri, M.D., nephrologist. They are among the 40 physicians of Pakistani descent from across the metro that will be providing their services at the event.
LeAnne DeTar Newbert, M.D., a family practice physician with Providence Medical Center Primary Care—Basehor, and medical director of Mercy & Truth, also is assisting with the health fair. JoAnn McIntosh, R.N., a member of the Providence nursing staff who is a volunteer with Mercy & Truth, is taking reservations for the health fair.
"There is a definite need in our community for this event," says Karen Orr, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., C.M.S.R.N., chief nursing officer for Providence. "We are happy to make a small contribution to support the health fair, but want to acknowledge the importance of the partnership between our on-staff physicians and the APPNA, along with all the efforts of JoAnn McIntosh, one of our surgical unit nurses. Their involvement is key to reaching out to our community."
"This is a wonderful event where Muslims and Christians are working side by side for the good of the underserved people of Wyandotte County," says Dr. DeTar Newbert. "Mercy & Truth is in the business of caring for people with the servant's heart of Christ and APPNA desires to give back to the community and serve the poor."
Dr. Khan, who is a past president of the APPNA and is assisting with organizing the health fair, agrees and adds, "By working together, we will be able to make the most of our resources and reach people who need medical care in Wyandotte County."
Abdul Ahad Haleem, M.D., current president of the APPNA and a physician on staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital, adds that the clinic will provide much-needed health care to the uninsured and underprivileged in Kansas City, Kan. "Our health fair is part of the APPNA's preventive health initiative, which will take place in 30 cities in the United States and Canada," he says.
Approximately 40 physician specialists of Pakistani descent from across the area will be on hand to consult with individuals. Patients who are referred to the health fair by other safety net clinics or private providers will receive a copy of their consult notes and a copy will be sent to the referring provider. Patients who have no provider will be given a list of providers participating in the Wyandotte Safety Net clinic network and encouraged to follow up with the consultation information provided.
Specialties represented at the health fair include: internal/general/family medicine/pediatrics; pathology; neurology/neuro-intervention/strokes; pulmonary (sleep); cardiology (heart); allergy/rheumatology; nephrology (kidney diseases); gastroenterology nutrition/dietary; orthopedics (joint, back pain); pain evaluation and management; psychiatry/psychology; and hematology/oncology.
The providers will be administering free flu shots to the first 120 participants. Basic blood tests (cholesterol and glucose), EKGs, echocardiograms and bone densitometry also will be available. Bill Miller, massage therapist, will offer free chair massages.
Health fair appointments are free, but pre-registration is recommended. Contact McIntosh at 913-953-6623 to schedule a free appointment.
Sponsors of the health fair include Providence Medical Center, Walgreen's, Target, Starbucks, Cameron Regional Hospital, Tara Kuhn Photography, Gentiva Hospice and Heart to Heart International. Burmese interpretation will be available courtesy of Joanne Sauter.
About the APPNA
The APPNA is a charitable organization dedicated to fostering scientific development and education in the field of medicine and to delivering better health care, irrespective of race, color, creed or gender. The group is one of the oldest and largest national organizations of individuals of Pakistani descent in the United States. The Heartland Chapter includes Kansas, Nebraska and western Missouri.
About Mercy & Truth Medical Missions
Mercy & Truth Medical Missions has provided medical care to the uninsured and underinsured through Christian service since 1995. Local clinics are located in Shawnee and Kansas City, Kan.
Providenceand Saint John
Committed to excellence and quality patient care, Providence Medical Center, located just one mile east of The Legends in Kansas City, Kan., and Saint John Hospital, located in historic Leavenworth, Kan., offer an extensive array of diagnostic and treatment care. Providence's key services include cardiovascular care, 24/7 emergency services, neurosurgery, orthopaedics and state-of-the-art spine and joint centers. At Saint John, the hospital specializes in 24/7 emergency care, senior behavioral health, rehabilitation and ambulatory care, including surgery. The two facilities are nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, and Providence has earned the Gold Standard as an Accredited Chest Pain Center and the Platinum Performance Achievement Award from the American College of Cardiology. The hospitals are a part of Prime Healthcare Services.