HEALTH BRIEFS: Health care program canceled

2014-01-06T18:15:00Z 2014-01-06T18:41:06Z HEALTH BRIEFS: Health care program canceled

HAMMOND | Inclement weather has forced the cancellation of a health care marketplace educational program that was scheduled today at Franciscan St. Margaret Health hospital in Hammond.

The program, called MDwise Marketplace 101, will not take place.

Group touting cervical health

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every three days, a Hoosier woman dies because of cervical cancer, according to the Kristen Forbes EVE Foundation, which was named after a 23-year-old woman who died of cervical cancer in 2008.

About 12,000 women are diagnosed yearly in the United States, and more than 4,000 die from it.

There is an HPV vaccine and there are screening tests for the disease. The vaccine is approved for males and females ages 9 to 26. Infection with HPV is the single greatest risk factor for cervical cancer, according to the Indiana Cancer Facts & Figures.

The Indiana Breast and Cervical Cancer Program provides access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, diagnostic testing and treatment for underserved and underinsured women.

Eligibility for the program, which is in response to the CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, is determined by age, income and family size. For more information and to check eligibility, call the Indiana Family Helpline at (855) 435-7178 or visit

Methodist hosts ACA sessions

Methodist Hospitals will host multiple information sessions about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Navigators and certified application counselors will host the free seminars.

The first quarter dates are as follows: 3-6 p.m. Thursday at the Northlake Gary campus, 600 Grant St., Seyl Auditorium; 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at its Merrillville campus, 8701 Broadway, Pavilion B; 3-6 p.m. Feb. 19 at its Midlake campus, 2269 W. 25th Ave., Gary, Room 164; 3-6 p.m. March 13 at its Merrillville campus, Pavilion B; and 8:30 a.m. to noon March 22 at its Northlake Gary campus, in the south pavilion auditorium.

For questions and additional information, call (219) 886-4584 or (219) 738-5508.

Student athlete heart checks

KNOX | Indiana University Health Starke Hospital is offering free heart screenings to student athletes on a first-come, first-served basis.

Screenings will be offered to area high school students, ages 15 and older, at the following times: 3-7 p.m. Jan. 22, 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 and 3-7 p.m. Jan. 29. A limited number of free screenings will be performed in the first floor Conference Room at IU Health Starke Hospital, 102 E. Culver Road. Registration is required by calling (219) 326-2309.

Students must have signed parental consent and not be under the care of a physician for any cardiac-related conditions. Student athletes will be screened with an electrocardiogram and limited echocardiogram.

For those unable to attend the free screenings, the Heart Cart for High Schools program offers similar screenings. The screenings are offered at a discounted rate of $50. Students will be screened for cholesterol, blood sugar, electrocardiogram and limited echocardiogram.

For more information or to schedule, call (800) 235-6204, ext. 2626.

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