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Oklahoma City Indian Clinic holds annual Men’s Health Fair in an effort to reduce health disparities in American Indian men

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic holds annual Men’s Health Fair in an effort to reduce health disparities in American Indian men

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, hosted it’s Men’s Health Fair on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Over 120 patients were seen during the Men’s Health Fair. The health fair included a staff-prepared chili cook-off, informational booths, giveaways, outdoor activities, and health check-ups and screenings. Screenings are important for men to do all at once because they are less likely to return to complete them once they have left the doctor’s office. Screenings included blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate cancer and colon cancer and more.

“Nobody enjoys going to the doctor, especially men,” Dr. Daniel Molina said, Chief Medical Officer at OKCIC. “We try to make it enticing by having a chili cook-off, giveaways and outdoor activities to make it a more enjoyable experience. This way American Indian men can come, have fun and still get the check-up needed to keep them healthy.”

November is prostate cancer awareness month. Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) among American men and the second most common cancer among American Indian men. About 1-in-7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and around 1-in-39 will die from it. However, prostate cancer is one of the most treatable cancers if caught early. This is why routine screening is so important.

OKCIC would like to thank all the community partners and OKCIC staff for making this event successful. Community partners included: Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc., Integris, Tinker Federal Credit Union and OKCIC health care departments.

About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic

Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 18,000 patients from over 200 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.