WHAT: News conference
WHEN: 1:45 p.m., Dec. 20
WHERE: Crisp Hall Room 125, Southeast Missouri State University
- U.S. Sen. Jim Talent will announce a major federal earmark to establish a mobile health unit to serve Missouri residents throughout the southeast region.
- Dr. Loretta Prater, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, will speak on behalf of the University.
BACKGROUND: The Mobile Assessment and Education (M.A.E.) Health Fair to be administered by Southeast’s College of Health and Human Services is proposed to establish a mobile health unit that will travel to Mississippi, Pemiscot, New Madrid and Dunklin counties, offering health screenings to include cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, vision and hearing, well baby and speech. The unit also will offer nutrition, dietary and pediatric assessments. The mobile unit will be staffed with an interdisciplinary team of Southeast staff, faculty and students. The M.A.E. Health Fair addresses the concern of the Delta Regional Authority to provide assistance to severely distressed and underdeveloped areas to improve economic viability in those communities. The M.A.E. initiative can do this by providing services that will result in enhanced personal health for the workforce and their families.