–by Sneha Kamath
PUBLICATION DATE: Aug 14, 2018
On July 21, the Toledo Chapter of Universal Health Aid held its free, annual health screening for underinsured Toledo residents. The health-screening event was student-led and consisted of a planning team made up of Maumee Valley, Ottawa Hills, Perrysburg and St. John’s students. While some students volunteered on the day of the screening, others spent time contacting doctors for the event or engaging in advertisement efforts. The Toledo Chapter’s directors—Toral Soram, Ishani Gupta, Rahul Bais and Kashvi Patel—are currently college students, who have continued dedicating their time to ensure the event runs smoothly.
The screening this year had a massive turnout, as many Toledo residents took advantage of the wide variety of healthcare screenings offered, from well visits to dental care. The day would not have been possible without the doctors from the Toledo Clinic, ProMedica, St. Luke’s, Artisan, and other local healthcare providers. Several medical students from the University of Toledo contributed to the event as well and performed tests for every patient. Dr. Tamirisa, an electrophysiology cardiologist from ProMedica and Dr. Edje, a family physician from St. Luke’s explained their motivation to participate in the screening stating, “Everyone deserves healthcare, no matter what part of the world they’re from. Healthcare should be affordable and accessible—it is a right.”