Sam?s Club Hosts Health Screenings July 10

Sam’s Club Hosts Health Screenings July 10











Sam’s Club Hosts Health Screenings July 10


Bentonville, AR (PRWEB) July 8, 2010

To help its members and community residents detect a range of preventable health problems, Sam’s Club is hosting free health screenings in more than 400 of its locations nationwide from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, July 10. Attendees can select from one or all of the following possible tests to check bone density, cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure and body mass index. The tests are geared for adults 18 years or older and are valued at more than $ 150.00.

“Health screenings are a simple and generally no cost intervention that can provide tremendous insight into your current health and your risk of disease going forward, said Dr. Andrew Myers, a nutrition and preventative health expert. “Health screenings are designed to provide you with a “snap shot” of a number of key health markers and potential risk factors.”

In addition to helping consumers “know their numbers” relative to key health indicators from the screenings, Sam’s Club began notifying pharmacy users by text and phone when their prescription is ready to pick up. Sam’s Club Ready Reminders™ also notify again at three and seven days after being filled, and users can request prescriptions be automatically refilled.

As part of its 100 percent member satisfaction guarantee, Sam’s Club is offering a $ 10 gift card to its members or new pharmacy user in the event they are not completely pleased with their service. Sam’s Club pharmacists rank among the best in the nation based on an Independent Customer Satisfaction Study of National Retail Pharmacies. The pharmacy satisfaction $ 10 gift card program runs through Sept. 30, 2010.

Sam’s Club will host a twitter chat on the health screenings with Dr. Myers from 1-2 p.m. CST on Friday, July 9. Follow @samsclub and use hashtag #SamsClubRX or visit samsclub.com and click on the pharmacy tab.

About Sam’s Club:

Sam’s Club is a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., (NYSE:WMT). The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. Members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Saving is made simple at Sam’s Club. Visit samsclub.com for more information.

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Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1

Taking It to the Streets: National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month Begins July 1










Arlington, VA (PRWEB) June 28, 2010

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month begins Thursday, July 1, coinciding with the annual convention of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Washington, D.C.

NAMI’s Multicultural Action Center and 2010 NAMI Convention are important hubs for multicultural concerns, building on the U.S. Surgeon General’s landmark report on Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity.

“Minority Mental Health Awareness Month is a time for education, support and advocacy,” said NAMI Executive Director Michael Fitzpatrick. “One in four Americans experience mental health problems in any given year. Diverse communities are no exception.”

Minority Mental Health Awareness Month officially honors Bebe Moore Campbell, one of the leading African American writers of the 20th century, who died in 2006. She was a NAMI national spokesperson, co-founder of NAMI Urban Los Angeles and an instructor in NAMI’s Family-to-Family education program.

The Surgeon General has warned that minorities:


are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for mental illness
have less availability and access to mental health services
often receive poorer quality health care
are underrepresented in mental health research.

The 2010 NAMI Convention offers symposia and workshops that energize participants for action in their home communities:

Friday, July 2

Integrating Mental Health in Primary Care (10:45 a.m.)

People with mental illnesses die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans. For minority communities, shortages of mental health professionals and limited access to quality mental health care makes integration of mental health in primary care especially urgent.

Multicultural Mental Health Research (2:00 p.m.)

Research must include cultural competence, disparities and ethnopsychopharmacology.

Taking It to the Streets: Advocacy in Minority Communities (3:45 p.m.)

NAMI will review Minority Mental Health Awareness Month accomplishments during the past two years and brainstorm new activities.

Saturday, July 3

Spiritual Practice and Recovery (8:45 a.m.)

Spirituality is often a component recovery, including roles for African American congregations, zazen, centering prayer and Native American spirituality.

Approaches to Recovery in Underserved Urban Areas (8:45 a.m.)

Outreach and support to underserved populations in urban areas are critical during the severe economic hardship, uncertainty and increased need of current times.

About NAMI

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI has over 1100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education, support and advocacy.

http://www.nami.org

twitter.com/namicommunicate

facebook.com/officialNAMI

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July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month

July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month











National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster is available for download at AllsupCares.com


Belleville, Ill. (PRWEB) June 28, 2011

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, yet nearly two-thirds of people with a diagnosable mental illness do not seek treatment, and racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. are even less likely to get help, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, and Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, is raising awareness of the importance of treatment in improving mental health and accessing resources that support wellness.

“Unfortunately, disparities in mental health care still prevent people in diverse communities from getting the treatment they need,” said NAMI Multicultural Action Center director Majose Carrasco. “The outcomes of poorer quality of care come at a high cost to our community.”

The U.S. Surgeon General reported in 2001 that minorities:


Are less likely to receive diagnosis and treatment for their mental illness.
Have less access to and availability of mental health services.
Often receive a poorer quality of mental health care.
Are underrepresented in mental health research.

“Poorly delivered or unmet mental health may be a major contributing factor as to why individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups are overrepresented in many of the nation’s most vulnerable populations,” said Henry Acosta, executive director of the National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health (NRCHMH).

Mental disorders are as disabling as cancer or heart disease in terns of premature death and lost productivity. From 2005-06, mental illness was the second-most frequent condition, after arthritis, causing activity limitation among adults 18-44 years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Social Security Administration reports that nearly one-third of disabled workers receiving SSDI benefits have a mental disorder.

The SSDI program provides monthly income based on the FICA taxes individuals have paid during their working years as well as eventual access to Medicare. Both of these benefits contribute to stability and access to care for people with mental illness. However, obtaining these benefits is difficult without medical evidence of a severe disability.

“Medical documentation from mental health professionals is critical when seeking Social Security disability benefits,” said David Bueltemann, Allsup manager of senior claims representatives. “Social Security relies on medical diagnoses and details about the doctors they visit, information on the medical facilities they’ve used, medications and their side effects, as well as information on the restrictions and limitations that have resulted from the mental illness.”

During National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, learn more about mental health treatment and resources available through NAMI at NAMI.org and NRCHMH at NRCHMH.org.

“Treatment works and all Americans deserve a transformed mental health system that provides quality and culturally competent services to all citizens, regardless of their race, ethnic and language capabilities,” said Mr. Acosta.

For referrals to mental health resources near you, call the NAMI HelpLine at (800) 950-NAMI (6264). For information on SSDI eligibility call (888) 841-2126 or visit Allsup.com.

For a free National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month poster, click here.

About Allsup

Allsup is a nationwide provider of Social Security disability representation and Medicare plan selection services. Founded in 1984, Allsup employs nearly 800 professionals who deliver specialized services supporting people with disabilities and seniors so they may lead lives that are as financially secure and as healthy as possible. The company is based in Belleville, Ill., near St. Louis.

About NAMI

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. As a national organization, NAMI focuses on mental health education; support and advocacy efforts to offer hope, raise awareness and initiate change throughout the United States.

About The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health

The National Resource Center for Hispanic Mental Health is a private nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to promoting quality mental health services through policy development initiatives, training, technical assistance, research, data collection, best practice development, and anti-stigma and anti-discrimination campaigns. The NRCHMH specifically aims to reduce disparities and to increase treatment quality and availability of mental health services for Hispanics throughout the nation.

Contacts:

Tai Venuti

Allsup

(800) 854-1418 ext 8573

t(dot)venuti(at)allsupinc(dot)com    

Majose Carrasco                

NAMI

(703) 524-7600

majose(at)nami(dot)org                

Henry Acosta

NRCHMH

(609) 838-5488 ext 205

hacosta(at)nrchmh(dot)org

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