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September 21st, 2004

 Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day, September 21, 2004. Be there for them. 1800-444-6472. HHS Health Gap
 

September 21 is Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day
  Take A Loved One to The Doctor Day is part of a national campaign by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that focuses on the health gap between racial and ethnic minorities and the general population.
  Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day encourages individuals to see a health care professional on September 21, 2004, or make an appointment for the near future.  By focusing our efforts on a single day, we believe we can help generate a greater understanding of the importance of regular health screenings while at the same time focus on those populations that tend to have the least access to health care.
  Research has shown that many individuals need to be motivated to seek out regular health care. While most people wait until there is an emergency before they go see a doctor (Health care professionals understand the value of preventive care), Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day is an excellent way to screen individuals, and where necessary, refer them for follow-up care.
 

How can I Participate in Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day?

  red arrow Identify someone you know who hasn't been to the doctor lately and make an appointment for them. Then take them.
  red arrow Or, if you haven't been to the doctor in a while, make an appointment for yourself.
  red arrow If they (or you) don't already have a doctor, or don't have health insurance, contact your local community health center (www.bphc.hrsa.gov/databases/fqhc) or local health department to ask about free or low-cost care.
  red arrow If you have insurance and don't use it, there is no better time than now.
  red arrow If you need assistance finding a health provider, click here or call 1-800-444-6472 and ask to speak to an information specialists.
When is Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day?
September 21, 2004. But individuals are urged to consider any day as a good day to take a loved one to the doctor. If you can't get an appointment on September 21, make an appointment for later in the week. The point is to go see a health professional and begin taking charge of your health.
Many organizations and communities are sponsoring health events on September 21. Some communities will have health events or screenings, others will have health centers ready to take new patients on that day.
red triangle Call toll-free at 1-800-444-6472 to find out which organizations in your area have agreed to be campaign partners. Ask them what they are doing on September 21.
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