LIVINGSTON, NJ — In an effort to encourage the area’s Chinese population to take charge of its health, the Center for Asian Health at Saint Barnabas Medical Center is hosting a Chinese Wellness Day on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center.
New Jersey has the fourth-largest concentration of Chinese people in the US, which increased 33 percent in just the past 10 years according to the Center for Asian Health. According to representatives, many Primary Care and Specialist Physicians will be available on April 23 to talk about Barnabas Health’s new Chinese Health Initiative, which offers bilingual primary-care and patient-navigation services.
“Many Chinese report problems accessing healthcare due to language and cultural barriers”, said Su Wang, MD, MPH, the Center’s medical director. “People will travel to Flushing, Queens to seek healthcare or many just haven’t seen a doctor in years. We hope to help create a network of providers here in Northern New Jersey to meet their needs.”
Free health screenings, first come first serve, will include: Blood Pressure, Bone Density, Heel Screening, Hepatitis B Testing, Skin Cancer , BMI and Body Fat Percentage, Balance Screening, Lung Cancer Screening and Vision Screening
Special demonstrations will include: “How Physical Therapy Can Help You (Back & Knee Demo),” “Healthy Eating, Healthy You Health Grain Alternatives,” “SBMC Burn Truck: How to Keep Your Family Safe” and a “Child Life Activity Table.”
“Besides the talks, we have some doctors who will be there, so [attendees] will have a chance to meet the different kinds of doctors that are [at Saint Barnabas],” a representative said. “Especially if they are looking for their own doctor, they can come and find their own eternal doctor. We will have an area for the children as well, so the children can come to the child-life activity table where we will have something for them.”
A special community panel of physicians and medical students will also share their experiences at 1 p.m. on the day.
Free “Health Talks” will include:
9:00 a.m. Dr. Renee Huang presents: "Preventing Colon Cancer"
9:30 a.m. Diana Toto, M.S Program Director presents: "Concussions Across the Lifespan"
9:30 a.m. Dr. Sarah Fan presents: "What You Need to Know About Heart Health"
9:30, 10:30, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Kevin Chen, PharmD presents: "Common Medication Mistakes"
10:00 a.m. Dr. Su Wang, Medical Director presents: "HepatitisB&LiverHealth"
10, 11, & 12 p.m. Dr. Janet Yeh presents: "Breast Cancer: Screening & Prevention"
10:30 a.m. Dr. Pei Hsu presents: "Relationships and Mental Health: New Research Findings"
11:00 a.m. Frank Winters & Jerry Zee from CMS present: "Navigating Health Insurance: Medicare, Medicaid, & Health Insurance Marketplace"
11:30 a.m. Dr. Peter Lee presents: "When to go the ER"
12:00 p.m. Dr. Larry Siu presents: "Common Gastrointestinal Conditions in Asians”
Free coffee, tea and water will be provided throughout the day and lunch will be made available for $5. Parking for the event is free. For questions and more information, contact the Center for Asian Health, located at 101 Old Short Hills Rd., Suite 408, by calling (973) 322-6888.