What 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, insured
and uninsured, healthy and unhealthy. The campaign, Closing
the Health Gap, was launched November 19, 2001. 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. Prior to and after Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day, health messages will be aired on radio stations across America discussing the health gap and offering specific tips on leading healthier life.
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. Take a Loved one to
the Doctor Day is for both the healthy and unhealthy, insured
Why is there a Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day?
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, regardless of whether or not they are
Where is Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day Occurring?
Events are being planned by local organizations in communities across the country. These will include health fairs and screenings at specific locations (shopping malls, local parks), community health forums, local media outreach and much more.
Who will Participate in Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day?
Local community-based organizations, including health centers
and health departments, are participating. They are seeing
patients (insured and uninsured), sponsoring health fairs,
sharing information about Take A Loved One to the Doctor
Day and helping to transport individuals to an appointment.
Local civic groups, businesses and other community-based organizations
are also encouraged to participate in any way they can.
How can I Participate in Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day?
It's easy. Identify someone you know who hasn't been to
the doctor lately and make an appointment for them. Then take
them. Or, if you haven't been to the doctor in a while, make
an appointment for yourself. If they (or you) don't already
have a doctor, or don't have health insurance, contact your
local community health center or local health department to
ask about free or low-cost care. If you have insurance and
don't use it, there is no better time than now.
ePhoenixGroup encourages all local health centers and health
departments across America to play a leading role in planning
local events. We encourage you to collaborate with other organizations
or partners in your community to ensure that those most in
need of health care will have access to a health professional
on Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day.