HEALTH BRIEFS: Free prenatal care visits offered to uninsured pregnant women

Free prenatal care visits offered to uninsured pregnant women

The Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett is offering up to three free prenatal care visits to uninsured pregnant women Tuesday afternoons during the mothers’ first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

The Center will help locate other obstetric and delivery services for expectant mothers after 14 weeks, with successful placement contingent on each mother’s eligibility. The Center is also conducting a research study about the effectiveness of nutritional counseling during pregnancy. The prenatal visits will include:

• Comprehensive history and first trimester prenatal exam

• Comprehensive dietary evaluation

• Comprehensive first trimester education

• Blood work if indicated

The Prenatal Care is limited to women experiencing a normal pregnancy, and the first prenatal visit is free for all pregnant women. Diagnostic blood work is provided at very low cost.

The second and third visits are also free if the mother participates in the dietary research study. If she does not wish to participate in the study, a $25 visit fee is charged for each appointment after the first visit.

All patients will pay a $25 focused visit fee beginning on the fourth visit. The staff of the Good Samaritan Health Center will determine on an individual basis how often a pregnant woman needs to return to the clinic after the fourth visit.

All prenatal visits are offered by appointment only on Tuesdays. Call 678-280-6630 for more information.

Local organization observing Heart Awareness Month with skate night

The Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. is rolling forward in observance of the American Heart Association’s Heart Awareness Month with “Roll Bounce to a Healthy Heart with UAO,” a family fun night fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Skate-A-Long USA at 744 Beaver Ruin Road N.W in Lilburn. Tickets are $10 and skates are included.

“UAO is proud to show the community how heart health awareness can be both fun and a family affair,” said Karan Rhodes, president of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter. “Knowledge is power and we are committed to ensuring the residents of Gwinnett County are provided the information and resources they need to lead heart healthier lives.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women in the United States, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined.

“UAO is excited to add to our 2014 community service calendar a fundraising event supporting the American Heart Association,” Andria S. Daniels, vice president of the Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter. “This event supports an organization dedicated to educating the public on heart disease and will be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family.”

Skaters and non-skaters are invited to join sorority members and their families for a night of cardiovascular activity and fundraising. To purchase tickets online, visit http://bit.ly/rollbounceuao. For more information, visit www.upsilonalphaomega.com.