10th Annual Men’s Health Event
September 26 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
With the COVID-19 pandemic shining a light on health disparities, especially among people of color, and triggering a greater mortality rate in men, as well as causing countless individuals to delay routine health care services, preventative health care is of high concern. To continue offering accessible health care, The MIU Men’s Health Foundation will host its 10th annual Men’s Health Event on Saturday, September 26, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a new approach in a new environment to comply with current health and safety standards.
Metro Detroit-area men 18 years and older with or without insurance are encouraged to get in the driver’s seat and take control of their health during this event, with free drive-through screenings offered at the Michigan State Fairgrounds. Services will include vital screenings, a bloodwork panel, flu vaccinations, COVID-19 nasal swab and antibody testing, and HIV testing. All tests are offered without participants leaving their vehicles.
“This is an opportunity for those who are delaying their health care services to start them in a very safe environment,” said Dr. Michael Lutz, president and founder of the MIU Men’s Health Foundation and a urologist with the Michigan Institute of Urology. “It’s also a chance to kick off a healthier lifestyle for those who may have been ignoring it. Our screenings save lives, and we have the most in-depth blood screening panel available at a free health event.”
The event provides men with an assessment of their current health and screenings for some of the most treatable diseases. Since many illnesses are preventable, the event also offers a better understanding of how to live a healthy lifestyle, information about men’s health topics and increased awareness about advances in health care. Job fair and vocational information will also be provided.
The free health screenings and tests will be provided in partnership with Wayne State University Physicians Group and are comprehensively valued at more than $500. In addition to standard vital measurements, blood screenings will test for:
- Full lipid profile
- Liver function
- Kidney function
- Prostate-specific antigen (PSA)
- Uric acid
In addition to prostate cancer screenings, colorectal cancer FIT Kits will also be available.
“It’s been estimated that 80,000 cancer diagnoses will be missed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lutz said. “Early detection is the single most important aspect of treatment and recovery.”
Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to reserve a time slot. The goal is to guide 500 cars through the screening process, with a timeline of 15 minutes per car. To enhance social distancing, iPads will be used to check in those in attendance, and participants can access a link through their cell phones to complete survey questions. With the event set up just 100 yards from the Eight Mile and Woodward bus depot, walk-up screening and vaccines will be available through a separate entrance for individuals who do not have their own transportation.
In addition to the health services offered, each vehicle will be given a box of food courtesy of Gleaners Community Food Bank, containing fresh produce, lean protein and shelf stable items. For those attending on foot, bagged lunches will be provided, courtesy of Jack Aronson and Jack’s Roadside BBQ.
More than 100 volunteers will be working the event, including licensed health professionals, operating 10 covered tents where the screenings will take place. All will be trained for and practice current health safety standards, including wearing face masks.
Nearly 20,000 metro Detroiters have attended and nearly 75,000 health screenings have been conducted since the Men’s Health Event first began in 2011. The event was previously held at Ford Field for the past eight years, and at Troy Marriott in its inaugural year.
Advanced registration is available by texting MHE 2020 to 483-55 or online at TheMensHealthEvent.com. Email questions to email@example.com. Detailed descriptions of all blood tests and screenings are available at: https://www.miumenshealthfoundation.org/screening-details. Men who choose to participate in the blood screening tests will receive a copy and explanation of their results by text or by mail for those without a smartphone.