Help keep Oklahoma healthy by supporting the Oklahoma Lions Service Foundation of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. We offer free blood sugar, bone density, and general health screening statewide.
Mobile Health Screening Unit
While visiting Lions in other states two of the Oklahoma City Downtown Lions club members, Robert E. Lee and the late Joe Blair, saw the inner workings of mobile health screening units. They brought home the dream of having one in the State of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit (MHSU) started with the OKC Downtown Lions Club and the Tulsa Downtown Lions Club. Each donated $7,500 to start the $186,000 needed to obtain a unit. Lions Clubs International Foundation gave $50,000 and individual Lion members and other Lions clubs made up the difference.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Oklahoma and Integris Health also sponsored the unit’s operating costs and are still a major donor. The MHSU travels statewide and with the help of local Lions and medical professionals.
The unit offers free screenings for:
|• Visual acuity
• Blood glucose
|• Blood pressure
• Bone density
• Lung capacity
|• Body mass index (BMI)
• Cholesterol screening
The unit is usually scheduled in partnership with local churches, health facilities, shopping centers, health fairs and special events. To schedule the MHSU in Oklahoma please call Marie Burns, OLSF Executive Director, phone (405) 947-6540.
All screenings are free to the public. The visit of the MHSU is a function of the humanitarian services that are provided by the Lions Clubs of Oklahoma and INTEGRIS Health. From In 2014-2015, the MHSU performed more than 7,000 screenings. In 2015-16 more than 9000 tests were performed. More than 30% of these tests failed and many Oklahomans were encouraged to visit their local physician to avoid health complications.
Helping the Community
According to the United Health Foundation, Oklahoma currently ranks 48th in the nation in overall health. This number is based on factors such as obesity (Oklahoma is currently ranked 40th), diabetes (43rd), and cardiovascular deaths (48th).
A majority of those using the MHSU are the rural, poor, indigent, and elderly who traditionally do not seek medical attention on a regular basis. On a positive note, a year-long survey revealed that 60% of those who fail one or more of the screenings sought medical attention within 30 days. The MHSU is available for both Oklahoma Lions Clubs and non-Lions organizations. Please call to request our health services today.