St. Vincent de Paul Offers Vaccinations & Health Information
Basic health care is a major concern for thousands of people in our King County communities. As a result of the seriousness of this issue, we have implemented a basic health assessment program at our Seattle Food Bank. Located at 5972 Fourth Avenue South in Seattle, we are periodically offering free flu vaccinations, blood pressure checks and other health assessments to people when we are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Concern for Heart Health & Other Conditions
While our first project with health assessments deals with very basic and important check-ups, we are exploring the feasibility of offering eye examinations and other services. We also believe this strategy has the potential to be implemented at our five thrift Store locations in King County.
Health Check-Ups at Food Bank
Our thinking on developing stronger programs in healthcare was bolstered by a landmark paper published several years ago by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study reported on what happens to underprivileged people when they do have health insurance. In reporting on the study the New York Times said:
“When people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability.”
St. Vincent de Paul Offers Health Literature
To help generate awareness for the health assessment initiative, St. Vincent de Paul has done promotion announcements, sign-up sheets, vaccination education sessions and distributed information materials and consent forms.