Hoosiers can get $1,000 worth of health screenings and exams for free starting Thursday.
Workers will turn Exhibit Hall D at the Indiana Convention Center into one of the largest health fairs in the state, when the INShape Indiana Black and Minority Health Fair moves in Thursday.
Visitors to the health fair will receive free health screenings, including everything from a diabetes test, a complete heart risk exam and urinalysis, to prenatal care, sickle cell tests and more.
"Many families without insurance or underinsured... this has become sort of their annual checkup," Vernon Williams, with Indiana Black Expo, told RTV6's Stacia Matthews.
More than 30,000 people are expected to come to the black and minority health fair this weekend.
This year's theme encourages people to take charge of their health by learning more about their bodies.
"Especially for our culture with rampant running of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke... so it's very important to know your numbers," said Deborah Whitfield, with Community Health Network.
Although the health fair targets minorities, it's open to all Hoosiers, said Antoinette Holt, with the state's health department.
"Red, yellow, purple, polka dot, blue... you can come in and get your screening," Holt said. "We are trying to reach racial ethnic minorities just because health disparities are so rampant among people of color."
Organizers said lives have been saved at the fair in the past. One patient was sent to the hospital after he learned he had prostate cancer.
"He's alive today, and he credits the health fair for saving his life," Holt said. "There are hundreds, perhaps thousands who have similar stories... maybe not as serious, but something they needed to draw attention to in terms of their health care."
Though the health screenings are free, there is an admission to get into the Convention Center Friday through Sunday. Tickets will be $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
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