Patient Care

City, URMC Partner for 5th Annual Women’s Health Screening Fair

Aug. 25, 2013
Mayor Presents James Woods with Key to City
City of Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards presents a Key to the City to Women's Health Screening Fair organizer James R. Woods Jr., M.D. (Photo courtesy of Communications Bureau, City of Rochester)

City of Rochester Mayor Thomas S. Richards and Director of the Rochester Public Market James Farr joined James R. Woods Jr., M.D., today to announce the fifth annual Women’s Health Screening Fair set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Rochester Public Market, 280 N. Union St.The Fair will provide free screening tests for a host of women’s health risks. 

“We are grateful to partner with URMC to support the Women’s Health Screening Fair and to make use of the Rochester Public Market in this beneficial way,” said Mayor Richards. “The free screenings are a valuable resource for the women who need them the most. I sincerely thank the University of Rochester Medical Center for their hands-on community involvement and especially Dr. Woods, the driving force behind this initiative.”

“Promoting women’s health requires personal responsibility, but also community action,” said Woods, former chair of Ob/Gyn at URMC. “The Women’s Health Screening Fair at the Rochester Public Market confirms this commitment. Results from our four prior fairs revealed numerous participants with serious health risk factors. Once again we are urging women to ‘spend an hour with us’ and we will give you back a lifetime of health.”

The fair offers a variety of free health screenings to adult women from ages 18 to 80, including tests for AIDS/HIV, osteoporosis, breast health, heart disease, stroke risk, dental problems, diabetes, glaucoma, kidney disease, lead poisoning, mental health issues and skin and colon cancer. Information booths will be available to Ask the MD, Ask the Ob/Gyn, Ask the Nutritionist and Ask the Pharmacist. Help for smoking cessation and also for insurance enrollment will be offered for those in need. Physicians and mid-level care providers will be on site throughout the event for screenings and to answer questions. ASL interpreters will be available.

The Women’s Health Screening Fair at the Market is co-sponsored by the City of Rochester, Wegmans, MVP Health Care, Excellus, M&T Bank, Canandaigua National Bank, Chase, Presentation Source, Verizon Wireless, Rochester Woman’s Magazine, 94.1 The Zone, Fickle 93.3 and Warm 101.3.

Also at today’s press conference, Mayor Richards presented the Key to the City to Woods “for his extraordinary contributions and tireless advocacy to address women’s health care, particularly through Woods’ outreach into the Rochester community as founder of the Women’s Health Screening Fair.”

“Dr. Woods is recognized internationally for his compassionate approach to caring for the health needs of women and his academic and community contributions are exceptional,” said Mayor Richards. “The City is honored to bestow this Key to the City to Dr. Woods for his concern for our local population and for a life-time of dedication to women’s health care.”

For more information, Rochesterians may call 311. Outside the city, call (585) 428-5990 or click here.