BY JOHANA RESTREPO
On Oct. 9 screenings were held to raise health awareness on the East and West campuses.
The Stamford Hospital provided screenings in its Mobile Mammography Unit in front of the West Campus from noon to 6 p.m.
Patients were encouraged to make an appointment on the NCC website or to walk in. Patients saw Cheryl Joseph, mammogram technician. Results are sent to the primary care doctor for review.
The Mobile Mammography Unit provides grants for people without coverage. No-cost mammograms are provided to low-income or uninsured patients.
“We get good feedback, especially from those who are uninsured because it helps them a lot. Most mammograms cost more than $900 depending on the facility you go to,” Radiology Registar Aileen Veliz said.
People are advised to start getting mammograms between the ages of 35 and 39. The first mammogram is called a baseline. After the age of 40, it is advised that people get one every year as part of a routine exam.
People are encouraged to do breast self-examinations and check for abnormalities at any age. If an abnormality is felt, it is important to see a primary care physician to get a script for a mammogram.
The Mobile Mammography Unit has been running for six years, providing mammograms and education on self-exams and result.
The mammography screenings were made available as part of the Fall Wellness Series and co-sponsored by the Pitney Bowes Foundation Wellness Center and the Exercise Science and Wellness Student Clubs, according to the NCC website.
Mental health screenings were performed in the East Campus Atrium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Depression Screening Day.
Participants of the screenings filled out a form with questions that referred to depression, mood, anxiety and post traumatic stress.
After filling the form out, students sat down with one of the volunteers from the Family and Children’s Agency (FCA), Stephan Genovese, Jim Hughes, or Emilie Bensimon, to go over their results.
If someone scored high, this was considered a “warning score” according to Genovese. If someone received a warning score, protocol would be to pull them aside and get a more in-depth screening and would be advised to visit a counseling center.
The screenings were made available to raise awareness about services provided in the Counseling Center on campus and other centers in the Norwalk community.
Andrea Arnold, part-time clinician at NCC through the FCA believes it is important to educate people in self-awareness of triggers and negative thoughts.
She explained that everyone deals with stress differently and some are more intimidated about getting help than others. It’s important to explain to a person needing help, even if one has no experience, to let them know it is okay to have those feelings and to address them.
Students wishing to speak to a counselor can see Arnold or the full-time clinician, Lisa Slade.
The mental wellness screenings were sponsored by the Counseling Center, Mental Health Workgroup, Family and Children’s Agency, and Southwest Regional Metal Health Board.
On Oct. 2 and 9 the Health on Wheels (HOW) bus came to NCC from 8:30- 11:30 a.m. to provide students with information about the services available.
The HOW bus will provide students and faculty with medical care services such as vaccinations, flu shots and physical exams every Thursday 8:30- 11:30 a.m. starting Oct. 16.
The HOW services are sponsored by the Norwalk Community Health Center.