By: Sabrina Lee
Students can get free medical screenings at the Illini Union.
The Illini Medical Screening Society is a registered student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. They offer free physical health screenings to residents of the Champaign-Urbana community. The goal of the group is to provide healthcare for those who may be uninsured or unable to reach basic care.
Screenings involve getting blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate checked, and a certified physician from Carle Hospital aids in the analysis of results. The organization is made up of students at the university, the majority of them being pre-health or pre-med students.
“It’s a great way to both get clinical experience and help out the community,” said sophomore Ionna Karass, Social Chair for IMSS.
The organization used to offer health screenings in various health clinics in the Champaign-Urbana area, however, due to the coronavirus pandemic, they’ve had to cut back on their screenings, with what they have to offer, and the frequency at which they are offered. Screenings have been moved to the Illini Union, and they have seen significantly more university students since moving locations.
“We’re really seeing less local members of the community, but the awareness of our group on campus is spreading,” said sophomore volunteer Natalia Nikolic.
The IMSS now offers mental health screenings as well as physical health, which may aide struggling university students who may not have access to resources outside of school.
“Mental health screenings are something that we’ve wanted to be able to bring into our program for a while now, and the pandemic managed to bring that to us,” said Karass.
The IMSS offers these health screenings about three times a month, and plans to continue to run them next semester.