On January 20-21, 2015, Dr. James Brosseau, Ann Mason, Susan Streitz, Renee Barry, Jill Kroke and Janet Sherette represented Altru Health System at the State Capitol in Bismarck. The group of six from Altru’s Diabetes Center provided free health screenings for North Dakota legislators. This is the sixth time Dr. Brosseau and his team have provided health assessments.
“I got interested in doing this about 12 years ago, when I volunteered to be Doctor of the Day during the state legislative session,” explained Dr. Brosseau. “Doctors from around the state were on call for legislators who became ill during sessions. There were very few calls, so I thought it would be a good idea to start screening people for high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. It has become more popular each year.”
This year’s health screenings included:
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Lipid panels
From this data, health risk assessments for each individual were calculated and printed within 15 minutes of registration. The group screened more than 140 people, consisting of mostly legislators and elected officials.
“I love being a part of an organization that not only cares about the health and wellness of our community but also the state,” explains Ann Mason, nurse practitioner.
“A great big thank you to Dr. Brosseau and the staff from Altru,” exclaims Courtney Koebele, executive director of the North Dakota Medical Association. “The free health screenings were talked about all over the chambers. Thank you for your great work and for volunteering your time!”
Dr. Brosseau concludes, “When I started the program, I never thought it would develop into something like this. We have already been invited to return in 2017.”