JWCH Institute unveils innovative CSI Health Stations in Central Los Angeles

Los Angeles 19 June 2003The JWCH Institute Inc. unveiled Computerized Screening Inc.'s (CSI) patented Health Stations in Central Los Angeles, an area commonly referred to as "Skid Row". Bringing this innovative technology to the underserved population furthers the mission of the Service Planning Area 4, Co-ordinated Prevention Network (SPA 4, CPN), which is to reduce the incidence of preventable diseases. Led by the JWCH Institute, the SPA 4, CPN is a coalition of twenty organisations committed to reducing the incidence of HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis and substance abuse among at-risk members of the downtown LA community.

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The CSI Health Station is a freestanding kiosk, which provides individuals with health screening tools, preventive education and access to local health resources. The Health Station is a highly effective means to strengthen the SPA 4, CPN's ability to reach the underserved population of the community with alternative health care access points.

"With a disproportionately high number of residents in this area diagnosed with HIV and other preventable diseases per year, our goal is to use creative outreach strategies to improve awareness of all of the valuable health resources that are available", stated Jill Rotenberg, Programme Manager, JWCH Institute Inc. "The Health Stations are a user-friendly, easily accessible tool that provide vital links to health care resources and education in community-based settings that are familiar and comfortable amongst our target populations."

According to estimates, as many as 53 percent of Central Los Angeles residents are without health insurance and at increased risk for serious health issues and preventable diseases. The JWCH Institute led network is designed to improve service co-ordination and health care service delivery. The network receives funding through a grant from the County of Los Angeles, Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS Programmes and Policy (OAPP).

"CSI is extremely proud that the Health Stations are part of the SPA 4, CPN's innovative strategy and we are confident that they will expand the awareness of the myriad of health care services available in the area", stated Charles Bluth, Founder and CEO of Computerized Screening Inc. "The CSI Health Station is a valuable tool to meet the challenge of reaching the thousands of at-risk community members."

The Health Stations offer comprehensive screenings that include patented blood pressure and heart rate monitoring and other preventive health care tools and features. Each Health Station includes a customised resource directory with referral information for health and social service resources in Central LA. The Health Station also employs sophisticated telemedicine technology that allows individuals to immediately schedule appointments with JWCH-affiliated providers. The initiative provides incentives for users to keep appointments by issuing vouchers at the Health Station that may be redeemed for food, health supplies or transportation once the individual's visit is complete.

JWCH Institute Inc. is a private, non-profit health agency. The mission of JWCH Institute is to improve the health and wellness of under-served segments of the population of Los Angeles County through the direct provision or co-ordination of health care, health education services and research. The mission is being accomplished through a variety of programmes and activities, such as medical outreach and referrals for medical care, HIV counselling and testing; health education; case management and intervention; primary medical care; family planning services; and research.

Computerized Screening Inc. is a privately held medical device manufacturer, health care technology and marketing company. The centerpiece of CSI's health complement is the CSI Health Station, a one-stop health information, and screening technology that features four patents. Included in these is a patent for the most accurate, non-invasive automated blood pressure measurement device in existence today.

CSI was founded in 1978, with a mission to offer affordable, accurate blood pressure and heart rate testing in non-clinical settings. One billion tests have been performed in CSI's twenty-five years and CSI continues to achieve its founding corporate mission to provide individuals with access to accurate, affordable health assessment tools and information that encourage wellness and disease prevention. CSI is based in Sparks, Nevada. More company news is to be found in the VMW June 2003 article Patented blood pressure screening technology reduces hypertension risks for 50 million afflicted Americans.


Leslie Versweyveld

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