Housing authority residents start year with wellness checks

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The Wilson Housing Authority and Carolina Family Health Centers’ Wilson office have partnered to offer free wellness checks for Wilson’s public housing residents.

The first of these events was held on Wednesday at C. Bruce Rose Plaza.

Sandra Coley, outreach coordinator for Carolina Family Health Centers, said the wellness checks take about five minutes to complete and they screen for sugar levels, blood pressure and HIV.

Jeffrey Little, 52, who lives at the plaza, was first in line to get checked and acknowledged that he “doesn’t take care of himself.” Little said he has been on dialysis for 16 years and will always take advantage of a chance to get checked by a medical professional, particularly his sugar levels.

Coley encourages everyone to get a regular wellness check and told Little that he shouldn’t shy away from getting everything checked so he would have as much information as he could get.

Wilson Housing Authority Resident Services Coordinator Cathy Kent said 17 checks were done during the two hours that Coley and her team were at the plaza.

This is the first of three wellness check sessions that the housing authority and Carolina Family Health Centers have scheduled for the year. A second wellness check is scheduled for Feb. 27 at Forrest Road Homes and a third for March 6 at Whitfield Homes.

Kent said the Wilson Housing Authority tries to schedule the annual free wellness checks for its residents to supplement the medical care they already receive.