Often musicians do not have access to good medical care and more importantly, to good early detection services to protect them from some of the most common and potentially deadly medical conditions such as High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Skin Cancer. For the Second year in a row, the Blues Foundation will be offering FREE Health screenings for these conditions, through the “Hart” fund at the “International Blues Challenge”.
Where and When?
These Screenings will be held on Wednesday Jan 21 and Thursday Jan 22nd from 1-3:30pm Upstairs at Club 152 Right on Beale St. In addition to the medical screenings, the Blues Foundation has partnered with the Grammy Foundation’s “Musicares” to provide anyone who wants, Custom ear plugs! Molds will be taken during the IBC Event and the Ear Plugs will be mailed to your about 1 month later. It is important for musicians to protect their hearing and these custom ear plugs are valued at over $200 each. The best part is they are being provided to you FREE!
The Affordable Health Care Act
In Addition there will be people on hand to answer any questions you have about the Affordable Health Care Act and how it would apply to you as a musician. The opportunity to talk to someone about your options in this new legislation is a huge benefit to the community!
Is There a Doctor in the House?
Now, they can always use the help, so if you are a physician and you plan on attending the IBC, Dr. Johnston would love to have your assistance in helping provide these screening services. If you believe you can help and you do plan on attending or would like to attend and participate you can contact Dr. Johnston directly.
About Janice Johnston, M.D
Dr. Johnston joined the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation in 2013. She was drawn to the Blues Foundation as an avid blues fan and wanted to give back to the music She love so much. Currently she has taken the lead on the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) which was started over 10 years ago as a fund to help blues musicians and their families with their medical and funeral expenses. Her passion and strong belief that early diagnosis, education and screening are very important, has fueled this very innovated and important addition to the Blues Foundations events. By offering health screening services at the Blues Foundation’s signature events we hope to make an impact on the lives of our blues community. She have also recently started the HART Network, a network of medical providers willing to see the blues community for gratis or discounted rates.
Dr. Janice Johnston is a family physician and medical director of Arrowhead Health in Phoenix, Arizona (www.arrowheadhealth.com). In addition to her work with the Blues Foundation and the Hart Fund, Dr. Johnston is also a medical provider with the Musicares network.
Arrowhead Health is a multi-specialty team of family physicians, physical therapists, pain management physicians, chiropractors, and massage therapists working together under one roof making health convenient. They are a NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home (level 3). They also have a Let the Music Heal You program where we have live music in our waiting room.
Janice Johnston, M.D., Medical Director – Arrowhead Health
If you want to find out more about the Hart fund and help them continue their good work. You can DONATE HERE,
To Find out more about the Grammy.org or to Donate to “Musicares” You can DONATE HERE!