Health & Family

Charlotte area health calendar

Single payer health insurance

A documentary about health care reform, “Fix It: Healthcare at the Tipping Point,” will be shown at 6 p.m. Thursday at Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Blvd. The free showing is sponsored by Health Care Justice-North Carolina, a group that advocates for a single-payer health insurance system.

Dr. Jessica Schorr Saxe, a retired family physician and chair of Health Care Justice-North Carolina, will moderate a panel of health experts who will discuss the film. They include Sandy Welton, founder and retired CEO of Morehead Associates; Michael Edwards, owner of Metro Metal and Design; Dr. Andrea DeSantis, former manager for Marriott Corporation; and Rochelle Rivas, president of Darton Group Consulting.

Women and communications

“Authentic Women Connect, Communicate and Lead Well! Power Gathering” will be held from between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 21 at Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Dr.

Speakers will include women executives: Donna Dunlap, CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte; Astrid Chirinos, CEO of the Latin American Economic Development Council; Laura Marshall, CEO and founder of The Green Goddess Group; Dee Dixon, CEO of Pride Communications and publisher of Pride Magazine; Aretha Blake, president of the Mecklenburg Bar Foundation and candidate for Mecklenburg District Court judge. Abigail Moats, a Charlotte communications expert, is the host and moderator.

Register at or

Hearing test

Free hearing tests are offered during May by the nonprofit National Hearing Test, a national nonprofit based in Indiana. It’s being offered in partnership with Duracell to celebrate Better Hearing and Speech Month.

The private hearing screening takes place over the telephone. (The cost is typically $5.) To take the test, call the toll-free number, 844-938-7223 or visit

Callers will be asked to listen to a series of spoken three-digit numbers that are presented with background noise. When the caller enters the numbers correctly, the next numbers are presented at a lower, more difficult level. If an error is made, the next numbers are easier to hear.

Mental health

The second annual “Sanity Not Vanity” workout will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. May 21 at Athletic Development Systems, 3400 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia. The cost is $10. Proceeds benefit the Charlotte chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Guest trainer will be Tremayne Stephens, a former standout running back for N.C. State University who also played for the Chargers and the Colts in the NFL.

Register by calling Fonda Bryant, 704-807-3267, or Tremayne Stephens, 919-412-6798.

Financial assistance

UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is accepting applications from North Carolina families in need of financial assistance to pay for children’s health care that is not covered, or not fully covered, by private insurance.

Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 annually per child, with a lifetime maximum of $10,000 per child. The money can be used for medical services and equipment, such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling, medicine, wheelchairs, eyeglasses and hearing aids.

To be eligible, children must be 16 or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines and have health insurance, not necessarily through UnitedHealthcare. Apply at

Karen Garloch