Community Health Screenings Frequently Asked Questions

This page is designed to help answer questions about Sharp's free community health screenings.

Why is Sharp HealthCare hosting the community health screenings?
Sharp's mission is to improve the health of those we serve with a commitment to excellence in all that we do. The community health screenings is one of the many ways Sharp is striving each day to make San Diego a healthier place in which to live. Learn more about Sharp's efforts to meet the health needs of the San Diego community.

What is included in the screenings?
The community health screenings will take five key measurements:

  • Total cholesterol / HDL ratio
  • Blood sugar
  • Body mass index (BMI)
  • Blood pressure
  • Tobacco use

This personalized information can help individuals determine their risk of developing chronic health conditions.

Why were these indicators selected?
After extensive research, a team of clinical leaders from Sharp HealthCare reviewed and selected these five key metrics due to the significant roles they play in common chronic conditions. 

I don't have a Sharp-affiliated doctor. Can I still participate?
Yes - all adults over the age of 18 are invited to participate in the screenings, whether or not they have a Sharp-affiliated doctor.

I don't have health insurance. Can I still participate?
Yes - all adults over the age of 18 are invited to participate in the screenings, whether or not they have health insurance.

Where will the community health screenings take place?
Sharp conducts the free health screenings around the county. View the locations.

How much do the screenings cost?
Sharp is providing these screenings at no charge to the community.

Who will conduct the screenings?
Licensed vocational nurses from Sharp HealthCare will conduct the screenings.

How long do the screenings take?
The screening process takes only 15 minutes.

Is there a registration process?
Registration is not necessary. The screenings are available on a first-come, first-served basis at locations throughout San Diego.

Will individuals need to fast before the screening?
No. Fasting is not necessary to participate in the screening process.

What should individuals wear?
We recommend wearing light clothes and non-bulky sweaters so your blood pressure and weight will be accurate. You will need to remove your shoes for accurate height and weight measurements.

Who can be screened?
Adults over the age of 18 may participate.

Can I bring my children?
You are welcome to bring your children to the screenings; however, please note that child care will not be provided, and only adults over the age of 18 are eligible for a screening.

When will I receive my results?
Your results will be available immediately.

How can I be sure the screening results are accurate?
All screenings are performed by trained health care professionals. Screening equipment is carefully calibrated and employees are properly trained to ensure the screening results are accurate.

Where will my results go?
Your results will be written down on a paper and handed directly to you. No copy of your personal health information will be taken.

What happens if one of my indicators is at an elevated level?
Your health and well being is our number-one priority. Should an emergency situation occur, an appropriate call will be made for you to receive proper care. For non-emergency situations, we encourage you to talk with your primary care physician.

What resources are available to me to help with my results?
The screenings are designed to be a helpful tool to help you understand your own personal health and wellness. We encourage you to share the results with your primary care physician to determine an appropriate plan, customized for you. If you currently do not have a primary care doctor, we can help you find a Sharp-affiliated physician who is right for you. Visit or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277) to speak to one of our physician referral nurses.

Will a physician be on-site?
Physicians will not be on-site at the screenings.

Are there incentives for the screenings?
Understanding where you can make improvements to get to healthier ranges can reduce many risk factors associated with being out of range. Therefore, the incentive is the knowledge of your personal health indicators and strategies for improving any out-of-range indicators.

What if I don't want to be screened on all indicators?
Participation is completely voluntary, though we encourage you to participate in the full screening to receive a comprehensive view of your current health.

Will I be added to a mailing list?
Sharp respects your privacy, and you will not be added to a mailing list.