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Pastors’ Wives Join Forces To Tackle Health Disparities
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 5, 2018

(Courtesy photo)

Thirty L.A.-area churches will host the 7th Annual Walgreens-sponsored First Ladies Health Day on Sunday, April 8.

During the event, each church converts into a “mini clinic” to offer free health screenings to individuals and families to address preventative illnesses, which disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics.

Also, healthcare partners will provide medical advice and counseling, as well as screenings for hypertension, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis C, glucose, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and certain forms of cancer.

Participating health partners and volunteers for First Ladies Health Day include Walgreens pharmacists, AltaMed, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association, CareMore, Cedars-Sinai, City of Hope, Pfizer, Gilead and Susan G. Komen®.

The First Ladies Health Initiative is a consortium of more than 160 pastors’ wives from churches across the nation, along with various public and private health-related organizations. This national organization involves more than 900 healthcare providers and volunteers working together to address and combat HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other serious illnesses pummeling underserved and minority communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in 32 African-American women and one in 16 African-American men will be diagnosed with HIV; with incidents of hepatitis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity and other systemic illnesses epidemic in African-American and Hispanic communities.

For a full list of participating churches and their First Ladies, visit FirstLadiesHealth.com or call (312) 470-0270.

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