First Ladies Health Initiative

First Ladies Health Initiative Sponsors Back to School Party

  Hundreds of people took advantage of services and resources offered at the Back to School Party sponsored by the First Ladies Health Initiative on July 28. The free event, held at the First Ladies Health House in South L.A., featured free vaccinations for children and free health screenings for adults. Also, 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to students. Several health partners and volunteers donated their time and expertise to provide screenings for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and various cancers. The medical and health representatives were from Walgreens, City of Hope, Inglewood L.A. EECP Center,

Call 2 Worship – July 26

First Ladies Health Initiative sponsors a Back to School Party on July 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the First Ladies Health House, 2249 South Hobart Blvd., in Los Angeles. Free vaccinations will be available for children and free health screenings for adults for diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, hepatitis, HIV/AIDS and various cancers. Also, 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies will be distributed to students. For details, call (424) 234-8483 or (773) 405-1250. AME Southern California Conference Women In Ministry presents an Appreciation Luncheon and Comedy Show on July 28, at 12 p.m., at First AME Church, 2270

FLHI Holds Luncheon to Promote Good Health

From left, Aundre  Russell, KJLH Radio; Lisa  Collins, L.A. Focus; Chrystee Pharis, actress; DJ DimePiece, radio personality; Kameron Green, KJLH; and Cora Jackson-Fossett, L.A. Sentinel were on the media panel. (photo by Steven Williams)Once again, the Los Angeles/Orange County First Ladies Health Luncheon elevated awareness about health issues affecting communities of color. Pastors’ wives from across Southern California attended the event on Oct. 28 at the Ritz Carlton Marina Del Rey. U.S. Rep. Karen Bass delivered the keynote address and Dr. Ian Smith encouraged the audience to actively participate in improving the health of their friends and neighbors. Also, the program featured a health

Brookins-Kirkland AME Hosts First Ladies Health Event

Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church will be among the L.A.-area ministries hosting the First Ladies Health Day on Sunday, March 26, in their edifice at 3719 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles. The event, part of the First Ladies Health Initiative sponsored by Walgreen’s, promotes wellness in underserved communities by providing free health screenings and medical tests to detect preventable chronic illnesses — such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity, hepatitis as well as various forms of cancer. Brookins-Kirkland will be one of the local sites partnering with health professionals and volunteers including Walgreens pharmacists, AltaMed, the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Diabetes Association,

First Ladies Unite to Decrease Preventable Illnesses

The First Ladies Health Initiative (FLHI) is proving to be a strong voice for wellness in Southern California. The faith-based outreach program, created by Executive Director Tracey Alston and sponsored by Walgreens, provided health screenings to more than 37,000 people last year. The success of the effort can be traced to the leadership and involvement of the first ladies of several churches in Los Angeles, Inglewood, Pasadena and Orange County. For the past six years, the women have spearheaded the First Ladies Health Day at the churches, bringing in health professionals to perform a wide range of free screenings for

Pastors’ Wives Encourage Health, Wellness in Communities of Color

Recently, 35 first ladies (or pastors’ wives) opened the doors of their respective churches to provide free health screenings and medical tests to detect preventable, systemic illnesses — such as hepatitis, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and certain forms of cancer — which have a higher prevalence in African-American and Latino communities. Through the First Ladies Health Initiative, sponsored by Walgreens, thousands of men, women and children participated in First Ladies Health Day at houses of worship representing all denominations. The 2016 season kicked off in Los Angeles on April 9, with a press conference; and on April 10, First Ladies Health

Waters & Devine headline 5th Annual First Ladies Health Symposium

Congresswoman and actress address health disparities among minorities    The First Ladies Health Initiative held its 5th Annual Los Angeles and Orange County First Ladies Health Luncheon symposium at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on November 21. The forum was designed to bring social and health awareness to minority residents of Southern California and abroad. The fine dining, upscale event was sponsored by Walgreens and featured several distinguished guests and keynote speakers. Both U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters and actress Loretta Devine delivered keynote addresses, while a panel of minority health experts, advocates and survivors alike, took the stage to discuss topics