John Gremer

FAME Hosts Grand Opening of FLHI Health House

A new community service will be available to South L.A. residents though the First Ladies Health Initiative Health House. The new facility, located at 2249 South Hobart Boulevard in Los Angeles, will offer free health screenings, health clinics, healthy cooking classes and more on a monthly basis. The Health House will also be available for health-related speaking engagements and rentals. Scores of people attended the grand opening, tour and reception of the Health House on February 22. The audience included an interdenominational coalition of 35 pastors’ wives, representing houses of worship across Los Angeles and Orange County, along with several

First Ladies Health Day Marks Another Successful Event

Thirty churches in the Los Angeles area participated in the 6th Annual Walgreens-sponsored First Ladies Health Day on March 26. During the event, free health tests and medical screenings were provided for the entire family to address preventative illnesses, which disproportionately affect African Americans and Hispanics. Medical healthcare partners from Walgreens and more than 50 health organizations provided medical advice and counseling, as well as screenings for hypertension, HIV/AIDS, glucose, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity and certain forms of cancer. In addition, participating churches received Certificates of Special Recognition from Congresswomen Maxine Waters and Karen Bass. The First Ladies Health Initiative (FLHI)

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

Walgreens First Ladies Health Initiative kicks off in Los Angeles

Walgreens First Ladies Health Initiative will kick off the 2016 season with its First Ladies Health Day in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 10. Thirty-five first ladies, ranging in age from 30 to 82, will host the event. The women represent a combined church membership of more than 10,000 people who can access several free health screenings and obtain wellness information. “In our communities, the church serves a multitude of purposes, including ‘hospital’ for the spiritually downtrodden; so, it is a natural fit to open the doors of the church to offer these health services, empowering attendees of all ages

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