Hundreds turned out for First Ladies Health Initiative

Local pastors’ wives encouraged health screenings in communities of color through Walgreens-sponsored First Ladies Health Initiative

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WALGREENS PHARMACIST AT the House of Hope First Ladies Health Initiative.

Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, Christian Fellowship Flock South and St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church (Harvey, IL) were among more than 50 houses of worship, which recently offered its congregation and community residents no cost medical testing and health screenings during the 8th Annual First Ladies Health Day. Held to celebrate the 2016 National Day of Service & Remembrance, the event featured thousands of volunteers – from healthcare partners including Walgreens, Harmony Health Plan – A WellCare Company, Gilead, Pfizer, the Illinois Department of Public Health, NBC-5 Chicago, American Diabetes Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Haymarket Center, the American Heart Association; as well as the Coalition of the Willing which comprises over 30 healthcare companies, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, pharmaceutical and nursing students; and members of the LINKS and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

The First Ladies Health Initiative is held annually in metropolitan areas across the U.S., including Chicago, Gary, Ind., Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. It is designed to bring awareness to illnesses that disproportionately affect African Americans, Latinos and low-income communities; and increase first ladies’ participation in the Health Day. The program kicks off with a luncheon attended by nearly 200 pastors’ wives who receive information from medical professionals on how to educate their communities about various illnesses. The program culminates with First Ladies Health Day, the largest health day of its kind in the nation. Chicago’s Danielle Ashley Group manages the program on behalf of Walgreens. More information is available at www.firstladieshealth. com.

For more information, visit www.firstladies health.com or call 312-470-0270.

Follow the action on social media using #FirstLadiesHealth.

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