Our longtime partnership with the College of San Mateo’s nursing program has enabled us to continue our annual church screenings, which include administering flu shots and checking blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose at nearly 20 churches. In the last two years, three new congregations began screening programs at their church. In 2013 AACHAC screened 201 persons with 54 referrals to their physician or health clinic at participating congregations.
At selected Signature events, glaucoma and kidney screenings were added. In 2012, of the 64 people screened for glaucoma by Prevent Blindness Northern California, 24 were referred for further care. Twenty two received vouchers, free exams, and/or glasses.
Of greatest significance was a five percent increase in the number of women screened for breast cancer at Mills-Peninsula Women’s Health Center following the Women’s Health Conference, and a two percent increase in the number of men screened for prostate cancer at the annual Men’s Health Symposium. AACHAC screened more than 1,500 individuals in all screenings offered from 2010 through 2012.
The church community has been invaluable to the scope and reach of our health screenings. Without the partnerships we have developed with local churches, we would not be able to effectively reach the people who need our help. We are grateful for the enduring support and assistance of the following Bay Area partner churches:
- Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
- Community Church of East Palo Alto
- Faith Missionary Baptist Church
- Jerusalem Baptist Church
- Macedonia Church of God in Christ
- New Sweet Home Church of God in Christ
- Open Door Church of God in Christ
- Pilgrim Baptist Church
- Pilgrim Community Church, San Francisco
- Providence Baptist Church
- St. James AME Zion Church
- St. John Baptist Church
- Second Baptist Church, Redwood City
- Trinity Baptist Church, Daly City
- Trinity Baptist Church, San Mateo
- Union Star M.B. Church
- Westside Church of Christ