History

The African-American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC), in partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, is dedicated to eliminating health disparities across generations and diverse communities through education and services.

Since our founding in 1995, AACHAC has worked with corporations, mid- and small sized companies, community-based organizations, nonprofit health organizations, governmental agencies, health educators, institutions of higher learning, and the faith community to create a village united around a common goal: increasing awareness of and reducing the debilitating effects of health concerns that disproportionately affect communities of color.

The AACHAC story is one of growth, outreach and success. Started as a grassroots volunteer effort, we have a long record of accomplishments. Today, we are recognized as a go-to resource for individuals, families, medical practitioners and others in the Bay Area and a model for improving health throughout the United States.

Highlights of Accomplishments and Programs:

  • Annually, more than 40 members of the committee and countless volunteers contribute more than 20,000 hours of volunteer time to AACHAC’s activities and programs.
  • More than 15,000 individuals are influenced every year from AACHAC’s outreach and educational programs resulting in thousands of lives saved each year.
  • Sponsor annual Off to a Good Start physical activity program.
  • Supported by more than 40,000 community partners and a network of nearly 20 area churches.
  • Developed a growing network of church liaisons that brings health information to their congregations and encourages participation in screenings and events.
  • Created church tool kits containing a growing library of Afro-centric health information.
  • Provide annual breast cancer education, prostate cancer screenings and education, and several other Health Screenings.
  • Sponsor Soul Stroll for Health each May, a community walk and health fair promoting good nutrition and physical activity.
  • Provide free mammogram screenings at Mills-Peninsula Breast Center one Saturday each month for uninsured women.
  • Offer exercise classes, free flu vaccination clinics and free vision screenings.
  • Provide cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings and educational programs.
  • Provide First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Earthquake Preparedness training.
  • Serve as consultants to help others in the Bay Area and around the country develop community outreach efforts and conduct Soul Stroll events.