HOPE provides free health screenings and mammograms

The Detroit-based nonprofit Focus: HOPE is providing free mobile health services and mammograms at its food centers throughout the year until fall. Focus: HOPE has partnered with Wayne State Mobile Health Units and Ascension Michigan to increase access to healthcare resources. Wayne Health Mobile Units, staffed by registered nurses and medical assistants, offer screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Ascension Michigan will provide mammograms to screen for breast cancer. The mobile services will be available once a month with no eligibility requirements.

CEO of Focus: HOPE, Portia Roberson, stated in a news release that these services are essential for the well-being of the community and aim to address the disparities in healthcare access faced by marginalized communities. A 2018 survey by the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study found that although most Detroiters reported good health, one in five rated their health as fair or poor. Nearly 10% mentioned they could not afford copayments or prescriptions, and less than a third reported difficulty accessing the type of healthcare they desired.

The Wayne State Mobile Unit will be present at Focus: HOPE’s Westside Food Center on the first Thursday of every month from April 4 to October 3, except for July. Interested individuals in receiving a mammogram with Ascension Michigan must register by calling 313-494-4600. Mobile mammogram services will be available on Mondays at various locations including Westside Food Center, Eastside Food Center, and Inkster Food Center.

For more information or to contact Nushrat Rahman, email nrahman@freepress.com or call 313-348-7558. Follow her on Twitter @NushratR.

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