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HOPE provides free health screenings and mammograms

Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to providing free mobile health services and mammograms at its food centers throughout the year until fall. In partnership with Wayne State Mobile Health Units and Ascension Michigan, Focus: HOPE aims to increase access to healthcare resources for marginalized communities.

The Wayne State Mobile Unit offers screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure, while Ascension Michigan provides mammograms to screen for breast cancer. These services are available once a month with no eligibility requirements. CEO Portia Roberson stated in a news release that these services are essential for the well-being of the community and aim to address disparities in healthcare access faced by underserved populations. A 2018 survey by the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study found that one in five Detroiters rated their health as fair or poor, with nearly 10% unable to afford copayments or prescriptions and less than a third reporting difficulty accessing the type of healthcare they desired.

Interested individuals in receiving a mammogram with Ascension Michigan must register by calling 313-494-4600. The 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 or call 313-348-7558. Follow her on Twitter @NushratR.

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