Free health screenings and mammograms available through HOPE

Roving Health: Detroit Nonprofit Provides Essential Services through Mobile Units and Food Centers

Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization, is offering 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, the nonprofit aims to increase access to healthcare resources for marginalized populations.

The Wayne State Mobile Units are staffed by registered nurses and medical assistants who offer screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Ascension Michigan provides mammograms to screen for breast cancer. These mobile services are available once a month with no eligibility requirements.

Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus: HOPE, stated that these services are essential for the well-being of the community and aim to address disparities in health care access faced by marginalized populations. A 2018 survey by the University of Michigan’s Detroit Metro Area Communities Study revealed that although most Detroiters reported good health, a significant portion found their health to be fair or poor. Nearly 10% of respondents mentioned financial barriers to accessing health care, and about a third had difficulty obtaining the type of care they needed.

Ascension Michigan’s mammogram services can be accessed by registering at 313-494-4600. The service will be available at various locations throughout Detroit and Inkster on Mondays. For more information, contact Nushrat Rahman at nrahman@freepress.com or 313-348-7558. Follow her on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @NushratR.

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