CHICAGO (WLS) --African-American women church leaders in the Chicago area are joining forces to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS and other illnesses in their communities. The First Ladies Health Initiative is comprised of pastors' wives from 50 churches in Chicago and Northwest Indiana. On September 11, 2016, following church services, the First Ladies are partnering with Walgreens to offer free health tests.
Some 30,000 tests are expected to be administered for high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and other illnesses that disproportionately affect African-Americans. The First Ladies Health Initiative, launched in Chicago in 2008, has enabled more than 75,000 individuals to get screened for illnesses. Latoyia Ledbetter, First Lady at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, and John Gremer, Director of Community Relations at Walgreens, sat down with ABC 7 to discuss the upcoming First Lady Health Day.
Name of event: First Ladies Health Day
Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016
Hours: Immediately following worship service
Address: At 50 houses of worship across Chicago
Admission/ Ticket Prices: Free
Is this open to the public? Yes (All ages)