Health on Wheels: Focus: HOPE Brings Free Mobile Health Services to Detroit Community

Free health screenings and mammograms available through HOPE

Focus: HOPE, a Detroit-based nonprofit organization, has partnered with Wayne State Mobile Health Units and Ascension Michigan to provide free mobile health services and mammograms at its food centers throughout the year until fall. The mobile services are available once a month with no eligibility requirements.

The Wayne Health Mobile Units, staffed by registered nurses and medical assistants, offer screenings for diabetes, cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Additionally, Ascension Michigan will provide mammograms to screen for breast cancer. These mobile services 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.

Portia Roberson, CEO of Focus: HOPE, stated that these services are essential for the well-being of the community and aim to increase access to health care resources. 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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