Focus: HOPE is a Detroit-based nonprofit that offers free mobile health services and mammograms at its food centers year-round through the fall. To increase access to health resources, Focus: HOPE has partnered with Wayne State and Ascension Michigan Mobile Health Units. The 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 for breast cancer screening.

Focus: HOPE Executive Director Portia Roberson stated in a news release that these services are vital to community well-being and aim to address the disparities in access to healthcare faced by marginalized communities. A 2018 survey by the University of Michigan Study of Metro Detroit Communities found that while most Detroit residents reported good health, one in five rated their health as fair or poor. Nearly 10% said they could not afford co-pays or prescriptions, and less than a third reported difficulty accessing the type of healthcare they wanted.

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

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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