Dr. Angela Allen knows “it takes a village to keep our community safe.” She, along with her CBBC West co-leader Dr. Christopher Pullins and the Antioch Reopen Task Force, provided 100 free COVID-19 tests in November at Antioch COGIC. Mayo Clinic’s Center for Health & Equity and Community Engagement Research provided the funding and ASU trained several members of the task force on how to conduct saliva testing.
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The Coalition of Blacks Against Breast Cancer(CBBC) participated as a collaborative partner with Arizona Complete Health and Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc. “On the Road Again!” with hosting free mammograms for the uninsured and undeserved communities. Events were held at the Nogales Mexican Consulate, Pilgrim Rest Baptist church in Phoenix and the YWCA Southern Arizona. Other services included free flu shots, diabetes, cholesterol and Body Mass Index (BMI) screenings. Attendees also received masks, hand sanitizers, first aid kits, and hot and cold packs.
Tina Brown, Arizona Complete Health who coordinated these events, shares why she fights:
“I fight to raise awareness, to educate and to promote the importance of self-exams and annual mammograms. I fight in response to 276,480 women diagnosed with breast cancer and I fight to reverse the 42,760 that will die from this disease. I fight as an advocate to utilize my voice, to eliminate barriers and help connect women to resources and access to care and treatment. I also fight to honor those that have lost their battle and support those that are going through. Early detection in key to saving lives.
“It was indeed a pleasure partnering with CBBC. Our goal was 200 mammograms and we ended with 207! 94 diabetes screenings and 75 flu shots. Together, we made a difference in the lives of others and our community.”