July 30, 2021

Well-Woman Wednesdays returns with free health screenings and education Aug. 4

Come and get your free health screenings, resources, referrals and begin your journey to wellness at the next Well-Woman Wednesday on Aug 4. 

The Office of Women’s Health and Wayne Health will be at Alternatives for Girls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 903 W. Grand Blvd, Detroit, with numerous partners to get you started on your health journey.

A multi-disciplinary team of health care experts will address health across all eras of a woman’s lifespan. Women of all ages and stages are encouraged to attend. Not sure where to start with your health? You will receive a “Women’s Health Passport” to record the screenings that you receive and the activities in which you participate. Women who engage in five or more activities will be entered into a raffle for gift baskets containing an assortment of skin care and hair products.

Attendees will also receive free giveaways such as educational materials and women-specific and health-related products. Your passport also consists of actionable next steps that you could take for your health outside of the Well-Woman Wednesdays.

Various activities and screenings will be offered, such as:
• COVID-19 vaccine and testing
• Blood draws for cholesterol, diabetes, and kidney health
• Blood pressure screening and physician referral
• Pregnancy and prenatal information on cervical length screening, preterm birth, sudden infant death syndrome, and other prenatal care education 
• Mental health and wellness activities and screenings 
• HIV rapid testing, safe sex kits, and Sexually Transmitted Diseases testing referrals 
• Education for adolescents and teenagers on menstrual and vaginal health
• Breast and cervical cancer prevention, as well as lung, colon, and skin cancer education 

“With Well-Woman Wednesdays, the Wayne State University Office of Women’s Health aims to expand health care to vulnerable communities impacted most by health disparities and lack of access to health care, thus improving the health of women overall,” said Sonia Hassan, M.D., associate vice president and founder of the Office of Women’s Health and a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wayne State University. “The development of a women-focused mobile health unit aiming to improve health literacy and provide reliable methods and resources for the establishment and pursuit of care will improve accessibility of health care to women and eventually narrow the gap in health disparities.”

The Wayne Health Mobile Unit program began in April 2020, bringing COVID-19 testing, and later vaccinations, to tens of thousands of people across Michigan.

“This latest project is an extension of our initial testing and vaccination efforts,” said Phillip Levy, M.D., M.P.H., a WSU professor of Emergency Medicine and chief innovation officer for Wayne Health. “It makes perfect sense to expand the array of health care and health care education services that our mobile units can provide for communities, assisting people in the comfort of their own surroundings.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with WSU’s Office of Women’s Health, and hosting the launch of Well-Woman Wednesdays at our site,” said Amy Good, chief executive officer of Alternatives for Girls. “The impact of these highly accessible services — both education and care — will be tremendous, especially for the homeless, high-risk, and otherwise vulnerable young and adult women we serve at Alternatives For Girls. This project sends a powerful message: that the health of all women is valued, and that our community is investing in supporting women’s wellbeing.”  
Partners involved in Well-Woman Wednesdays include Wayne State University, Wayne Health, Alternatives for Girls, Priority Health, Detroit Parent Network, First Candle, Wisewoman Program, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Institute, Center for Health and Community Impact, College of Education, Wayne State University Prevention Team, and the Michigan Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.

For additional information, call 313-577-3526 or email womenshealth@wayne.edu.

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