Save our Sisters | My Brother's Keeper | CRUSAIDS

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Ebenezer Medical Outreach, Inc. (EMO) started as an outreach of an African-American church, Ebenezer United Methodist church in 1986. As Ebenezer has grown so has the population its serves. In the early days EMO served primarily African-Americans. However, today African-Americans only comprise 6% of the total patient population. In an effort to remain true to the original purpose of the clinic we have developed several outreach programs aimed at eliminating health disparities in the African American community. Even though the original purpose of the outreach programs was to serve African-Americans all ethnic groups are welcomed and participate in them. Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and HIV/AIDS are four chronic diseases that African-Americans are disproportionately affected by as well as all Appalachians. The following outreach programs were developed to address these health issues:

The first program was the Chronic Disease Management Program, now called Healthy Lifestyle - Healthy Life (HLHL). The focus of this program is to teach patients and community members how to better manage their diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Save Our Sister (SOS) is a women’s health program that focuses on educating women about the importance of early detection of cancer. This outreach effort targets breast, cervical and ovarian cancer.

CRUSAIDS (Concerned Residents United to Stop AIDS) is a HIV/AIDS education and prevention program. Its aim is to reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS through testing, distribution of risk reduction materials, special events and educational presentations.

My Brothers Keeper (MBK) is a men’s health outreach that provides education to men regarding the importance of early detection of prostate cancer. Other men’s health issues such as colorectal cancer are included.

 

 
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