Mercy Health Providing Mammography and Behavioral Health Screenings at Area Churches as Part of the First Ladies Health Day on Sunday, October 11

(CINCINNATI; September 24, 2015) – Mercy Health (formerly Catholic Health Partners) – a Catholic healthcare ministry serving Ohio and Kentucky, will have as many as 50 volunteers at 18 area churches providing health screenings at Cincinnati’s first ever First Ladies Health Day.

In some churches, the pastor’s wife holds the title “First Lady.” In Chicago in 2008, over 150 First Ladies representing more than 150,000 church goers launched the First Ladies Health Initiative, a city-wide health day to provide information and screenings for diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, mental illness, Alzheimer’s and other diseases to thousands of Chicagoland residents. The organization has subsequently addressed other health challenges such as infant mortality and launched health days in other locations, including Los Angeles and Orange County, California.

The upcoming Cincinnati health day marks the first First Ladies health event in Cincinnati. Dena Cranley, wife of Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley and the “First Lady of Cincinnati” and Barbara Lynch, First Lady of New Jerusalem Baptist Church, are co-chairs of the event.

Mercy Health will provide mammography screenings at Church of the Living God and New Vision United Methodist Church and behavioral health screenings at all 18 participating churches during the event. Mercy Health has partnered with the Urban Greater Cincinnati chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, to provide behavioral health screening volunteers for the event. Attendees can also take part in screenings for asthma, lung disease, diabetes, blood pressure, HIV, vision and more. Flu shots will be available. A parent or guardian must accompany children.

Participating churches, screening times and the names of the churches’ First Ladies follow below:
Allen Temple AME
7080 Reading Road, Cincinnati 45237
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
First Lady Fran Allen

Bethel Baptist Church
2712 Alms Place, Cincinnati 45206
noon-3 p.m.
First Lady Norma Davis
(partnering with Christ Temple Full Gospel Baptist, First Lady Regina Mingo)

Christ Emmanuel Christian Fellowship
2324 May St., Cincinnati 45206
Noon-3 p.m.
First Lady Carol Dantley
(Partnering with The Body of Christ Christian Church, First Lady Anita Harris)

Church of the Living God
434 Forest Ave., Cincinnati 45229
1-5 p.m.
First Lady Sheree Tait
(partnering with Greater St. John AME Zion Church, First Lady Monica Posey and Rockdale Baptist Church, First Lady Monica O'Neal) 

Consolation Baptist Church
1449 Marlowe Ave., Cincinnati 45224
12:30-4 p.m.
First Lady Claudia Ellington
(partnering with Allen Chapel AME, First Lady Maria Rucker)

Corinthian Baptist
772 Whittier St., Cincinnati 45227
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.
First Lady Connie Smith

First Baptist of Kennedy Heights
6201 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 45213
1-4 p.m.
First Lady Elaine Harper
(partnering with Cincinnati Bible Way Church, First Lady Grace Blue and Second Baptist Church of Rossmoyne, First Lady Shirley Anderson)

Greater Bethlehem Temple Apostolic
4781 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati 45223
12:30-5 p.m.
First Lady Robin Chapman

Holy Family Church
3006 West 8th St., Cincinnati 45205
noon-3 p.m.
Ambassador Katarina Schneider

Lee Chapel AME Church
2009 Pogue Ave., Cincinnati 45208
12:30-3 p.m.
First Lady Yolanda Cooper
(partnering with St. Andrews Episcopal Church, First Lady Bunmi Agbaje)

Mother of Christ Catholic Church
5301 Winneste Ave., Cincinnati 45232
1:30-4 p.m.
Ambassador Vanessa Rozier

New Jerusalem Baptist Church
26 W. North Bend Road, Cincinnati 45216
10 a.m.-4 p.m.
First Lady Barbara Lynch

New Prospect Baptist Church
1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati 45237
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
First Lady Regina Lynch
(partnering with Grace Christian Church, First Lady Marcia Boyd)

New Unity Baptist Church
2124 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 45219
1-5 p.m.
First Lady Carandal Toney

New Vision United Methodist Church
4400 Reading Road #2, Cincinnati 45229
12:30-3 p.m.
First Lady Carol Nance
(partnering with Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church, Ambassador Joyce Coleman)

Revelation Missionary Baptist
1556 John St., Cincinnati 45214
1-4 p.m.
First Lady Tracie Woods

Southern Baptist Church
3556 Reading Road, Cincinnati 45229
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
First Lady Daphene Baines

Willing Spirit Baptist
2012 Westwood Northern Blvd., Cincinnati 45225
noon-2 p.m.
First Lady Paula Taul

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