When it comes to diabetes, we know that sometimes it can impact the whole family. We are proud to be partnering with Novo Nordisk to raise awareness about families and diabetes. Visit www.doyouknowdiabetes.com to take the latest quiz: "Diabetes: A Family Affair". Your participation will help contribute to supporting the AAHC in Portland!
Join us and show your support at the Soul Stroll (Wellness Walk) where the community comes together to CELEBRATE, raise awareness of health disparities among the African American Community, and raise funds to sustain the physical activity program. Bring your entire family out for FREE food, music, dancing, massage, and more.
Cover Oregon is here! More Oregonians can now get health insurance and savings to help pay for it. African American Health Coalition is a certified community partner ready to help you find affordable health insurance (including OHP and Healthy Kids) through Cover Oregon. Call us today at (503) 413-1580 or click this link to schedule an appointment at [...]
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With the arrival of spring right around the corner, the weather is starting to warm, evenings come later and mornings are a little less grey. Our personal fitness and health become less daunting as prospects and more feasible. The duties that come with the change of season give us chances to start to get active again and to get outside with friends and neighbors. Weeding a garden, sewing new seeds or trimming a rose bush are great ways to reintroduce your body to activity and fresh, healthy air after a long winter. There are resources for getting healthy right here in our community that are supported by AAHC as well. The Matt Dishman Community Center is accessible, on NE Knott and within walking distance to four bus lines. The Center hours accommodate busy schedules, open early and late, and offers afternoon and evening classes in fitness and dance. In the lap pool, Dishman invites children and adults of all skill levels to swim during supervised free hours, or to participate in classes held throughout the day. Aqua-fitness is a great low-impact way to develop muscles and bone strength, while staying safe and becoming comfortable in water. There are fun spring and summer camp series available for kids that allow them to explore their creative powers in art, music, cooking and dance with other young people of their age. The Matt Dishman Community Center has very competitive rates, and the best part is, AAHC has a special relationship with the Center and is able to offer very supportive use costs for families that qualify. For access to a facility for 3 months, the cost is only $25 per person. See these links for more information – http://aahc-portland.org/?program=low-cost-exercise-program; http://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/424183. […]
Testing for colorectal cancer can save your life! Colorectal cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in African Americans We are looking for men and women aged 50 and over to join us and learn about: The importance of health screenings Early detection Cancer prevention How to improve the health of our African American Hosted [...]
With Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy still deeply on our minds, we at AAHC are particularly reminded of those qualities of Dr. King that made him such a compelling leader of so many. That he was able to so easily empathize with the experience of others; that he remained unflinchingly dedicated to achieving his objectives and to equality and the creation of a true American sisterhood; that he maintained composure and drive despite seemingly insurmountable challenge in the form of government, law, culture and prejudice; these are among the qualities that enabled him to lead as successfully as he did. While we have made tremendous progress as a result of his work, life and legacy, the prejudices that he fought to remove from our laws, our schools and all of our hearts, regrettably, in too many cases, are still quite present and impeding. They take different forms, but we feel them in our lives too often – in the orientation of our public transportation systems; in the accessibility of healthcare and quality education; in housing and employment; in the daily burden of protecting ourselves from anticipated discrimination, while still trying to thrive and achieve communal comforts in an unequal society. We persevere every day in drawing attention to these injustices, and in working cooperatively to address them, as partners in a broad community that is not defined by ethnicity, color or financial resource. We persist and will persist until real equality has become something that may perhaps casually be taken for granted. There are things that we can do in our own lives; in our own families and neighborhoods to make progress on these fronts, and we can look to Dr. King when we approach these challenges and the changes their address demands. Dr. King had an acute awareness of those things that he was capable of – of his strengths and of his weaknesses. He identified his partners in leadership tactfully, taking these into consideration, and his awareness allowed him to be a more successful leader. When we are aware of what we’re able, and of what perhaps we’re not, we can ask for clear support, and excel as individuals and as partners. When we are confident that our positions are right, as Dr. King was, we create for ourselves a guide that keeps us on course to achieve our goals, in spite of roadblocks that exist. When we educate and inform ourselves, we build awareness of options, and we can determine which is ideal in achieving our objectives. These are all skills that enable us to live more complete and healthy lives, and the AAHC can support us in doing so. The AAHC provides tools, resources and programs to supplement the gaps in healthcare that is accessible to many African-Americans in Portland. […]
We’re excited to welcome this new year, and each of us is doing everything we can to ensure that it will bring with it new opportunities, better health and a stronger community. Two weeks ago, many of us set for ourselves “New Year’s Resolutions” through which we resolved to take deliberate and sustained action to change something in our lives. Whether yours was to start to keep a budget, to spend more time with family or to go for walks three times a week, you’ve made a sincere commitment to making your life better this year than perhaps it was last year, in some way. When it comes to taking deliberate and sustained action like this, the deliberate piece is usually the easy part; we very consciously and whole-heartedly intend to do this thing that we’ve planned. It’s the sustaining that can be the challenge, but we’ve put together some tips here that have helped us stick to our goals, and may help you stick to yours. Make Time – Make a Plan! Keep in mind that when making changes in your life, whether sudden or gradual, you may need to rearrange what’s already there. If you want to keep a budget, what are the tools you’ll need to do that and how frequently will you need to use them? What do you need sacrifice or reschedule in order to get to the Matt Dishman Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings? If you want to visit a cousin across town every month, do you need to take into account new bus routes and schedules? […]