Milwaukee, WI, July 26, 2012 — Columbia St. Mary’s Health System and Ebenezer Church of God in Christ (COGIC) are pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Ebenezer Community Resource Center located at 3132 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee. The new Resource Center, co-sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s and Ebenezer COGIC, represents the latest step in their 15-year relationship to improve the health of church members and the greater community. A Grand Opening celebration will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012, from 9:00 am and 1:00 pm at the church.
The Ebenezer Community Resource Center will be a valuable asset for the community, offering a wide array of health and educational services. Every Wednesday, it will be home to Columbia St. Mary’s Community Chronic Disease Management Clinic (CCDM), which screens and manages hypertension, diabetes, obesity and smoking. The Clinic addresses barriers to health services for low-income adults who are at risk of developing chronic diseases. By establishing clinics in nontraditional locations such as food pantries and offering screening, referral and management services, low-cost drugs, at-cost diabetic supplies and preventative education, the CCDM clinic helps prevent chronic disease complications among Milwaukee’s most vulnerable populations.
On the first Saturday of each month, Columbia St. Mary’s Digital Mammography Coach will be onsite at the Ebenezer Community Resource Center. The 38-foot Mammography Coach enables Columbia St. Mary’s to bring cutting-edge digital mammography directly to communities in need. Expanding access to this important screening is essential in the fight against breast cancer.
Within the next month, the Ebenezer Community Resource Center will be a Hunger Task Force affiliated food pantry and it will offer diabetic counseling and cooking classes for clients of the Food Pantry. It will also offer health education and wellness classes and hypertension and diabetes screening on a regular basis.
And, on Tuesday evenings, the Ebenezer Community Resource Center will host Blanket of Love, a prenatal and parenting education program for young women, their spouse, friend or family. Blanket of Love creates a community of support through the combination of a welcoming meal eaten together, an educational program presentation and time for sharing with staff and other members of the group. Pregnant women receive childbirth education to help them understand prenatal care, labor and delivery processes and strategies for improved health of the mother and baby.
The community is invited attend the Grand Opening to sample healthy food, take advantage of health screenings and preventive health education. Women may register for a mammography screening in the Mammography Coach by calling Claudia Guevara, Columbia St. Mary’s Breast Health Advocate, at (414) 333-2206. Other questions about the Grand Opening can be directed to Heather Puente, Clinic Coordinator, at (414) 588-9178.