Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in Philly to Offer Free Health Screenings on March 11

Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church will offer free health screenings and doctor consultations at its annual “Know Your Numbers” men’s health event, planned for March 11 at its Family Life Center 2800 W. Cheltenham Avenue from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Organizers said “Know Your Numbers” will not only be a safe space for men to get tested and discuss health issues but a time to fellowship.

“We are looking at the total man,” said the Rev. Leroy Miles, Enon’s Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Counseling. “We care about a man’s physical, spiritual and emotional [and] we want to meet the total needs of a man. You can’t look at the spiritual and not address the others. It’s a holistic approach to ministry. We invite everyone to come, across faiths.”

Miles said men can expect the following from the event: gastrointernist presentation, erectile dysfunction conversation with urologist; a cardiologist to talk about issues of the heart and stroke; HIV and hepatitis screenings; blood pressure screening; depression screening; dental screening; kidney disease screenings; a team of chiropractors. A “mobile unit” will also be available for veterans to file claims or ask questions.

He added that a “team of pharmacists are asking men to bring medications [and] will review medicine options, price and conflicts it may cause with other medications.”

Dr. Kristi Johnson, a family health physician and an Enon member, said she and several doctors will form a “team” to answer questions and give advice if a screening shows abnormal results.

“I recruited a team of physicians to work in the triage area, so guys who come in who have any abnormality, from blood pressure to prostate screening or diabetes screening, they are referred to an area where we recommend what they should do next,” she said.

Even with the focus on health, however, Johnson and Miles assured that “Know Your Numbers” will have the feel of a “man cave.” The March Madness college basketball tournaments will be shown throughout the day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served and free haircuts will be available. They are also accepting donations of gently used men’s clothing to set up a “pop up mall” for men in transitional shelters.

Kevin Abney, an Enon member and a prostate cancer survivor who has been to “Know Your Numbers,” in previous years, said he met a doctor at the event that helped him stay cancer free.

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Source: Philadelphia Tribune | Samaria Bailey