African-American Community Health Advisory Committee
The African-American Community Health Advisory Committee, made up primarily of residents of San Mateo County, is a community partnership with Mills-Peninsula Health Services dedicated to addressing issues impacting our community's health.
Since 1995 the African-American Community Health Advisory Committee has been working with businesses, corporations, community-based organizations, health educators and the faith community to create an awareness of the major health concerns affecting African-Americans and to actively seek and promote a more healthful lifestyle.
Mills Health Center
100 S. San Mateo Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401
Accomplishments & Services
- Annually, members of the committee log more than 20,000 hours of volunteer time to commitments associated with AACHAC's activities and programs
- More than 15,000 individuals benefit annually from AACHAC's outreach work and educational programs
- Through a grant from the University of California, San Francisco - San Francisco State University Reduce Cancer Awareness Program, eight AACHAC members and community leaders were trained by the American Cancer Society to become prostate cancer lay leaders
- Sponsors annual "Off to a Good Start" physical activity program
- Made a breast cancer survivors quilt in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Sunday Program
- Developed a growing network of church liaisons that brings health information to their congregations and encourage participation in screenings and events.
- Forged relationships with a growing number of social services agencies who are now actively represented on the committee.
- Developed church tool kits containing a growing library of Afro-centric health information.
- Developed a successful website that has drawn inquires from around the world at aachac.org.
- Provides yearly breast cancer education and prostate cancer screenings and education.
- Sponsors Soul Stroll for Health each May, a community walk and health fair promoting good nutrition and physical activity.
- Sponsors Dining with Diabetes, a nutrition education and cooking school for people with diabetes and their families. Grant funding from the Peninsula Community foundation
- Provides free mammogram screenings at Mills-Peninsula Breast Center one Sunday each month for uninsured women. Grant funded by Susan G. Komen Foundation.
- Developed and distributed information about health issues of eating fish caught in the San Francisco Bay to African-American, Asian, Pacific Islander and Hispanic communities. Grant funded by Environmental Health Investigation Branch of the California Department of Health Services.
- Offers exercise classes, free flu vaccination clinics and free vision screenings.
- Provides cholesterol and blood pressure screenings and educational programs in cooperation with the American Heart Association at church sites.
- Participates in community and social service agency health fairs.
- Maintains a survivors portrait gallery of African-American cancer survivors.
- Acts as consultants to help others develop community outreach efforts.
- Provides First Aid, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and earthquake preparedness training.