Since its founding 114 years ago, the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) have been on a mission to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African American women, with a primary focus on breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and wellness care for caregivers.
On July 8th and 9th, the AKA Mobile Unit will be available to Orlando residents, who can get free 3D mammograms and other health screenings by appointment. COVID vaccination and boosters will also be offered with gift card incentive, plus the chance to win a 55-inch Smart TV.
The two-day event coincides with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 70th Boule, where the nation’s first sorority of college-educated Black women is partnering with Central Florida Black Nurses Association, Good Health WINs, One Blood, Orange Blossom Family Health, Orlando Health Cancer Institute, and Walgreens to provide free COVID-19 vaccines, boosters, and testing. They will also be providing flu shots, free 3-D mammograms, community blood donations, HIV testing, vision screening, and blood pressure tests.
“We are proud to partner with Orange Blossom Family Health and our long-time partner Walgreens to enrich the lives of underinsured women and families offering resources that are desperately needed,” said Alpha Kappa Alpha President and CEO Dr. Glenda Glover. “As we gather for the first time since 2018, due to the pandemic, we are reminded more than ever that health care screenings and vaccines can be lifesaving. Our AKA 3D Mammography Mobile Unit will help bring advanced technology and resources to patients in communities that most need it.”
The event will be held on Friday, July 8th, and Saturday, July 9th, from 8:00am to 5:00pm at Orange Blossom Family Health Center (4426 Old Winter Garden Rd., Orlando). Those who receive the COVID vaccine or booster will receive a free gift card and the opportunity to win a 55-inch Smart TV.
Free mammograms require a scheduled appointment ahead of time (or call (888) 233-6121). CDC safety guidelines will be followed. Social distancing and wearing a mask are required.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. has provided healthcare through education and hands-on services to over 100,000 women over the course of four years since launching the 3D mobile unit in 2018. The mammography motorcoach has traveled more than 190,000 miles and visited 31 cities across the country. AKA chapters also partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for women of color to receive regular mammograms because early detection saves lives.