Beloved, I wish above all things that thou may prosper and be in good health even as thy soul prospers. 3 John 1:12
The Bayview district carries a disproportionate burden of chronic disease compared to other neighborhoods in the city of San Francisco. Some of the prevalent diseases found in the 94124 zip code are asthma, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and cancer. Unfortunately there is inadequate access to medical care with only two adult primary care clinics and two primary care youth clinics located within the zip code. In response to this lack of access, our Health Ministry has partnered with St. Mary’s Medical Center to put on health fairs to heighten awareness about the importance of screening and disease prevention. These health fairs have been some of the best attended in the city with a record set at one where over 500 people attended, blood pressure was checked, and screenings for diabetes, high cholesterol, and prostate cancer were performed. Forums led by physicians at these health fairs have provided an approachable and friendly atmosphere for community participation in questions and answers about disease, anti-bullying and violence prevention.
The Shipwreck Health Ministry partners with the Arthur H. Coleman Medical Center in the Bayview to provide a myriad of health programs for parishioners such as diabetes education, nutrition and cooking classes, free flu shots administered by Walgreens, Caring For Your Family’s Health, and Arthritis 101 and Cancer 101 workshops. Certified professionals conduct all health education classes. In addition there have been exercise classes, walking groups, and Zumba classes to increase physical activity and encourage healthy lifestyle changes.