For more than two decades, one of the most urgent health needs in the community was, and still is, the devastating spread of HIV/AIDS among minorities. With the help of African American public relations agency, Danielle Ashley Group, Walgreens initiated an HIV/AIDS Task Force which culminated in the formation of the Walgreens First Ladies Health Day. The First Ladies Health Initiative's pilot program began in June, 2008 in Chicago, with 13 First Ladies collectively representing churches across the city. The result of that luncheon meeting was the launch of an historic, city-wide health day to provide information and screenings for diabetes, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, mental illness, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, to thousands of Chicagoland residents. Today, there are more than 150 First Ladies across all denominations between the ages of 31-83. Many represent “mega-churches” with memberships of 10,000 or more. Since 2008, the First Ladies Health Initiative is now in Chicago, Gary, Los Angeles and Orange County. Our goal is to continue to expand the program to reach other major urban centers.
Read about Tracey Alston, Executive Director.