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Men’s Health Symposium Set for September 15

Theme is Brothers Reaching Brothers:

Taking Responsibility for Your Own Health

African American men are more likely to battle high blood pressure, diabetes, prostate cancer and several other health issues. One remedy is to start taking control of personal health, something advocated by the African American Community Health Advisory Committee (AACHAC), a San Francisco Bay Area organization working to eliminate health disparities through innovative models of health education and services across generations and diverse communities.

AACHAC is hosting its annual Men’s Symposium on Saturday, September 15, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Hendrickson Auditorium of the Mills Health Center, 100 S. San Mateo Drive,San Mateo. The theme is “Brothers Reaching Brothers: Taking Responsibility for Your Own Health.”

“This event is designed to bring awareness to our community and to inspire men to take better care of their health,” says Gloria Brown, executive director of AACHAC.

The keynote speaker is former San Francisco 49er Offensive Lineman Bubba Paris, who is now a motivational speaker.

Health screenings begin at 7 a.m. and will be offered until 9 a.m. For those eligible, the screenings are free. Details on screening requirements, including fasting, are online at the AACHAC website. Free laboratory screenings will be offered on a first come-first served basis. Available screenings include:

  • Prostate (PSA)
  • Cholesterol (full lipid profile)
  • Glucose
  • HIV/AIDs


This year’s program also consists of several information sessions on a variety of topics, such as:

  • Financial Wellness for All Ages
  • Should I Consider Being a Blood and Organ Donor?
  • Oral : What You Need to Know
  • Taking Care of Your Mind, Body and Soul (for men only)
  • What Happened to My Hearing?
  • Diabetes: Prevention and Treatment
  • Latest Prostate Cancer Research and Recommendations


Event sponsors include Mills-Peninsula Health Services, Genentech and MetLife.

For more information or to register, visit the AACHAC website, or call 650-696-4378.