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JenCare Senior Medical Center Hosts “My Father’s Keeper” Community Event to Improve Men’s Health

JenCare Senior Medical Center, a senior-focused primary care practice providing best-in-class care for thousands of underserved seniors in greater Atlanta, is partnering with the Georgia Department of Health and the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, to bring greater awareness to men’s health. Hundreds are expected to attend the free “My Father’s Keeper” Community Health Event and Resources Fair, on Friday, July 8, at JenCare in Forest Park (1057 Main Street, Forest Park, Georgia 30297; 404-301-4555). The purpose of this gathering between 12:00 and 6:00 PM (ET) will be to heighten the awareness of preventable health issues and encourage the early detection and treatment of all diseases, especially among men.

“About 73 percent of Clayton County residents are African American, and 79 percent of JenCare patients in Georgia are African American,” says long-time Atlanta resident Geoffrey Ngeny, M.D., JenCare Regional Medical Director. “So, my JenCare physician colleagues and I really appreciate how Black men, generally, are more likely than other segments of the population to have undiagnosed or poorly managed chronic conditions.”

Also, Dr. Ngeny adds, “I am happy to report that by staying focused on earning trust, JenCare doctors keep overcoming this tendency among African American men. We deliver highly-personalized, VIP primary care that effectively detects so we can better manage high-risk diseases. This life-changing health fair is an example of JenCare’s commitment to transform care one patient at a time.”

The entertaining and educational “My Father’s Keeper Program,” will start at noon and kick off with a senior dance troupe from the Lake Spivey Community Center who will be stepping, “In the name of Health.” The event features music, entertainment, food, local vendors, community groups, and representation from Humana and United Way. Biometric screenings and blood pressure screenings will be offered, since these numbers are key indicators of an individual's overall health. Speakers who will welcome community attendees include Clayton County Commissioner Demote Davis, along with Valencia Williamson, President & CEO of Clayton County Chamber of Commerce, The Forest Park Ministers Association, and leaders from local wellness groups. The topic of discussion will be, “Men’s Health Empowerment- It’s Time to Take the Wheel.”

JenCare partner and event organizer, Christopher Daniel of the Georgia Department of Health says, “Socioeconomics often serve as a barrier in our African American communities when it comes to getting access to quality care. ‘Our Father's Keeper,’ means we acknowledge that we are responsible for the welfare of our brothers, fathers and men, in general, who are in our family and community.”

JenCare’s five centers in Atlanta (East PointForest ParkMorrowSouth DeKalb; and West End) bring value–based VIP care to seniors in underserved areas and this event will connect Forest Park residents to key resources like free health screenings, mortgage, rental and utility assistance programs.

The event also marks the 50th anniversary of the Tuskegee Experiment, which is linked to the historical mistrust that exists between African American men and many healthcare providers that fosters well-documented reluctance in seeking medical treatment. This event is the finale of a Men’s Health Awareness series that occurred throughout June, which is National Men’s Health Month.

About JenCare / ChenMed

JenCare is part of ChenMed, which operates nearly 100 centers in 12 states. The company employs outstanding primary care physicians and specialist doctors who are empowered to do whatever it takes to deliver VIP service; to detect and effectively manage high-risk diseases; and to reduce hospital sick days for Medicare-eligible seniors, many of whom are living with multiple and major chronic conditions.

ChenMed, headquartered in Miami, is a privately owned medical, management and technology company that delivers the high-touch and personalized primary care Medicare-eligible seniors need to enjoy better health. The company currently operates nearly 100 senior medical centers in 12 states. Named a Fortune 2020 “Change the World” company, ChenMed nurtures a corporate culture where shared values of love, accountability and passion are celebrated; and where community service is a hallmark.

Bringing concierge-style medicine and better health outcomes to the neediest populations, ChenMed was named a “Most Loved Workplace” by Newsweek Magazine, and a certified Best Place to Work® by the Best Place to Work Institute. ChenMed brands include Chen Senior Medical CenterDedicated Senior Medical Center and JenCare Senior Medical Center

Contacts (at-venue):
Yvonne Parron, ChenMed/JenCare | 404-987-8680
Dhaval Shah, JenCare – Forest Park | 937-216-4775