CHICAGO — Doctors are teaming up to test people for coronavirus at South Side churches Wednesday and Thursday.
The “One Church, One Community, One Voice” initiative aims to increase access to free testing in neighborhoods most vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Free baby formula, baby diapers, feminine care products and doctor referrals will also be available for mothers courtesy of Black Girls Break Bread. Flu shots and blood pressure checks will also be available on site from Walgreens. Blue Cross Blue Shield will be handing out free masks and hand sanitizer.
Free testing and resources from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday at:
• Apostolic Church of God, 6320 S. Dorchester Ave. in Woodlawn
• Apostolic Faith Church, 3823 S. Indiana Ave. in Bronzeville
• New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church, 754 E. 77th St. in Grand Crossing
Free testing and resources from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday at:
• Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, 1415 W. 104th St. in Beverly
• Liberty Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church, 2233 W. 79th St. in Auburn Gresham
• House of Hope, 752 E. 114th St. in Pullman
Doctors from seven health centers teamed up with churches from Woodlawn, Bronzeville, Grand Crossing, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, Austin, Beverly and Pullman for the effort. The team also worked to provide free coronavirus testing and other essentials on Tuesday.
Coronavirus has worsened access to maternity care for South Side residents as some local hospitals suspended labor and delivery services to provide care for more coronavirus patients, Black Girls Break Bread leaders said.
“Historically, in Chicago, churches have always been pillars in the Black community, however during the pandemic the role of religious leaders has encompassed partnering with frontline healthcare workers to ensure we are exhausting all measures to help our communities feel safe,” a statement from the partners read. “We recognize that many in our communities may not feel safe going in a healthcare facility for testing or simply don’t have the means, therefore it is our obligation to do what’s necessary to help prevent more COVID-19 cases.”
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