College Will Host Wellness Program

The Pacoima Community Youth Culture Center and the Mission College Black Student Union will co-sponsor an informational health program Wednesday as part of Black History Month on the Sylmar campus.

“Cultural Health Awareness: Building a Bridge to Wellness” will feature free health screenings as well as dietary and physical-fitness tips and information on subjects ranging from family planning to preventing sexually transmitted diseases, said Connie Taylor-Broadous, executive director of the Pacoima culture center.

“Our goal is to inform and educate the African American community, as well as the minority community in general, on health issues that have a major impact in their lives,” said Taylor-Broadous.

“We feel it is important to recognize the fact that, unfortunately, many in our community do not have the appropriate information on health issues until it is too late,” she said.


Medical staff from the Northeast Valley Health Corp., UCLA Medical Center and other organizations will hand out information and conduct screenings. Tests will be given for high blood pressure and diabetes, and free mammograms will also be available.

Wednesday’s event, which is free, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the college, 13356 Eldridge Ave.

For more information, call the Pacoima Community Youth Culture Center at (818) 896-8878.