Healthy Sundays, exemplifying CHS's mission to care for those in need, is one of the system's most prolific outreach efforts. Launched in 2005, the Healthy Sundays network provides preventive health screenings and education to members of medically underserved communities on Long Island. Partnering with churches and community centers across Nassau and Suffolk, the initiative continues to grow, offering the expertise of hundreds of CHS volunteers.
Healthy Sundays addresses prevalent medical conditions-such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension- to improve quality of life, decreasing morbidity and mortality. Free blood pressure and body mass index screenings, as well as flu shots, are administered throughout the year. Educational materials are provided in Spanish and English, and representatives from community benefit organizations Fidelis Care and United Healthcare, among others, also attend these events.
In 2019, 23 free events were held, at which more than 2,000 individuals were screened and 1,200 immunizations were provided, with more than 2,500 in attendance. A total of 158 CHS staff members, friends, family members and community partners volunteered almost 700 hours to provide these services. As a result, nearly 250 Long Island residents received medical referrals to CHS hospitals or other facilities such as the Bishop McHugh Health Center in Babylon or Hicksville or South Bay Cardiovascular, where they are cared for, regardless of their ability to pay.
"We are so grateful
to all those who volunteered their time participating in the Healthy Sundays event this past weekend for the people in our community."