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.
Winner of the Healthcare Association of New York State's 2011 Community Health Improvement Award and the Long Island Business News 2011 Health Care Heroes Award for Community Outreach, Healthy Sundays addresses prevalent medical conditions—such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension— to improve quality of life, decreasing morbidity and mortality. Free cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index screenings, as well as flu shots, are administered throughout the year. Educational seminars are given in Spanish or English, and representatives from Fidelis Care and United Healthcare also attend these events.
In 2016, 46 events were held, with more than 2,300 free health screenings and nearly 1,200 immunizations provided and more than 5,300 individuals in attendance. Almost 200 CHS personnel volunteered more than 1,100 hours to provide these services. As a result, more than 200 Long Island residents received referrals for tests or treatment. Those with abnormal results are seen at CHS hospitals or its other facilities such as the Bishop McHugh Health Center in Babylon or Hicksville, 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."