Empowered through Health and Wellness, this division recognizes the impact a healthier lifestyle has on an individual's overall well-being.
BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS)
The League promotes BASUAH's activism for African American youth and individuals who represent the highest risk through the Youth Wellness Bureau (YWB). The mission of YWB is to educate and empower community youth regarding matters of public health. Each school year, youth participate in on-line training workshops and seminars relative to HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases and other issues facing teens and leadership team building that will help them empower their peers to make positive choices.
Communities of Color HIV Prevention
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CD), HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest out of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States. African Americans account for approximately 13% of the US population and about half (49%) of the HIV and IDS cases. HIV/AIDS is a leading cause of death for African Americans who are diagnosed with the disease. The Springfield Urban League's HIV Prevention program provides prevention messages through education and awareness, testing, counseling, and referral, risk reduction service to high risk populations.
Increasing Access to Health
People in urban communities experience disproportionately higher rates of preventable disease. As proven through previous year's programs, health screenings are a critical method for detecting potential diseases before symptoms are noticed. Not only are minority groups more susceptible to certain illness and less likely to recover than other groups, Wellness On Wheels (WOW) mobile unit, provides health screenings to medically underserved minority populations.
Stand Against Cancer (SAC)
Our SAC program is a state funded collaboration between the League and Federally Qualified Health Centers, health departments, community/faith-based organizations, The American Cancer Society and Advocates. The Mission of our Stand Against Cancer Program is to reduce racial and economic disparities in accessing breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatment. The service of the SAC program are provided free of charge for women ages 18-39 who are uninsured or underinsured, residents of Illinois.
Wellness on Wheels (WOW)
The Wellness on Wheels mobile was developed through the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services to address the lack of access to preventive health care service in medically underserved areas in Illinois. The Springfield Urban League Inc is the administrative agent for four state-funded WOW mobiles. The services provided on the mobiles are not limited to: HIV rapid tests and counseling, STD screenings, prostate exams, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, back-to-school physicals, dental exams and risk, reductions kits. If a health problem is found, the client is referred to the nearest available health clinic.