Health & Wellness Pop-Up in Western Addition on Feb. 25

This first-ever Mind, Body, Soul Pop-up will offer acupuncture & massage, rapid HIV testing, Zumba class, cooking demos, vision checks, blood pressure checks, glucose testing, and youth focused games and activities

WHAT: University of San Francisco’s (USF) Engage San Francisco, in partnership with City of San Francisco’s Department of Public Health, Westside Community Services, and Collective Impact will present the Mind, Body and Soul community pop-up on Saturday, Feb. 25, in San Francisco’s Western Addition.

The Mind, Body, and Soul Pop-up will provide health screenings, meditation, and cooking demos to participating community members. Workshops focusing on health education will be available, as well as live entertainment.

The Mind, Body, and Soul Pop-up was developed to respond to the Western Addition’s need to have health and wellness services that are affordable, accessible, and consistent. Utilizing a focus on wellness, the vision is to pilot a collaborative medical and behavioral health community pop-up that centers the mind, body, and soul of the Western Addition youth. Through this community collaboration, the goals are to increase access to medical and health wellness services; increase treatment and referrals for medical and behavioral health needs; and reduce stigma surrounding medical and behavioral health treatment.

“Through Engage San Francisco, USF works in partnership with the Western Addition community to address fundamental and systemic issues of inequity such as health care access,” said Karin Cotterman, director of USF’s Engage San Francisco. “We are thrilled have our faculty, students, and staff work side by side with Westside Community Services, DPH, Collective Impact, and other community-based organizations on this first Mind, Body, & Soul Pop-Up.

“It is necessary that our community is aware of the free and or affordable wellness services   available to them and I hope we connect youth and families to services and programs that can address their wellness needs,” said Kia Wallace, program coordinator for the Ajani Program of Westside Community Services.

WHEN: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:
Ella Hill Hutch Center
1050 McAllister Street,
San Francisco, CA 94115

CONTACT: Members of the media interested in covering the Mind, Body, and Soul Community Pop-up in San Francisco’s Western Addition should contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto at  abdevine@usfca.edu or 415.279.9137 with your name, media outlet, and contact information. 

ABOUT: USF’s Engage San Francisco is a transformative, university-community partnership designed to take the strengths of the university and partner with neighborhood non-profits and local government agencies to achieve real change in the Western Addition. In February 2016, USF’s Engage San Francisco Initiative received a Super Bowl 50 Grant to address the behavioral health needs of Western Addition youth. That grant is funding these pop-up clinics.