3rd Annual Teen Test Day offers free confidential HIV/AIDS testing to 1,000 inner-city youth on February 13th at U.I.C. Student Center East in Chicago
February 10, 2010
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
Oak Brook, IL – February 10, 2010 –Aimed at serving the often overlooked population of inner-city teens, Chiro One Wellness Centers is teaming together with Beyond Care, Inc. and The National Teen Test Day Foundation to bring an all day Youth/Family focused health and resource fair, anti-violence focused youth rally and Hip Hop celebration offering free health screenings, workshops and community resources to inner-city youth.
‘Healing the Hood through Health, Hip Hop and Hope’ will be held on Saturday, February 13th, 2010 at U.I.C. Student Center East/Forum in Chicago and will feature health screenings, breakout sessions conducted to address various topics including teen dating violence prevention, HIV/STI prevention, self efficacy and conflict resolution and will conclude with a showcase performance in the U.I.C.’s state of the art arena. Healing the Hood was created to present solutions and connect youth to vital resources aimed at ending the spread of youth violence, HIV/AIDS, STI’s, Suicide and other chronic illnesses.
According to event creator Carlos Meyers, Executive Director of Beyond Care Inc.,”It is vital that we as a community collectively step up to the plate and answer the cry’s for help from our youth. As a community we must respond to the crisis our children face everyday in urban and rural America with the same fervor that we responded to the Haitian disaster, we cannot wait on Washinghton, DC to solve the problems in our communities, we must do something now. So often we sit by and allow the dire pictures painted by the media to go unchecked without ever showing positive stories like Teen Test Day were youth and community allies come together by the hundreds to stand against Violence and HIV.”
Health Screenings/Services on site include FREE and CONFIDENTIAL TESTING, SCREENINGS AND COUNSELING in the following areas:
HIV Antibody Test, STD, Blood Pressure Screening, Gonorrhea & Chlamydia, Diabetes Screening, Hypertension, Asthma, Cholesterol, Body Weight/Obesity Prevention, Dental Exams, Stroke Screening, Spinal Health Screenings, LGBTQ, Latino Youth Health, Youth Depression/Suicide Prevention, Teen Dating Violence, Financial Aid assistance and HIV Workshops, Pregnancy Test, Counseling For STD’S (Bilingual Counselors Available) and HIV and STD Anonymous Hotline.
“Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders,” states Brett Penager, Chiro One Wellness Centers’ Chief Marketing Officer. “Chiro One Wellness Centers is proud to participate in Teen Test Day and support them in developing their full potential in every area of their life, especially their health and wellness.”
Schedule of Events
When: Saturday, February 13th, 2010
Time: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm (4pm Anti-Violence Summit)
Where: U.I.C. Student Center East 750 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL
Press Conference at noon at U.I.C. Student Center East- where a reading of a Proclamation from Mayor Richard M. Daley, Governor Pat Quinn, Dr. Damon Arnold (Director of The Illinois Department of Public Health) and Malik Yusef (Grammy Nominated Spoken Word Artist) and Several Youth Activist will address their fight against Adolescent HIV infections and Youth Violence. Dr. Anthony DeNeal, Director of Clinic Operations for Metro Division of Chiro One Wellness Centers will also be in attendence to share their global vision.
3rd Annual Teen Test Day Power Jam
When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: U.I.C. Forum
Partnering Agencies include the Community Male Empowerment Group, Time for a Change Foundation, Crawford Broadcasting, Corazon Youth Services and Cook County Commission Robert Steele. Sponsored in part by The Illinois Department of Public Health, The Black McDonald’s Owners Association, The University of Chicago Medical Center, University of Illinois Chicago CHANCE Program, Chicago Dept. of Public Health, Walgreens and Chiro One.
For more information about National Teen Test Day, log onto www.TeenTestDay.com or contact Founder, Carlos Meyers at (312) 532-6757.