The African-American Health Information & Resource Center (AAHIRC) is part of our ongoing commitment to live out the mission “rooted in God’s love, we treat illness and promote wellness for all people.” The Center is strategically placed in an area that has been plagued with deep persistent poverty for many years. Poverty feeds crime, drugs, homelessness, despair, and robs people of hope for decent affordable housing, good health, education, and good food and nutrition. The Center specifically targets those neighborhoods that are adjacent to the African-American Health Information and Resource Center.
To improve the health of African-Americans in Chatham County and the general public, the Center conducts health screenings and sponsors special events specifically targeted to the African-American community's healthcare concerns and the general public health issues.
- Blood Pressure Screenings
- Living Smart Fitness Club (Zumba, Low Impact Aerobics, and Cardio & Strength Exercises)
- Wisdom and Gathering Sessions (free health seminars)
- Health Literacy Program
- Community Healthcare/Social Services Referrals
- Professional Puppet Shows
- Storytelling Hour (free book for each child that attends)
- 4-H Community Club
- Healthy Kids Cooking Camp (summer only)
Job Training/Computer Assistance
- Training facility for computer classes
- Resume and application assistance
- SNAP (Food Stamps)
- Health Insurance (benefit enrollment assistance)
Additional Services Include:
- Free Internet access
- Screening/Consultation room
- Media center
- Compact disk and audiocassette library
- Lupus support group
To add to the ambiance, our interior design displays art and accessories reflecting the African-American culture and history.
Community Health Initiative
A project of St. Joseph's/Candler in partnership with The 100 Black Men of Savannah, Inc.
The St. Joseph's/Candler's African-American Community Health Initiative seeks to partner with community groups/organizations to reduce the incidence of health conditions that adversely affect African-Americans by utilizing education, screenings and networking by community citizens on a grass-roots level.
Primary Objectives of the Initiative
To collaborate with the community to improve healthcare awareness among African-Americans through marketing efforts, informational sessions, health screenings, seminars, health expos and educational materials.
To enhance the delivery of health care to African-Americans by improving the understanding of the medical community to cultural barriers and by developing a dedicated process to ensure referrals to medical services in the community.
To develop a sense of pride and commitment in the community toward staying healthy.
To reduce the incidence of health conditions that adversely affect African-Americans.
Contact the African-American Information & Resource Center
1910 Abercorn Street
Savannah, GA 31401
Hours of Operation are:
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.