I have noticed that among the African immigrant community, we have elevated reports of hypertension (this is not a scientific study). Scientific studies have shown that blood pressure is a significant contributor to complications such as heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and kidney failure.
We thank the African Twin Cities Camp meeting’s planning committee for allowing blood pressure screening during camp meeting. This is the second year in a row that free blood pressure screening has been done by church members who are in the medical and nursing field during camp meeting. They came together to offer a free service to the community. They do the screening, give counsel and in some cases, give referral to health care services.
These healthcare workers have become our partners as we try to improve the quality of health in the African immigrant community. The camp meeting planning committee bring Doctors out to talk and discuss varies health issues in easy-to-understand language and in a non-threatening environment.
We hope that this will result in health awareness that leads to improved health in our community. The Minnesota Conference of Seventh-day Adventists wants to thank the Camp meeting planning committee, all churches who have contributed financial support and every church member who helped in any way. You all deserve our grateful thanks for your Christian spirit and hard work.
Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration
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