Since 1978, African American Community Services Agency (AACSA) has been serving and advocating for all communities of color in downtown San Jose. Focusing on the under-served African American population, AACSA helps fight the impact of racial disparities by providing a safe, welcoming environment, as well as educational, cultural, social and recreational programs and services.
AACSA provides the Family Health Services program to support low-income, disenfranchised, ethnically diverse children and parents through outreach, screenings and classes on nutrition, fitness and parenting skills. Services include:
- Behavioral and child development screening
- Organizing community health screenings
- Linking families with community services and programs
- Workshops on healthy living
- Nutritious soul food cooking classes
- Exercise classes
By offering easy access to these resources, AACSA is helping reduce the burden of diabetes and obesity — identified as a top health need in our 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment. Incidence of Type 2 diabetes in the community is rising, and nationwide, African Americans are at higher risk. A healthier lifestyle can help prevent diabetes or slow the development of complications.
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