Community Health and Men's Promotion Summit (CHAMPS)

Rating: 4.81 stars   27 reviews

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Location: Atlanta GA USA

Mission: Our mission is clear. To promote and raise awareness of the importance of early detection and prevention concerning health issues for men, especially in the area of prostate cancer. We exist to help eradicate the lines that enable health disparities in this world to exist. Although it is a lofty goal, we believe by providing this safety net we can pursue our mission on all fronts: awareness, education, and prevention. With these tools we believe we can provide an inexpensive opportunity for community members to learn about health promoting behaviors and make healthy lifestyle changes.
Target demographics: Uninsured, Underinsured, low-income men 18 years of age and older.
Geographic areas served: Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Georgia
Programs: Includes FREE health screenings (prostate and colorectal cancer screenings, blood pressure screenings, diabetes screenings, cholesterol screenings, HIV/AIDS testing, dental screenings, BMI readings) disease counseling, mental health experts, health exhibits, seminars, and much more!
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

Men are much less connected to the healthcare system than women are. Men are notoriously difficult to get to go the doctor. Men don't have much information about their health, try to solve problems on their own, and often have to take off from work just to see about their health. By setting up free screenings on a weekend day, CHAMP fills a badly needed gap, overcoming concerns about cost, providing needed information and making heathcare much more convenient to men.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've been screened at CHAMPS and found out important things about my own health early enough to do something about it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Do it more often and in cities all around the country.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How many people it has helped.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach a lot more people who need helap and may not even know it.

Ways to make it better...

Screenings were held year round in locations all throughout the country.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of public awareness about men's health in general and minority men's health in particular.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Men's health isn't just about men. Men's health affects families, children, and the economy. If men had less illness, disabilty and premature death the world would be a better place for everyone.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Dr. Bennett is the founder of CHAMPS. He is also my doctor. He successfully treated me for prostate cancer and guided me through the recovery process (which was complicated). While in recovery, I attended an event in 2008. It was well organized, many physcians, nurses,a variety of healthcare personell and volunteers with no special training. Not only did patients receive a complete healthcare screening they also recieved one-on-one counseling with a physician after all tests and exams were completed - Before they walked out the door. What amazes me, in 2008 and 2009, was the large number of people who had insurance, but just do not see their doctors. The most common explanation is ductibles are so high, they feel like they do not have insurance. The cost for this type of exam, in the open market wourd be several thousand dollars. However due to the hard work of Dr. Bennett and his volunteers the actual cost is around $100/patient examined. I find that to be the best bargain in healthcare today. Cost to the patient -NOTHING. Thanks to money, products and services donated by the companies and people of Atlanta, Georgia. This started out as a prostate awareness program and is now full medical exam program. In between patients the physicians are also doing educational presentations to the audience, to give them a better grasp on better health and tips on how to stay healthy and recognize early warning sighns. Dr. Bennett saved my life. His organization CHAMPS and its volunteers every year do the same thing for any person who attends the event. Regardless of economic or insurance status. Thank You CHAMPS GAT - Former board member

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my participation as a volunteer and board member.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it regional or even national

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Hard work the volunteers do in the months prior to the event

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All fields in healthcare

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be a nationally recognized and integral part of bringing better healthcare to America's citizens and be a frontrunner in preventive medicine

Ways to make it better...

the public would recognize it for what it does for general health and not think of it as an event focused on prostate cancer and disease

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the economy and its effect on philantrophy

One thing I'd also say is that...

Big Philantropic organizations with an interest on healthcare can partner with CHAMPS, collect data and really understand the healthcare needs of America's people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This is a program that has established a legacy of men's health advocacy and service delivery in Atlanta, and beyond. It has demonstrated that adult men ARE concerned about their health and, given the opportunity, they will take advantage of health services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen several men undergo screenings, and heard of occasions where men's lives have been improved (and sometimes saved) as a result of this program.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

CHAMPS continues to be an inspiring and valuable force for health education and awareness. Our annual event does a remarkable job of bringing together community, health professionals, and faith based organizations. Every year it continuously bears fruit, nourishing the community with health screenings, panels, and information that enable men to take charge of their own health and live longer. CHAMPS gives the community a voice and a platform to learn about prevention, early detection, and treatment. I highly recommend CHAMPS and continuing support of this endeavor.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the positive responses attendees give year after year, the long lines of attendess receiving health screenings, and the smiles. All of these indications tell me that CHAMPS is filling the gap of need.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the impact we have had on people's lives.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional, self-sacrificing, dedicated, and devoted.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more men, create more smiles, and reduce disparities in more communities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I started CHAMPS more than 15 years ago in order to enhance the quality of men's health. I have found with this outreach activity, that each year we have numerous testimonies as to how CHAMPS has improved the quality of their lives. We have been able to diagnose prostate cancer in men as early as the age of 31, as a result of CHAMPS. Additionally, I have received a procalamation from the city of Atlanta in February 2007 based upon the value of community outreach programs such as CHAMPS to enhance the well-being of men in the metropolitan Atlanta area.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Treating men for prostate cancer in men who would have otherwise gone un-diagnosed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enhance the public finding that this organization desperately needs.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The gratification in helping men.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Beautiful!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach more men who need to be screened for prostate cancer & other diseases and disorders such as colorectal cancer, hypertension, cholesterol, and STDs. A lot of men are walking around with abnormal cholesterol levels & high blood pressure & are unaware!

Ways to make it better...

We had more funding to expand screenings and to provide more health professionals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Obtaining enough funding from various institutions and individuals. We also have a problem reaching the younger male generation.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to CHAMPS every September!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

CHAMPS, Inc. was a creative invention and idea that has undoubtedly helped men's health over the years. We touch, on average, 400 men each year by providing education and screening. The community needs it; healthcare needs it; providers need it; the people need it!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Reviewing the longitudinal data and helping with the creation and draft of CHAMPS paper and abstract.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people's lives we touch!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Remarkable and very selfless!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save more lives and heal the world!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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