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.
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
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.
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 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.
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!