Meet MEMAH: The Local Health Nonprofit That Gives You (Almost) Everything You Want

Published : Wednesday, June 15, 2016 | 4:03 PM

Robert C. Davidson Jr. is MEEMAH's 2016 Man of The Year 2016; former Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie is MEEMAH's Woman of The Year 2016; and Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena is MEEMAH's Business of the Year 2016.

Who said healthcare services can’t be free? Pasadena’s nonprofit Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) are adamant about serving the community by providing a variety of free health screenings for men and women for the perfect price tag of zero dollars.

“Our events are simply days for you to get everything you want,” said MEMAH Executive Director Jim Morris. “Your money’s not welcome here.”

This organization that sounds too-good-to-be-true is in fact the real deal and has been picking up steam since its inception in 2010 by offering free screenings for diabetes, prostate and other diseases that are common health concerns for the middle aged demographic.

“We had over 1,000 people at our first health screening event in 2011 and it has since grown to over 8,000 people,” explained Morris.

MEMAH’s mission is dedicated to raising the awareness, importance, and understanding of men’s health issues by offering knowledge of traditional treatments and suggesting alternative options. Don’t be fooled by the name though–MEMAH accepts and serves anyone including both men and women.

“The whole goal is to leave these people with professional knowledge so they can make informed decisions about their personal health care,” explained Morris.

MEMAH’s Get Healthy events are made possible from the medical expertise and services provided by renowned San Gabriel Valley medical institutions such as Kaiser, City of Hope and Chap Care.

“We want to give first class service to anyone and everyone. It doesn’t matter if you make ten million dollars or ten thousand dollars–everyone is welcome. Your health is important,” said Morris.

The idea of MEMAH came about when Morris went to a prostate screening at Jackie Robinson Park several years back and encountered an unsanitary and understaffed event that could have used a great deal of professional assistance.

“People shouldn’t be treated as second class citizens with respect to anyone’s financial situation,” explained Morris. “When people come to us they know they will be treated with respect.”

Opening the dialogue for men and women’s health in their middle ages is an important topic that Morris hopes will stick with people who haven’t quite yet made their health a priority.

“We find that so many men do not ask questions at doctor visits and end up being out of the loop of important health concerns,” said Morris.

Event attendees who pursue at least six screenings are treated to delicious free breakfast, lunch and snacks donated by several local establishments that keeps people coming back for more.

“People seem to appreciate what we have to offer. We really care about everyone that comes through our door,” said Morris.

MEMAH will be hosting its annual gala June 18 and will honor Pasadena entrepreneur Robert C. Davidson as Man of The Year 2016; and former Pasadena Water and Power General Manager Phyllis Currie as Woman of The Year 2016; and Kaiser Permanente in Pasadena as Business of the Year 2016.

The event will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Art Center College of Design located at 950 S. Raymond Ave.

Tickets are $150 per person and $1,500 per table. RSVP is required. To purchase tickets call (626) 817-9499 or email memahjim@gmail.com

For more information about MEMAH visit www.meneducatingmen.org.

 

 

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