Albert B. Cleage, Sr. Memorial Health Center
|8045 Second Ave.
Detroit, MI 48203
313.875.9700, ext. 509
Sis. Imani Karega (Melanie Roby), Director
Mon.-Fri., 9:00 a. m.-5:00 p. m.
Write to us @ email@example.com
Visit our Web site @ http://www.abchc.net
The Dr. Albert B. Cleage, Sr. Memorial Health Center is a non-profit healthcare corperation developed under the auspices of the Shrines of the Black Madonna of the Pan-African Orthodox Christian Church. It received 501(c)3 tax exempt status in August of 2006 and is receiving minimal funding from the Michigan Department of Community Health along with donations from the church and community.
The ABCHC is committed to providing quality healthcare administered by skilled volunteer healthcare professionals and physicians to under-served low- and middle-income African Americans, who are often faced with chronic and deadly health concerns, including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, hypertension and obesity.
“We want to reach out to Detroit residents because we are committed to healing our community — body, mind and spirit,” says Sis. Imani Karega (Melanie Roby), director of the new health initiative.
The health center opened its doors on May 31, 2005 as a free health screening service and has expanded its free services to include the following programs:1. Patient Education Program
- Medical Diagnoses (diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesteremia,obesity, cancer, et. al)
- Lifestyle Changes (Diet & Exercise, et. al.)
2. Screening Programs
- B/P (Blood Pressure)
- DM (Diabetes)
- Chol (Cholesterol)
- BMI *(Obesity/Overweight)
3. Vaccines For Children (VFC) Program
- Pediatric immunizations (vaccines)
4. Medicaid (MCD) Enrollment Program
- Adult Benefit Waiver Enrollment
5. Lead Prevention Program
- Lead screening for children
6. Smoking Cessation Program
7. Provider Bridge Program
- MD provider appointments (for urgent medical care)
8. HIV Testing & Counseling Program
- Saturdays by appointment only
9. Unite-4-Site Vision and Glaucoma Screening Program
10. TB Testing
Monthly Health Classes
The ABCHC was conceived in August 2003 during the 50th anniversary “Jubilee” celebration of the PAOCC, which was founded in Detroit by Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman, formerly the Rev. Albert B. Cleage, Jr., who is considered the father of the black theology movement.
Dr. Albert B. Cleage, Sr.
Jaramogi Agyeman’s father was Dr. Albert Buford Cleage, Sr. (1883-1957). He was among a group of 30 black physicians of the Allied Medical Society (now the Detroit Medical Society) who, barred from joining the staffs of white hospitals and tired of asking white doctors for permission to admit black patients, incorporated Dunbar Memorial Hospital on May 20, 1918.
Located at 580 Frederick St., near St. Antoine, Dunbar (named in honor of black poet Paul Laurence Dunbar) was the second African American hospital in Detroit, but the first with a non-profit status.
According to a 1995 history of the National Medical Association (NMA) by the late Dr. Charles H. Wright, founder of the Detroit's Museum of African American History, Dr. Cleage served as an ambulance physician and surgeon and might have been the only Dunbar physician to serve an internship before it opened.
Dr. Louis J. Cleage
One of Dr. Cleage’s sons, Louis Jacob (1913-94), was also a physician, with specializations in obstetrics and cardiology. He operated the Cleage Clinic at 5385 Lovett on Detroit's west side.
He charged only $2.00 for a visit when most doctors charged $5.00 or more, but would see patients for free if they couldn’t afford to pay.
His clinic also had its own pharmacy, operated by his sister Anna, which allowed prescriptions to be filled on-site at reasonable rates. The Shrine of the Black Madonna’s first printing plant was in the rear of the clinic.
The ABCHC plans to carry on their commitment to providing quality health care.