What is Choose Healthy Life?
Working in partnership with United Way of the National Capital Area, Quest Diagnostics‘ Choose Healthy Life Black Clergy Action Plan (CHL) is a response to the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community. CHL leverages the power of the Black church—a trusted and respected organization in the Black community—to expand access to FREE COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccines and other health services in underserved communities. CHL fosters partnerships between Black churches and Local United Way (LUW) affiliates to conduct a massive public health campaign across five cities: New York, Washington, DC, Newark, Atlanta and Detroit.
Even as access to vaccines increases throughout 2021, the need for COVID-19 testing is not going away. Our goal is to reach 4,000+ residents in the DC community, and to expand this sustainable model to address a multitude of health disparities in the Black community, such as high risks of diabetes and high blood pressure, in the post-pandemic future. On June 17, at our Juneteenth Town Hall event, United Way NCA, Choose Healthy Life and our partners made a big announcement on expanding the Choose Healthy Life programmatic work to include COVID-19 vaccinations and more. Click here to see full details and here to watch the recording of the event’s livestream.
How to Get Tested and Vaccinated for COVID-19 at a CHL Site
All testing and vaccination sites through CHL are FREE for community members. Please go to Quest Diagnostics’ website to pre-register for your COVID-19 test and vaccine. Walk-ups are welcome and will be registered onsite, but pre-registration and scheduling ahead of time is highly recommended. Schedule your free COVID-19 testing and vaccination appointment at one of our upcoming events by clicking here. Events that are hosting both testing and vaccines are noted in the calendar below.
Upcoming Testing and Vaccination Events
You can also find more information and schedule your appointment by following the QR code, below. Simply scan your smartphone’s camera app over the code and the website will appear.
Churches Serving as COVID Testing and Vaccination Sites in the DC Area
There are a total of 10 churches in Washington, DC, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County participating in CHL. Each church has hired a Public Health Navigator, establishing an infrastructure of trusted health support to ensure testing is safe, effective and reliable. Our partner churches are listed below.
Prince George’s County
- • First Baptist Church – Ward 4
• Michigan Park Christian Church – Ward 5
- • Mt. Lebanon Baptist – Ward 6
- • Mt. Sinai Baptist Church – Ward 6
- • Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church – Ward 7
- • Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church – Ward 7
- • Covenant Baptist UCC – Ward 8
- Why CHL?
Choose Healthy Life is raising awareness and educating the Black community on COVID-19 and other health disparities. CHL proactively engages the community in a COVID-19 testing campaign to reduce the spread of the virus and to save lives.
About United Way NCA
United Way NCA mobilizes all sectors of the community to work together with one goal in mind – helping people live their best lives by reducing disparities and increasing equity. To learn more about UWNCA and the programs we offer, see our What We Do page.