Keogh Health Connections will start putting a $50,000 grant to work Thursday helping people who are at risk for hypertension and diabetes get the health care they need. A Keogh outreach specialist will be present at the Golden Gate Community Center, 1625 N. 39th Ave., Phoenix, from 8:30 a.m. until noon every Thursday to help residents apply for the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and enroll in classes on healthy eating.

“Members of this community are disproportionately non-English speaking, low-income, uninsured and have low education levels,” Keogh Health Connection founder Karlene Keogh Parks said. “Statistically speaking, these factors put them at risk for obesity, and the diseases of hypertension and diabetes, which come with it. Our goal is to create a ‘complete circle of care’ from identification to treatment to accessing community resources.”

This Keogh initiative is possible because of a generous $50,000 grant from Dignity Health. For more information, contact Claudia Maldonado at 602-266-0397 or at