There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living. – Nelson Mandela
WHY WE ENGAGE FAITH COMMUNITIES ABOUT HEALTH?
The influence and authority of the church tradition extends to every aspect of Black American life, both past and present.
In addition to tending to the religious lives of their members, Black Churches play the role of “griot”: they represent learning through hearing and provide Black communities with a well-established and highly trusted “pass-along” network that is especially valuable when it
comes to health-related matters.
Even among millennials, annual Black Protestantism has been more successful than mainline Protestantism in retaining millennial church-goers according to Pew Research.
Goal 1 INCREASE CAPACITY
Increase the number of African-Americans within faith-based settings who have the capacity to lead individuals within congregations and communities in health promotion, disease prevention, screening, disease management and service delivery.
Goal 2 INCREASE UNDERSTANDING
Increase an understanding of concepts and models of disease management to improve the quality of life for African-Americans with chronic health conditions.
Goal 3 INCREASE PARTICIPATION
Increase participation in and utilization of biomedical interventions, clinical research, medication adherence and precision medicine among African-Americans.
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