A Proven, Sustainable, and Scalable Model to Address Health Equity in the Black Community through the Black Church
Create a network of Black Churches – the most trusted institutions in the community – that are committed to addressing health equity
Establish and sustain a faith-based health workforce to address COVID-19 through testing/vaccination, promote wellness, address health equity and ensure pandemic preparedness in the community
Collaborate with local healthcare organizations with a vested interest in providing support to underserved communities
Deliver measurable and sustainable impact that drives health equity and a decrease in morbidity and mortality in the communities served
REV AL SHARPTON
National Action Network
REV CALVIN O. BUTTS, III*
Abyssinian Baptist Church
REV JACQUES DeGRAFF
CHL New York Clergy Leader
REV HORACE SHEFFIELD
New Destiny Christian Fellowship
REV RAPHAEL WARNOCK
U.S. Senator (Ga.) Ebenezer Baptist Church
REV FRANK TUCKER
First Baptist Church
REV DAVID JEFFERSON
Metropolitan Baptist Church
REV DARRELL GRIFFIN
Oakdale Covenant Church
REV NELSON RIVERS
Charity Missionary Baptist Church
REV MITCHELL STEVENS
Pilgrim Baptist Church
REV MATTHEW WATLEY
Kingdom Fellowship AME Church
REV QUE ENGLISH
Bronx Christian Fellowship Church
A critical part of the Choose Healthy Life Action Plan is the establishment of the National Black Clergy Health Leadership Council (NBCHLC) which serves as the driving force among leading Black Clergy across the country to engage in community outreach to address health disparities in the Black community.
The Council is focused on supporting and achieving the goals of the Choose Healthy Life Action Plan, which are as follows:
Significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Black community.
Lower morbidity and mortality rates from COVID-19 in the Black community.
Demonstrate the effectiveness of the program for use in other cities.
Demonstrate the effectiveness of the programmatic approach to address health conditions and improve health outcomes in the Black community, especially for uninsured or underinsured populations.
Pursue and secure additional funding sources to sustain current program and future expansion.
Advocate for changes in policies that will positively impact efforts to address health disparities.
The black church is considered to be among the most trusted institutions in the Black community and the National Black Clergy Health Leadership Council brings together Black clergy leaders across the nation to advocate on behalf of their respective communities. Specifically, the NBCHLC has as its charge to do the following:
Raise Awareness – the council must be at the center of raising awareness on the health issues facing the community
Conduct Community Outreach – the council must lead the effort to educate and provide the resources to ensure health support services are provided to their respective communities
Advocate for Support – the council must come together to advocate for additional and sustained support to address health disparities
DR. TOM FRIEDEN
President and CEO
Resolve to Save Lives
DR. LOUIS SULLIVAN
Morehouse School of Medicine
DR. REED TUCKSON
Black Coalition Against COVID-19
DR. DONNA CHRISTENSEN
U.S. House of Representatives (1997-2015)
MARCELLA NUNEZ-SMITH, MD, MHS
Assoc. Dean, Health Equity Research
Yale School of Medicine
FATIMA STANFORD, MD, MPH, MPA, MBA
Obesity Medicine & Nutrition Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard Medical School