ENGAGING COMMUNITY THROUGH THE BLACK CHURCH

The Black Clergy Action Plan to Eliminate COVID-19 and Address Health Equity

  • The Black church is the oldest and most trusted institution in the Black community – has the power to influence and drive change
  • Establish a health workforce in the Black Church to deliver vaccinations, testing, and to provide health services through local partners to those most in need
  • Ensure that Churches are funded to sustain and build out its health services offering and effectively measure local impact

We intend to achieve the following key objectives:

Awareness and Education

Raise awareness and educate the Black clergy and community about COVID-19 and other health disparities

Infrastructure for Faith-based Health Workforce

Establish a network of trusted health navigators in the Black church to develop and execute a Community Solutions Action Plan (CSAP) to effectively measure local impact

Increased Testing and Vaccination Rates

Proactively engage high-risk communities through COVID-19 testing/vaccination campaigns with the goal of stopping the spread of the virus and establishing pandemic preparedness

Addressing Health Disparities

Inform, educate and address health inequities that exist within the community (i.e. obesity, diabetes, and hypertension) through preventative health care and wellness outreach

Resilience

Strengthen existing and foster new local networks that provide resources, address health disparities, and support healthy communities during and beyond the pandemic

Advocacy

Develop a federal and local advocacy plan for equitable public health

Scale

Establish a sustainable, scalable model that can be expanded to additional cities to address health disparities in other communities

Resilience

Strengthen existing and foster new local networks that provide resources, address health disparities, and support healthy communities during and beyond the pandemic

Advocacy

Develop a federal and local advocacy plan for equitable public health

Scale

Establish a sustainable, scalable model that can be expanded to additional cities/regions to address health disparities in other communities

Health Disparities: Taking Aim at the Black Community

Healthcare outcomes in the Black community lag far behind healthcare outcomes in comparison to the White population

  • Adults are 30% more likely to be obese
  • 60% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes
  • Men are 30% and women 60% more likely to have high blood pressure, with women twice as likely to have stroke
  • Women are 40% more likely to die of breast cancer
  • Twice as likely to die from COVID-19 and less likely to be vaccinated