Promoting Healthy Behaviors
Comprised of dedicated and committed faith leaders and medical professionals. The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) is an outgrowth of the work of a group of prominent clergy leaders in the District of Columbia, who came together to organize and address health disparities within minority communities.
Health Ministry Network
For everyone to be afforded health coverage, access to and quality of care for overall health and wellness.
We educate, inspire and promote healthy behavior.
The overall goal of LCHC is to promote healthy communities through comprehensive programs and services centered in faith-based institutions strategically-located throughout the National Capital Region.
The purposes for which the corporation is organized are:
- To develop interventions to address the challenges facing the African American community through faith-based solutions,
- To establish and develop coalitions for organizations and service providers that will provide for the improvement of health, social, educational and economic conditions,
- To provide technical assistance and training to community and faith-based organizations that are dedicated to the improvement of health, social, educational and economic conditions of children and families, especially African Americans,
- To provide a forum for which the areas of health, social, educational, economic and spiritual development can be discussed and strategies developed to improve conditions and strengthen relationships within and among African American and other families.
Learn more about what we do in Our Impact section.
The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities is an outgrowth of the work of a group of prominent clergy leaders in the District of Columbia, who came together in 2005 to organize the Clergy Leadership initiative on HIV/AIDS. Although some of these clergy leaders had HIV/AIDS ministries operating in their institutions, they recognized the importance of clergy speaking directly to clergy to encourage broader, more meaningful responses to eliminate health disparities. Working with partial support from the Department of Health, faith leaders hosted the District’s first “Clergy Leadership Summit of HIV/AIDS”. The purpose of the summit was to convene clergy and lay leaders to establish a comprehensive, coordinated HIV/AIDS prevention effort that would be compatible with faith environments and ministries.
The clergy leadership recognized the need to expand and deepen its reach with organized health ministries positioned to participate as a District-based entity. LCHC canvassed over 100 faith institutions and identified over 70 health ministries and 50 faith institutions to include in its network.
From the organization’s inception, highly-respected medical professionals committed to working with the faith leaders to address health disparities among the African American and other minority communities.
LCHC Impacts the Community
Working with a three-year CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities will establish standards of care that focus on prevention, improve access to health services, healthy stores, and recreational opportunities in the community, and link community members at health risks to health providers, learn more.
- Faith Institutions 100%
- Community Partners 45%
- Health Ministries 70%
Our Recent Work
CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH)
The Healthy Ties that Bind program will establish standards of care that focus on prevention, improve access to health services, healthy stores, and recreational opportunities in the community, and link community members at health risks to health providers.
Prevention for African America Women
The Prevention for African American Women through Faith-Based Approaches program structured with a four-tiered approach to inform and educate black women on HIV/AIDS.
Faith-Based Leadership and HIV Mainstreaming provides leadership training and technical assistance and project development activities to educate and inspire congregants and residents about HIV prevention and to get HIV testing.
Affordable Care Act
The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities partnered with the District Government to educate and enroll uninsured and under-insured District residents with affordable health insurance.
We educate, inspire and promote healthy behaviors.
Despite significant advances in civil rights, race remains a significant factor in determining whether an individual receives care, whether an individual receives high quality care, and in determining health outcomes.
Source: 2008, Kaiser Family Foundation, Eliminating Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Health Care: What are the Options?
In one year, Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) educated and screened over 1,600 African American women about HIV risk taking behaviors.
Source: 2013-2014, LCHC program outcome.
Over 7,500 participants attended Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) Mainstreaming events to identify and implement activities faith institutions can undertake as health ministries/programs.