DOH Director Dr. Nesbitt to Address D.C.’s Health Priorities
with Prominent Clergy, Community Leaders

The District of Columbia is experiencing faith in action, where messages from the pulpit are those of health and healing for the community.  Faith leaders are uniting with community health providers to encourage their neighbors to take charge of their health.  On June 25, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities is planning an extraordinary day of reflection and celebration of the faith communities’ pivotal role in health promotion for minority populations.

LCHC has brought together more than 70 faith institutions and health professionals who are collectively addressing health disparities in D.C. The LCHC innovative Healthy Ties that Bind program has launched a groundbreaking clinical and preventive health service collaboration in D.C. This initiative begins in our faith centers and reaches out to connect the neighborhood with accessible and affordable health and wellness services. It is not just about providing a map of clinics, but cultivating a healthy body and spirit.

As central sources for trusted information, peer bonds and networks that encourage and support, faith centers play a unique role in improving the District’s health inequities. By fostering a dialogue between faith organizations and the health and wellness services in the neighborhood, we serve as a resource for strengthening the conversation about health throughout D.C.

Leadership Breakfast with DOH’s Dr. Nesbitt

LCHC is hosting a celebration breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 25 at First Baptist Church (712 Randolph St. NW) that highlights the pivotal role the faith community has taken in the health of their respective congregations, and the collaborations of major sectors – government, health providers, and community and faith organizations – that are working to improve community health. Within the theme, “Expanding Beyond the Pews to Achieve Healthy Communities,” presentations will focus on historical perspectives, present endeavors and future possibilities for achieving healthier communities.

Hosted by LCHC Chairman, the Rev. Dr. Frank D. Tucker, the keynote speaker for the event will be D.C. Director of Health Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt MD, MPH.  A board certified physician with clinical training in diverse urban population and a focus on minority health policy, Dr. Nesbitt will speak about DOH’s health priorities and how the faith community can support her efforts.

Community Health Fair

Following the leadership breakfast, LCHC will host a community health fair on Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Randolph Street between New Hampshire Avenue and Seventh Street NW, just two blocks north of the Georgia Avenue Metro station. The event (free and open to anyone) will feature health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, a kids’ zone, free food, giveaways and more.

Health screenings will be provided by community partners including glucose, blood pressure, HIV and hepatitis C by Unity Health Care; kidney disease by the National Kidney Foundation; SureTouch breast cancer screening; respiratory wellness for COPD and asthma by MedStar Washington Hospital Center; and additional blood pressure screenings by the Black Nurses Association.

LCHC strongly believes in a holistic approach to wellness through both clinical care and caring for your mind, body and spirit. The event will bring together a broad spectrum of services, including clinics and hospitals, health providers, behavioral and mental health services, DC Department of Health, Department of Parks and Recreation, food pantries, farmers markets, and Healthy Corner stores.

We are welcoming media coverage of this important showcase of community residents, health officials, and faith leaders working collectively to improve the quality of life for District residents. For more information about the event, please call LCHC offices at 202-541-1031. For media inquiries, please email Andrea Albersheim or call 202-587-2991.


About Leadership Council for Healthy Communities
The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) is an organization dedicated to working with clergy leaders, medical professionals, and community advocates to help African Americans and other minorities eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity.  The overall goal of LCHC is to promote healthy communities through programs and services centered in faith-based institutions.

About Healthy Ties That Bind
Working with a CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) is establishing standards of care that focus on prevention, improving access to health services, healthy stores, and recreational opportunities in the community, and linking community members at health risks to health providers.