Healthy Behaviors

Advocates for healthy communities, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities programs and services address health disparities which adversely affect minority communities in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Our Programs

As advocates for healthy communities, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities programs and services address health disparities which adversely affect the community.

Health Access (or Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health)

Health disparity in D.C. emerges from inequalities in policy, clinical systems, and food and physical activity environments. And these disparities hit the neighborhoods of Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 with high prevalence of poverty with astonishingly higher rates of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. We are excited to employ our long-term partnerships with numerous community organizations throughout Wards 4, 5, 7 and 8 to develop a connected system of wrap-around services to address and improve the health of these communities. There are many innovative programs in D.C. What’s missing is a coordinated communication and outreach approach to link these great resources, enhancing reach and effectiveness. Working with a three-year CDC Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities Healthy Ties that Bind program will increase the opportunities for, access to, and use of prevention services through linking existing health resources and faith-based organizations.  This project will:

  • increase the number of trained health coordinators linked to community-based and clinical preventive health services,
  • coordinate a functioning health information exchange system that links community and clinical services together, and
  • share information about and increase awareness of community preventive health resources accessible.

Healthy Ties that Bind is designed to implement strategies that make a lasting impact for the African-American population in the District. Strategies for Implementation

  • Recruiting and engaging the health professionals serving our priority population through outreach to the Black Medical Association, the Black Nurses Association, the DC Primary Care Association, and the hospital partners in the Coalition.
  • Engaging the hospitals and other organizations operating clinics; the DC Office of Health Care Financing Managed Care Bureau and the D.C. Managed Care Companies that reimburse through Medicaid health services; and the DC Primary Care Association that represents the community clinics and primary care physicians, and helps train community health workers.
  • Training and retention of Health Coordinators from faith-based organizations to educate and encourage our priority population to adopt healthy eating and living habits and referral to community health services when needed.
  • Encouraging partners to assist communities, offering access to healthy food and physical activity environments through healthy food pantry donations, healthy corner stores, and safe and clean parks and walking paths.
  • Providing technical assistance to encourage faith organizations to activate wellness policies and programs.
Learn more about the Health Access: REACH program.

 

Faith-Based Leadership and HIV Mainstreaming

The program is comprised of 16 members of the LCHC Health Ministry Network and is structured with two components: prevent_prg_img   Leadership Training and Technical Assistance

  • Convene forums, conferences to inform faith leaders on the presence and impact of HIV/AIDS;
  • deliver pulpit messages to help reduce HIV-related stigma

Project Development

  • Identify and implement activities that faith institutions can undertake as health ministries and programs (e.g., projects to educate and inspire congregants and residents about HIV prevention and to get HIV testing

The Health Ministry Network participants/members for this program by Ward include: Ward Two Vermont Avenue Baptist Church Ward Four First Church of Seventh Day Adventist Moorish Science Temple of America, #71 St. John United Baptist Church Ward Five Millati Islami Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Israel Baptist Church New Samaritan Baptist Church Damien Ministries Ward Seven New Morning Star Baptist Church The New Macedonia Baptist Church Varick Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Ward Eight Covenant Baptist Church Paramount Baptist Church Union Temple Baptist Church Inner Light Ministries

LCHC and DC Open Enrollment

The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities engaged trained expert Assisters for the Affordable Care Act to enroll uninsured and under-insured residents in private health plans or Medicaid health insurance coverage through DC HealthLink.  Over 100,000 persons were enrolled between October 1, 2013 through April 26, 2015 (includes open enrollment and special enrollment periods). LCHC Assisters conducted enrollment events at places of worship around the city and provided enrollment assistance in the Economic Security Administration office, as well.

The Respiratory Wellness program will focus on preventive education, self-management education, screenings,  and linkage-to-care for respiratory related diseases.  The program will be done in collaboration with MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

The Prevention for African American Women through Faith-Based Approaches

The program is comprised of 25 members of the LCHC Health Ministry Network with the intent to change social and sexual behaviors in which African American women are at risk for HIV/AIDS infections and other health disparities, and to promote individual and group behaviors consistent with physical, mental and spiritual wellness.   AAFBA_img   The Prevention for African American Women through Faith-Based Approaches program is structured with a four-tiered approach to inform and educate black women on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care:

  • workshops and forums
  • training and technical assistance
  • peer-generated discussion groups
  • social marketing

The Health Ministry Network participants/members for this program by Ward inclu de: Ward One New Commandment Baptist Church Ward Two New Bethel Baptist Church Ward Four First Baptist Church First Seventh Day Adventist Moorish Science Temple of America, #71 Peoples Congregational Plymouth Congregational St. John United Baptist Ward Five Greater Mt. Calvary Holy Church Israel Baptist Michigan Park Christian Church Millati Islami Mt. Sinai Baptist New Samaritan Baptist Ward Six Mt. Moriah Baptist Mount Airy Baptist Pilgrim Baptist Ward Seven Johnson Memorial Baptist New Morning Star Baptist Hughes Memorial United Methodist Church Ward Eight Ambassador Baptist Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ Our Lady of Perpetual Help Paramount Baptist Union Temple Baptist

LCHC In the Community

The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC)  partnered with the United States Tennis Association to form a local NJTL chapter focusing on youth, healthy behaviors and lifestyles in our community.  The NJTL network offered by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and USTA Foundation brings tennis and education together to change lives. Through this partnership with Sutton Racquet Club and teaching professional Jeff Mays; our tennis program offers youth between the ages of 12 and 17 intensive player development training where emphasis is placed on tennis stroke production, situational play and advanced tactical instruction.  The educational component includes volunteerism at USTA  local and professional tournaments; Arthur Ashe essay contest, junior team tennis and community service and service learning activities.

Our Accomplishments:

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2014and 2015 Mid-Atlantic Junior Team Tennis Section Champions For the first time in decades, Washington DC had representation for the Junior Team Tennis National Championships. The DC Hot Shots 14U Advanced team won the Mid-Atlantic Division title and competed in the 2014 and 2015 National Championship in Columbia, SC.   The DC Hot Shots secured the spot after competing  in a tournament at the Boar’s Head Sports Club in Charlottesville, VA with junior tennis teams from Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia.

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Arthur Ashe Essay National Contest Winner – Boys 13-14 Daud Gantt-Bey was recognized as the National winner of the Arthur Ashe Essay contest.   His essay highlighted his work in the community and how he helps his father, a LCHC Health Coordinators fulfill it’s mission of educating and supporting HIV/AIDS education and awareness. For 2014, children were asked – “Arthur Ashe used his time and skills to impact others – how have you used your time and skills learned through tennis and educational programming to impact the lives of those around you?”   Read Daud’s essay  and meet the entire 2014 National Contest winners.

  • Faith Institutions 100%
  • Community Partners 45%
  • Health Ministries 70%

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Our Current Program

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.

Healthy Ties that Bind will...

Increase the number of trained health coordinators linked to community-based and clinical preventive health services,

Healthy Ties That Bind will...

Coordinate a functioning health information exchange system that links community and clinical services together, and

Healthy Ties That Bind will...

Share information about and increase awareness of community preventive health resources accessible.

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.

Source:  2013-2014, LCHC program outcome.