Who We Are
The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) is an organization of clergy leaders, medical professionals, public and community leaders working together to help African Americans and other minorities to eliminate health disparities and promote healthy communities through comprehensive programs.
The Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC) promotes healthy communities through comprehensive program and services throughout the National Capital region. We educate, inspire and promote healthy behaviors.
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.
This healing community has a multiplier effect and reaches thousands of District residents through their pulpits, clinics, and health coordinators with common and empowering messages on health.
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 min ority communities. LCHC connects body, mind and spirit to ensure highly stressed individuals facing under employment, unemployment, substance abuse, and lack of personal safety can focus on mental health, a barrier to healthy habits in minority populations.
“We educate, inspire and promote healthy behaviors.” That’s the mission of the Leadership Council for Healthier Communities and we do that through comprehensive programs and services centered in faith-based institutions located throughout the National Capital Region. From this purposeful combination of science and faith, LCHC has been able to design a meaningful response to improve community health.
To affect successful behavior changes, trust is paramount and contributes to the successes of LCHC in addressing HIV awareness, prevention, and treatment, and enrolling the African-American community into the D.C. Health Exchange. Since 2011, the LCHC has been spearheading, with help from Advocates for Better Children’s Diets, the Coalition for Wellness in the Faith-based Community that includes representatives from the academic sector, the DC Department of Health, key nutrition and physical activity community groups, hospitals, health professionals, and additional representatives from Catholic and Jewish organizations.
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Every day, minority communities within the Nations’ Capital go without the proper health care and services necessary to sustain a quality of life. LCHC connects those communities to the Health Ministry Network where they receive access to tools, resources and services to eliminate health disparities and promote healthy behaviors.
Through a new grant, beginning in 2015 LCHC will expand its efforts and will be able to reach more of those who need access to health resources. 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.
- Faith Institutions 100%
- Community Partners 45%
- Health Ministries 70%
Our mission is for everyone to be afforded health coverage, access to and quality of care for overall health and wellness.
For over seven years, we have connected communities to the tools, programs and services to eliminate health disparities and promote healthy behaviors.