Success StoryNetworks of Encouragment and Support
Safe Spaces to Discuss Health
The Role Faith-Based Institution Play
The residents in Ward 7 suffer from higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and have a lower life expectancy than those in the other Wards of DC. Many public health professionals have tried to reach the individuals in this community through a number of interventions; yet, the community still struggles from major health disparities when compared to other Wards. The role the faith-based institution plays in the lives of community members allows for the dissemination of trusted information and the creation of peer bonds networks that encourage and support. By creating a safe space to discuss health in faith organizations through our Health Coordinators, we can share evidence-based health information and resources with individuals in the community.
“To address issues in her community, Health Coordinator Mary implemented classes and programs at her church, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.”