Recent projects

What We Do

Our programs and services address health
disparities that adversely affect the community




Reducing Stigma

Community Engagement

Care Coordination


Resource Referral

Health Ministry Network

Evidence Based Information

LCHC and Health Insurance Enrollment

LCHC partners with DC HealthLink providing trained expert Assisters to enroll uninsured and under-insured District residents with health insurance. Assisters conduct enrollment events at venues throughout the city and in places of worship for persons to have easy access to information and/or to enroll when necessary.

Healthy Ties That Bind (REACH)

The Healthy Ties that Bind program increased the opportunities for access to, and use of clinical providers and prevention services through health literacy and linking to existing health resources and faith-based organizations.

Be Health Empowered

Residents of Wingate Towers, along with Ward 7 and 8 residents became advocates for improving their overall health, increased their health literacy, connected to social services and health providers and incorporated strategies for a healthy lifestyle.

Faith-Based Leadership and HIV Mainstreaming

HIV Leadership training and technical assistance program that convened forums and conferences to inform faith leaders on the presence and impact of HIV/AIDS in the African American community and the need to reduce stigma. Health ministries implemented activities and educational sessions to educate and inspire congregants and residents about HIV prevention and the importance of getting tested for HIV.

DC Opioid Response (DCOR) Faith-Based Recovery Month

In recognition of National Recovery month, the Leadership Council for Healthy Communities (LCHC), with the support of the Department of Behavioral Health, engaged faith leaders congregations, and surrounding neighborhoods in several educational training sessions and project activity events throughout the month to highlight National Recovery Month. This helped the faith community become knowledgeable about opioid use disorders and the role of faith in addressing mental, physical, and spiritual health of the whole person. to advance the knowledge of opioid use disorders (OUD), treatment, and recovery. The initiative encouraged persons who need OUD treatment to seek help and persons informed by the education and training offered through this initiative became better advocates to champion greater access to treatment and care.

Our goal is to connect the multi-disciplinary team members together to make entering the health care system seamless and easy for individuals.

Edwin Chapman, MD

Internist, Leadership Council for Healthy Communities Board Member

Respiratory Wellness Program

Through a collaboration with MedStar Washington Hospital Center, LCHC’s Respiratory Wellness program addressed respiratory disease disparities in vulnerable communities focusing on preventive education, self-management education, screenings, and linkage-to-care for respiratory related diseases


LCHC In the Community

LCHC partnered with the USTA Foundation to sponsor a local National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter focusing on bringing tennis and education together to change lives. Through this partnership, LCHC’s NJTL chapter consisted of an intensive player development program, community service and service learning component.  With one member recognized as a National Arthur Ashe essay contest winner.  Two advanced divsion teams represented the District of Columbia in the Junior Team Tennis National Championships marking the first time in decades the District of Columbia had representation in the Championships and making history as Mid-Atlantic Division Champions for three consecutive years. The educational component includes volunteerism at USTA  local and professional tournaments, homeless shelters,  clothing drives, community service and service learning activities.  In addition, one student-athlete received national recognition as a “National Arthur Ashe essay contest winner.

Influencing the Influencers

Empower and Transform the Community

LCHC is a pioneer and catalyst of change for the faith community to implement programs and services that reduce barriers and stigma.  We influence the influencers; changing their attitudes to empower and transform the community.  Our interventions address the challenges facing the African American community and everyone in your family, at all ages.