The mission of the Center for African-American Health is to improve the health and well-being of the African-American community.
The Center for African-American Health was established in 2005. The Center evolved from the health programming of the Metro Denver Black Church Initiative,
which for more than a decade collaborated with black churches to offer health programs throughout the African American community, as well as programs for at-risk youth, academically struggling students, and ex- offenders
The Center for African-American Health focuses on improving the health of African Americans because they suffer from much higher rates of illness, disability and premature death from diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. To change that, the Center provides a variety of disease prevention and chronic disease self-management programs targeting the 120,000 African Americans living in metro Denver. The Center partners with churches and a wide range of community organizations to offer a host of evidence-based health education and health promotion programs through the metro Denver area. Volunteers -- medical and non-medical -- are an integral part of the organization and participate in training and certification in order to assist in the delivery of the programs and services throughout the year.
The Center's programs include:
- Living Healthier Together and Fit Body and Soul Diabetes Prevention programs
- Diabetes disease self-management classes
- BeHeardMileHigh.Org Community Health Panel
- Senior Wellness - Aging Mastery Program
- Youth Leadership Development
- Health Literacy
- Health Promotion and Public awareness campaigns
The Center for African-American Health also is active in the public policy arena, advocating for system reforms focused on prevention and on reducing health disparities.
"The Center is changing the way African Americans are thinking about their lifestyle and how it affects their health. That's a very powerful change taking place." -- Marcelo Kort, senior public affairs liaison, Lilly USA
"What the Center for African-American Health does so well is to build trust and win the confidence of people related to health issues. I've found that African Americans trust the Center when it comes to the information they provide about health." -- Kraig Burleson, chief executive officer, Inner City Health Center
"The diabetes class at the Center made me aware that there were certain things I'd been doing that weren't good for me. I've educated myself now and will do whatever it takes to keep myself healthy." -- Trueman H. Denny, Jr.
"One of the greatest things about the Center is its focus on eliminating the health disparities that disproportionately impact our community. The Center does this by arming us as health outreach liaisons with resources that we can use to get the word out. It is very powerful." -- Sandra Coleman, health outreach liaison, New Beginnings Cathedral of Worship.