The National Black Church
Core Program Initiatives
HEALTH DISPARITIES INITIATIVE
NBCI’s 24-church health
model is an innovative approach for faith-based communities across
this country to use itself as a health educator. Healthcare professionals
and religious leaders created the model as a result of a round table
discussion over three years. The compelling reason behind creating
this model was to get at the stubborn health concerns that were
consistently found in minority, poor and rural communities. This
model has been properly evaluated by a number of healthcares professional
who has declared it as a proven technique of delivering critical
and targeted healthcare information to underserved communities or
specific target groups. We are proud of the successes of this model
and look forward to working with you. Here are the characteristics
of NBCI’s 24-church health model:
- Using faith-based communities as educators;
- Delivering critical health information to
targeted groups or underserved communities in both urban and rural
- Working successfully with healthcare experts
in providing accurate, critical health information;
- Putting into place a structure that is easily
integrated into Kansas’ existing healthcare delivery systems;
- Working toward achieving program overall objectives
and goals and a sincere attempt to reduce statistical numbers
in disease categories through health information, health education
and health promotion programs; and
- To assist in the important task of collecting
critical data for the purpose of developing accurate health policies
and effective programming.
We look forward to working toward
a relationship whereby we can apply this model to specific communities
to tackle stubborn health concerns among targeted groups. One of
the chief benefits of a model like this is not only the delivery
of programming but also the critical collection of data.
NBCI BABY FUND INITIATIVE
The Baby Fund is a response to
the rising tide of abuse, neglect, and death among infants and young
children in our society. The Fund will be both a source of assistance
and advocacy to meet the needs of children who have little or no
voices of their own. The universal Church has a moral obligation
to protect children. The philosophical and theological underpinnings
of the Fund can be understood by all faith communities, noting the
supreme value place upon children in scripture when God said, “Suffer
the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for such
is the kingdom of God.” www.BabyFund.info
NBCI HEALTH AND WELLNESS INITIATIVE
NBCI has discovered a novel
approach for addressing the childhood obesity issue in America.
We will pay particular attention to African American and Latino
populations, ages 6-18. There are four rubrics that govern our
childhood obesity initiative: diet management, physical exercise,
behavior modification, and accurate, easy-to-read child healthcare
We have created a childhood
obesity kit that we are presently seeking sponsorship and marketing
opportunities to make this kit available to all children in need
of it. The kit is governed by the four rubrics stated above. It
is an innovative, interactive and computer-based kit that children
will find engaging and fun, with the explicit purpose of maintaining
health and wellness and reducing destructive eating habits.
NBCI, through its 16,000 faith-based
community, in 2006 will announce the largest, faith-based obesity
program in the country. Titled “The Jerusalem Walk Program,”
this initiative will create an occasion for congregations to walk
together under the leadership of their pastor. Together, the pastor
along with his or her congregation will walk the distance of one
mile in an area near their church’s location. This program
will begin in 2006, with test runs in Washington, DC and Charleston,
We have also developed and adult
health and wellness kit, which is based upon the latest scientific
evidence, on how to safely reduce weight and maintain health.
The four rubrics that govern this kit are: diet management, physical
exercise, behavior modification and accurate health literature.
Like the childhood obesity kit, we are presently seeking sponsors
and marketing opportunities to get this into the hands of those
who desperately need it, in order to reduce weight and maintain
Another exciting project that
NBCI will launch this year is the African American Women Health
and Wellness Project. The purpose of this project is to engage
African Americans through out faith-based community in a wellness
tour of 10 major cities, with an
emphasis on providing them with practical information, motivation
and critical information concerning nutrition. We are working
with a number of national retail organizations as well as the
USDA Center for Nutrition and Information. The primary focus will
be to emphasize USDA’s “My Pyramid” for adults.
years ago, NBCI launched a groundbreaking initiative that emphasized
savings, investment and long-term financial planning. NBCI has teamed
up with the America Save campaign in order to work with faith-based
communities to encourage them to have their low-income congregants
begin to save for an emergency fund, for a home, or for transportation.
This savings campaign, with the participation of certain financial
institutions across the country, allows and individual who is making
hourly wage, or those who fall within the federal poverty rate,
to save from $5-$20 dollars for these funds, or whatever purpose
they deem. This will allow those who sit at the bottom of the economic
ladder to have a fund to rescue them from an emergency situation
that they did not anticipate.
The second portion of this groundbreaking
initiative provides critical, financial education to single or married
professional the ABCs of long-term investment. NBCI, throughout
the 16,000 churches, posses a unique opportunity to impact the saving
and investment rates of American once this program is widespread.
We conducted a demonstration project
in 2004 and 2005; it was extremely successful. Now we are looking
for national sponsors to expand this to our network of churches.
INFORMATION LITERACY (THE DIGITAL DIVIDE)
The faith community recognizes how critically
important it is to have a technically wise and wired congregation.
The access to technology and to IT education is critically important
for the church to be on the cutting edges of this technological
revolution. NBCI’s initiative has two primary goals:
- To make sure that every person in America,
regardless of age or station in life, has access to technology.
- To make sure that IT education opportunities
are open to all regardless of income or race.
We plan to work with large technology companies
such as Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google to ensure that we fulfill our
NBCI ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE
mission of this initiative is for NBCI to utilize its enormous ethical
clout and influence to support policies and programs to educate
our congregants on the importance of the environment and to preserve
the environment for all future generation. We plan to partner with
the Big 10 environmental organizations to bring about this reality.
We also are committed to creating green environments throughout
our faith-based communities across the country. We have a special
emphasis on teaching our children the theological tenets of our
faith regarding protecting and preserving the environment.
NBCI is a part of the National Black Environmental