The National Black Church Initiative Health Emergency Declaration

Health Emergency Declaration

Multi-generational family The Black community, because of its historic disadvantage of not being a part of the original American democracy -- some would say the American experiment -- and because of its horrible health composition and status, can ill afford to wait for health reform that will not truly take hold for another ten years.

The National Black Church Initiative, having grown morally frustrated on the pace of achieving equality in health in any area, is moving with immense speed to reveal its Health Emergency Declaration (HED) that will institute throughout its 34,000 churches proven health prevention strategies and models that will begin to alter, transform and eliminate the negative health statistics between whites and blacks in this country.
  1. Know your body Know your body.
  2. Visit the doctor Visit the doctor.
  3. Increase fruit and vegetable intake Increase your fruit and vegetable intake by 150%.
  4. Increase physical activity Increase your physical activity by 150%.
  5. Get enough sleep Get enough sleep (8 hours).
  6. Take 'mental breaks' Take "mental breaks" to reduce stress.
  7. Quit smoking Quit smoking or do not start smoking.
The National Black Church Initiative Health Emergency Declaration: A National Health Prevention Program .pdf [1.6mb] The National Black Church Initiative declares a national health emergency in the Black church highlighting the health crisis in the African American community. This paper explains why we are taking such dramatic actions and the proven, scientific methods we will be using to solve the crisis.
Health Emergency Declaration Slide Presentation .ppt [1.6mb]
This is a detailed Powerpoint slide presentation summarizing the solutions, strategies and scientific-based modeling that we will employ in HED. small image of NBCI report
The NBCI's 24-Church Health Model .pdf [2.5mb]
An innovative approach for faith-based communities across this country
CME Outfitters Announces Partnership with National Black Church Initiative
Partnership will deliver healthcare education and resources to an estimated 27.7 million members of the African- American and Latino communities on a multitude of therapeutic areas and disease states
CME Outfitters logo "We are honored to collaborate with the National Black Church Initiative to leverage our partnership to address unmet medical needs in marginalized and underserved communities through our shared missions of improving healthcare through education. This partnership will provide evidence-based strategies to clinicians and patients nationwide to address health disparities and social determinants of health. We stand on the precipice of enacting real change that not only improves life but extends it in these historically overlooked communities," said Kashemi Rorie, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of CME Outfitters.

"Our collaboration will educate not only NBCI's 150,000 constituents and members – which include over 17,500 healthcare professionals - but also an estimated 27.7 million members of the African American and Latino communities."

NBCI CTEAPP End of the Year 2021 Progress Report and Successes

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) 2021 Statistical Progress Summary .pdf [605mb] NBCI Clinical Lecture Tour 2019-2020
The Ground Breaking Year of NBCI Clinical Trials Education and Participation Program (CTEAPP)

2022 Statistical Progress to Date (Includes YouTube and Facebook video views and page summary data)

  • CLINICAL TRIAL LECTURE TOURS: NBCI hosted experts in clinical research to discuss the importance of diversity and representing African American and Latino communities in clinical trials.
  • NBCI MOBILE CLINICAL TRIAL PAVILION: NBCI developed a mobile pavilion with clinical trial facts and principles for every community to visit with their family.
    • Total clinical trial knowledge survey distributed -12,903
    • Average clinical trial knowledge surveys collected -7,741
    • Total Research Includes Me literature disseminated -6,000

NBCI National Clinical Strategy: A New Path Toward Clinical Trials In the African American Community

The National Black Church Initiative is initiating a fifteen part nationwide lecture series that will highlight noted African American clinicians and to further NBCI Trials Education Awareness and Participation Program (CTEAPP) .pdf [6.09mb]. The lecture series is another important building block of creating an expansive clinical trials initiative to increase minority participation. The goal of NBCI/ CETEAPP is to assure 15 percent or more black participation in clinical trials.

Who are some of the Clinicians giving the lectures?

  • We will select clinicians who have made enormous impacts in particular clinical areas and whose research will effect African Americans.
  • These clinicians must be connected to a major teaching university, be published, and have a strong pharmaceutical relationship, committed to increasing AA in the clinical trial space.
Continue to the lecture tour video archives

The National Black Church Initiative Launches Major Sickle Cell Disease Education and Outreach Initiative in 100 churches in Atlanta, Georgia
.pdf [57kb] Washington D.C., -- December 13, 2021 -- The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 150,000 African American and Latino churches that constitutes 27.7 million churchgoers, is partnering with the sickle cell disease community to launch a major disease education and outreach initiative in approximately 100 churches in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited group of disorders in which red blood cells contort into a sickle shape. The cells die early, leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells (sickle cell anemia), which can block blood flow causing pain (sickle cell crisis), organ damage, and early death.

NBCI Clinical TrialsNBCI and its National Clinical Strategy (SCS) .pdf [1.5mb]has enrolled thousands of patients for studies, programs and projects. We have developed a highly successful congregate recruitment formula since we began offering these services

Our SCS "trust factor" and expertise facilitates our ability to rapidly initiate recruitment of the desired patient population
  • Direct patient access
  • Survey data

"Creating a New Path Toward Clinical Trials In the African American Community Utilizing a Faith-Based Scientific Approach

Recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration

FDA Since little published work on participation barriers for clinical trials among minorities exists, the purpose of this report is to summarize and distill approaches routinely used in clinical trial education and recruitment initiatives of minority or disadvantaged groups in other disease areas.

What is Atrial Fibrillation?

Atrial fibrillation, often called AFib or AF, is the most common type of treated heart arrhythmia. Atrial fibrillation image of kewl black man The condition contributes to about 158,000 deaths each year. The death rate from AFib as the primary or a contributing cause of death has been rising for more than two decades.

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This is "The Year of Clinical Trial Diversity"!

National Black Church Initiative has been working to develop new resources to help promote diversity in clinical trials. Shirley story cover We have five new public service announcements, a blog, and an infographic to encourage minorities to join clinical trials. The videos feature Shirley Miller, who is living with sickle cell disease, or Dr. Luciana Borio, Acting Chief Scientist at FDA. They share their views on why diversity in clinical trials matter and encourage patients to learn more.

Colon Cancer – A Preventable Tragedy A National Faith – Based Strategy

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The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are nearly 42 million African Americans, comprising about 13 percent of the total US population. The U.S. Cancer Statistics Working Group estimates that approximately 18,000 African American men and women were diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2013, and in just that same year, 6,850 of them died from it.

Connecting African American Communities to Free Multiple Myeloma Information, Expert Care, and Support

The purpose of the Myeloma Link Pilot Program was to implement a church-based initiative in black communities, particularly low-income communities, in an effort to: 1) heighten awareness of myeloma; 2) increase knowledge about the disease and treatment; 3) provide information and resources that will empower patients to seek novel treatments and enroll in clinical trials in a timely manner, and 4) encourage patients and caregivers to use a new, sustainable support infrastructure.

NBCI Corporate Capability Statement

NBCI has the capability of reaching African American and Latino target populations with health literature and information anywhere in the United States where there are black churches.NBCI Corporate Capability Statement

Health Emergency Declaration (HED) Kick-off

Rev Evans holding NBCI health note

The press conference was held March 28, 2010 at the Israel Baptist Church, Baltimore, MD, kicking off a seven year commitment to healthier lifestyles for all African Americans through education, pre-screening, improved diet, physical exercise, and clinical trials

Baltimore represents the first HED health community, one of 35 such communities across the country.

Sickle Cell Literature Church Distribution

Rev Evans and usher holding Generation S material

The National Black Church Initiative has provided literature on Sickle Cell Anemia to churches. Continue to view images of this activity

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