Presentation on theme: "An outreach program of Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) A Federally Qualified Healthcare Center Georgia M. Oliver, MS, BA, RN AHRQ 2011 Eliminating."— Presentation transcript:
An outreach program of Christ Community Health Services (CCHS) A Federally Qualified Healthcare Center Georgia M. Oliver, MS, BA, RN AHRQ 2011 Eliminating Health Disparities Through Community Based Research Bethesda, MD September 20, 2011
Program Statement Memphis Healthy Churches is positioned on the front line in the fight against preventable diseases in the African American Community including cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and HIV/AIDS. Currently, we provide disease prevention education in African American churches. Volunteer Health Representatives are trained to promote lifestyle changes and healthy behaviors in their congregation.
What is Memphis Healthy Churches? Began in 1998, as a partnership with Baptist Memorial Health Care Corporation and CCHS, Inc as the ACCESS ( A Community-based Cancer Education and Support Services) Program In the first year, over 20 churches participated in the program
What is Memphis Healthy Churches Continued Due to the programs’ successful reception, we seized the opportunity to include other major diseases that effect African Americans, such as Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke and HIV/AIDS In 1999, name changed to “Memphis Healthy Churches” Since 1998, we have enrolled 100 churches, with 151 Church Health Representatives (CHR) participating in the program
This program model may be adapted for other target populations
Pastor’s Role Education is the cornerstone of awareness Pastors have the opportunity on a weekly basis to integrate health awareness into their sermons Pastors provide information that will assist their congregation in making informed health choices Pastors provide ongoing support and encouragement that helps their congregation be receptive to the activities offered from that health and wellness ministry
The Church Health Representative Role Usually already active in the church’s Health Ministry. Most of them have some medical background, i.e. RN, LPN, PA, CMA, CNA, but not required Appointed by the pastor Attends MHC quarterly meetings and workshops Organizes and designs health programs at their local church Reports activities, interventions, and outcomes to MHC * Church Health Representatives are not paid.
Who Trains the Volunteers/CHR? Doctors Nurses Certified Diabetes Educator Psychologist Social Worker Education Specialist (HIV/AIDS)
How the Church Promotes Healthy Lifestyles Resource Room Newsletter Community Workshops Health and Wellness Fairs Free Community Screenings Counseling Speaker’s Bureau One on One Consultation Support Groups Training Quarterly Meetings Special Events Clergy Orientation Luncheon
Church Based Wellness Surveillance Memphis Healthy Churches developed a 4 page “wellness questionnaire” The “wellness questionnaire” was conducted by University of TN Dept. of Preventive medicine When asked, 88% of the participants indicated that they would participate in health related activities held at their church In 2001, 2,155 congregants from 20 churches, 98% of whom were African Americans participated in the inaugural administration of the survey In 2002, researchers state that this “represents the first collaborative effort to examine an array of modifiable risk factors that contribute to high mortality and morbidity among African Americans attending churches in Shelby County, TN.” Each church receives a profile of their survey results
Lessons Learned Many myths about African Americans in research were dispelled African Americans will complete the “wellness surveys” How much time the CHR;s are willing to volunteer their time for no pay If the pastor/clergy endorses the program, the congregation will follow Not all who attend churches located in the “hood” are poor African Americans with money, insurance and access to healthcare are faced with some of the same health disparities as those who have no insurance or healthcare. Many just did not seek healthcare i.e., annual check ups Highly educated members of the church did not understand how to manage their chronic disease There are not enough primary care providers in neighborhoods where the churches are located Church members will advocate for health policies that benefits them Staff Must flex time (Weekends, evenings, nights etc) Transportation was a barrier
What Did Not Work Normal business hours (M-F 8AM-5PM) Reaching the population without buy in from all stakeholders Offering education, support and services to the church solely based on local, state and national statistics. Trying to sustain the program without a strategic plan or business plan Not having full time staff dedicated to the program
Current Status of Memphis Healthy Churches Memphis Healthy Churches partners with Healthy Memphis Common Table Diabetes For Life Program to reach 1,000 individuals living with Type2 diabetes through promotion of education, self-management and prevention Memphis Healthy Churches continues to support more than 100 congregations through 150 trained health representatives providing more than 156,000 health awareness encounters annually.
Adapted by other Organizations/Communities “We have been contacted by several communities across the country to provide site visits and technical assistance on building infrastructure for viable health and wellness programs within churches.” Oklahoma Philadelphia Buffalo, NY Pittsburg Primary Care Associations Washington County, PA Community Health Centers Washington, DC National Black Cacus
Next Steps Decrease in the number of congregations experiencing complications associated with diabetes by 20% by 2013 Deliver culturally sensitive health and wellness programs by increasing unrestricted revenue by 20% annually over the next five years Develop a marketing plan to sell MHC program model in the form of a “Tool Kit” for successful faith-based health and wellness programs in 10 communities by 2014 To increase MHC capacity by delivering health and wellness programs that produce measurable outcomes Become a training site for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self Management Program offering 10 workshops by 2013 Develop a youth-focused replica of MHC in 5 congregations by 2014 To become sustainable by generating funding through the sell of program replication tool kits and financial contributions from all member congregations by 2015
Memphis Healthy Churches on The Web http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx? id=1843# http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/content.aspx? id=1843# http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/videos.aspx #Oliver http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov/videos.aspx #Oliver http://www.healthymemphis.org http://www.christcommunityhealth.org http://www.innovations.ahrq.gov http://www.lifp.org