DescriptionOne of the greatest attributions to the health of many African Americans is their strong faith that has carried them through a multitude of trials and tribulations. The role of the Black church has been prominent in the majority of African American households in one way or another. Many religious organizations and affiliations were formed in an era where rights and freedom for healthcare, education, and other means of successful living were not yet granted to African Americans, therefore the structure and community of the church is where leadership, trust and support comes from. It was their faith that gave them strength to endure their individual battles and the black church provided the structure of trust and support.
This program was created to foster dialogue, awareness, and education within the medical community regarding the current health of African Americans and implications of centuries of medical oppression. The goal of this conference is to facilitate dialogue between prominent leaders within the Black Church and medical professionals in an effort to bridge the gap of distrust and lack of access in healthcare systems to provide better care to African American patients and to further eliminate racial disparities in health outcomes.
Our vision is to develop a national model for health systems and Black churches that encourages partnerships with a goal of eliminating distrust, disparities in health outcomes, and dismantling racism in healthcare.
The target audience for the Role of the Black Church in Healthcare will be Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Care Coordinators, Primary Care Physician practice staff members and community members in Western North Carolina and across the United States.
- To increase the knowledge within the medical community on the role of the Black Church in healthcare.
- To increase awareness levels of the pervasiveness of inequities in health.
- To analyze healthcare disparities competency for building empathy and support for addressing inequities in African American patients.
- To engage intervention efforts and increase competency to reduce mistrust, racial prejudice, ideologies, and stereotypes in Healthcare.
- Jamal Bryant
- Odell Dickerson, Jr., MBA
- Dan J. Frayne, MD
- Ronald Gates, Ordained Elder
- Joseph Hackett, PhD
- William R. Hathaway, MD, FACC
- Anquinetta K. Lewis
- Micheal A. Woods, BBA Corp Finance