New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

An article recently published in a special issue of Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action describes the evolution of the Community Health Advocate (CHA) and STARS and STRIPES pipeline programs from separate, age-segregated programs to interconnected, multigenerational opportunities for promoting health equity. The article briefly provides an overview of the two programs … Continue reading New Publication Highlights CHC’s Community Engagement Core

CHA Led Project: Teaching Children to Garden

Community Health Advocates Sheena and Bo Williams have a heart for bringing nutritious food and knowledge of healthful eating to the community. As a part of this effort, they teach a gardening class at Taylor Park Community Center on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Each of the students is a part of the Junior Master Gardener … Continue reading CHA Led Project: Teaching Children to Garden

HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia

At the February 2018 meeting of the Health Disparities Research Group (HDRG) Dr. Roma Hanks --Director for Community Outreach at the Center for Healthy Communities and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work -- led a team of individuals in discussing the evolution of the Regional Health Disparities Symposia (RHDS) from a … Continue reading HDRG Recap: Little Less Talk/Lot More Action: Evolution of Community Outreach Symposia

Engaging the Community in Dissemination Planning

On January 20, 2018, the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) brought together 13 community members to develop a plan for disseminating data collected through the Sentinel Surveillance to Monitor Progress Towards Health Equity Project (Sentinel Surveillance). The participants represented three advisory boards the CHC established to advise on the project and the dissemination strategy. These … Continue reading Engaging the Community in Dissemination Planning

Educating For Healthy Lifestyles

  Recently, Ms. Barbara Hodnett, a long-serving Community Health Advocate (CHA), shared of her experience of participating in the Healthy for Life 20 by 20 initiatives Community Engagement program sponsored by Aramark and the American Heart Association. A member of Bethel AME Church in Mobile, Ms. Hodnett learned of the program from the AME Church’s … Continue reading Educating For Healthy Lifestyles

Encouraging Community Health Advocates

In December 2017, the Center for Healthy Communities Community Outreach Core hosted the annual retreat for community health advocates (CHA) at the USA Faculty Club. The event focused on encouraging and equipping the CHAs to continue their work in addressing health concerns in their communities. After a welcome from the Health Education Specialist, Candis Patterson, … Continue reading Encouraging Community Health Advocates

CHA Led Project: Learning about Nutrition and Gardening

On October 30th, Community Health Advocates (CHA) Bo and Sheena Williams hosted an event promoting gardening at the Taylor Park Community Center and Garden. The event started with a talk from Bo Williams on the history of gardening in the African American Community. This was followed by a lunch and a day in the garden. … Continue reading CHA Led Project: Learning about Nutrition and Gardening

CHA Led Event: 6th Annual Rainbow Cancer Walk-a-Thon

On October 27, 2017, Revelation Missionary Baptist Church held its 6th Annual Rainbow Cancer Walk-a-Thon. Started by Community Health Advocate Mrs. Gloria Carter, the event offers an opportunity for participants to memorialize the lives lost to cancer, celebrate cancer survivors, and learn more about different forms of cancer. After opening in prayer, Walk-a-Thon participants walked … Continue reading CHA Led Event: 6th Annual Rainbow Cancer Walk-a-Thon

Partnering to Make a Difference

  Recently, the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) formed a partnership with Trinity Family Ministries to provide health education services during the organization’s annual Fall Festival and Health Fair. Through the partnership, Community Health Advocates (CHA) will teach participating youth about container gardening as a way to improve nutrition.   The partnership idea originated with … Continue reading Partnering to Make a Difference