234867 Faith-based organization working to create a healthier Detroit

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Apryl R. Brown, MD, MPH , Detroit Medical Reserve Corps, Detroit, MI
The mission of the faith-based organization Detroit Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is to produce a healthier Detroit. This MRC unit is a local component of a national community-based organization whose purpose involves addressing the public health priorities of the U.S. Surgeon General including improve health literacy among the general public, increase disease prevention, eliminate health disparities, and strengthen public health preparedness to be utilized during natural and/or man induced disasters and emergencies. The Detroit Medical Reserve Corps is committed to addressing how social determinants influence all aspects of the community's mental and physical state of health. Furthermore, the Detroit MRC successfully engages in public health initiatives in order to effectively promote preventive health care to this economically vulnerable and predominantly minority community through partnering with other faith and community-based organizations, health care and academic institutions, along with public health and medical associations, for example: Health care professionals from the Detroit Medical Center have guest lectured at Detroit MRC events in order to teach the community how to avoid being afflicted with preventable chronic disorders such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, obesity, malnutrition, and prominent occurring types of cancer. At health fairs, lectures, and awareness programs, the Detroit MRC has educated the residents of Detroit the importance of developing a healthy lifestyle in order to increase the quality and/or longevity of their lives. Through collaborations with other establishments, the faith-based organization Detroit Medical Reserve Corps will always teach the community of Detroit how to embrace a healthy existence of life.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the role of faith-based organizations in public health Discuss the role of faith-based organizations in creating healthy African American communities

Keywords: Community-Based Public Health, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be present because I am a public health professional overseeing the operations of the Detroit Medical Reserve Corps.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.