Online Program

Faith and Public Health Leadership Producing a Healthier Community

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Apryl R. Brown, MD, MPH, FRSPH, Wayne County Community College District/Detroit Medical Reserve Corps, Detroit, MI
As a public health specialist and faith leader of Detroit, Michigan, it is imperative for me to utilize my ministerial training and professional background to address preventable health related issues manifesting in epidemic portions in the African American community.  As a Fellow of the MidAmerica Regional Public Health Leadership Institute (MARPHLI) sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, I learned how to more efficiency engage in community advocacy and education involving health promotion, disease prevention, and early disease detection.  This excellent foundation in which I received has led me to further my education as a minister in training to attend the Institute for Faith and Public Health Leadership also sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health.  This presentation will show that as a faith and public health leader I must effectively address health behavioral patterns and issues of social justice affecting the African American community while engaging in public health initiatives.  The African American community must be shown how embrace a healthy lifestyle while engaging in prayer as well as education.  The causes of health disparities and health inequities seen throughout the African American community will be analyzed.   This presentation will demonstrate how the church could engage in various types of interventions in order to elevate the health status of the African American community.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Explain how faith and public health leaders can work together in order to engage in public health initiatives Demonstrate how faith and public health leaders can work together in order to engage in health promotion among the church congregation and throughout the community

Keyword(s): African American, Faith Community

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because as a public health specialist, I am entering ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and furthermore, I am a member of the AME Women's Missionary Society.
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.