The Balm in Gilead

The Balm builds and strengthens the capacity of faith communities to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities among people of the Black Diaspora. The organization develops educational and training programs specifically designed to establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles, which helps to improve health outcomes of individuals living in urban, rural, and remote communities. The Balm offers the African American community three unique programs to encourage health advancement:

  • The Healthy Churches 2030 National Campaign is keenly focused on faith-based approaches to public health issues that support integrating cultural and science-based strategies within congregations throughout urban and rural communities. The campaign includes the Healthy Churches 2030 Conference and the Healthy Churches 2030 Initiative: Roadmap 2030.
  • The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative brings together community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, employers, insurers, health care professionals, and other stakeholders, delivering the CDC’s Prevent T2 curriculum to prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, specifically among communities of color.
  • The Brain Health Center for African Americans implements Public Health Actions related to Cognitive Health, Cognitive Impairment and Caregiving at State and Local levels.

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