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Mar 31st

Congregations unite to promote health and wellness

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Focusing on health disparities in the African American community

Four St. Paul congregations are joining forces, for the second year, to raise awareness around the importance of health and wellness.  The “Know Your Numbers” health fair will take place at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 451 Central Avenue W, St. Paul, on Saturday, Sept. 18, 10 am to 1 pm.  The goal is to promote healthy lifestyles by empowering people through education and screenings, while creating increased awareness of community resources that are available to individuals and families.  

This is an interdenominational activity involving: Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church, and Resurrection Temple.  The congregations are part of a larger health initiative under the auspices of the Stairstep Foundation called “There Is A Balm”.

The 2008 edition of America’s Health Rankings identified Minnesota as the fourth healthiest state in the nation.  Despite the overall health status of our state, populations of color (African Americans, Asians, Hispanics) and American Indians continue to experience poorer health and disproportionately higher rates of illness and death. (Populations of Color Health Status Report, Spring, 2009)

“In almost every indicator of disparate health outcomes African Americans are at greatest disadvantage. That the African American church can lead in the fight to eliminate the gap is a matter of great hope and is entirely consistent with our history” said Alfred Babington-Johnson, Founder, President & CEO of The Stairstep Initiative Companies.


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