This is an interdenominational activity involving: Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Pilgrim Baptist Church and Resurrection Temple. These four 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 this 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 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.