Rooted in the belief of prayer and the healing power of Jesus Christ, we serve to educate and motivate persons within multicultural communities about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We commit ourselves to sponsor workshops and distribute health materials offering insight to diseases and illnesses impacting our communities. Our ministry is dedicated to energizing residents of urban communities to be proactive in managing their health.
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's".1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (KJV)
The African American Community Profile:
- Young African Americans are living with diseases more common in older ages such as High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and Stroke.
- These diseases are still the leading causes of death in African Americans even though it has decreased since 2015.
- African Americans ages 18-49 are 2 times as likely to die from heart disease as whites.
- The prevalence of diabetes among African American adults is nearly twice as much as the prevalence among white adults.
- Although only 12% of the U.S. population, African Americans represent 44% of HIV diagnoses.
- African Americans had the largest incidence and death rates from colorectal cancer in 2017 compared with all other racial and ethnic populations.
- Among U.S. women, for all cancers combined the rate of new cancer cases is highest among White women, followed by Black, Hispanic, and other ethnic groups; however, death rates are highest among black women.
- Infants of African American women in 2015 had the highest mortality rate (11.3 per 1000 live births). This rate is more than twice the rate among infants of white women.
- Rates from homicide among African American males were the largest across all age, racial and ethnic groups.
- Reference: 2017 CDC Vital Signs Pub
COVID-19 in Racial and Ethnic Minority Groups
The effects of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minority groups is still emerging; however, current data suggest a disproportionate burden of illness and death among racial and ethnic minority groups.
A recent CDC MMWR report included race and ethnicity data from 580 patients hospitalized with lab-confirmed COVID-19 found that
- 45% of individuals for whom race or ethnicity data was available were white, compared to 59% of individuals in the surrounding community. However, 33% of hospitalized patients were black, compared to 18% in the community
- 8% were Hispanic, compared to 14% in the community. compared to 14% in the community.
- These data suggest an overrepresentation of blacks among hospitalized patients. Among COVID-19 deaths for which race and ethnicity data were available,
- New York City identified death rates among black/African American persons (92.3 deaths per 100,000 population)
- Hispanic/Latino persons (74.3) that were substantially higher than that of white (45.2) or Asian (34.5) persons.
- Studies are underway to confirm these data and understand and potentially reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the health of racial and ethnic minorities.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 Case Survelliance - United State, January 22 - May 30, 2020.
Health & Healing Activities:
Annual Health Expo:
- Provide free health screenings and health professional speakers that present health related topics to the New Hope congregation and Southfield area communities.
Health Education Workshops:
- We offer a variety of interactive workshops on health related topics that provide information to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Care Giver Support Group:
- For caregivers who deal with the daily challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or other dementias our goal is to provide support and encouragement in a confidential biblical setting.
- All information shared will be kept confidential.
HEALTH & HEALING MINISTRY OFFICERS 2020
Charlene Southern, Director
Dorothy Edwards, Secretary
"But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."
Isiah 53:5 (KJV)