University of South Carolina

Forum addresses church-based health initiatives

A church-based program to address the health needs of African Americans and reduce health disparities will be discussed at a forum Saturday, July 30, at the University of South Carolina.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 10 a.m. – noon in Room/Suite 140 (downstairs) of the Discovery 1 building at 915 Greene St.

The forum will include a brief overview of Healthy Eating and Active Living in the Spirit (HEALS) program, a discussion on ways to improve community health and how churches and communities can be involved to reduce health disparities among members.

“By partnering with churches, we have the opportunity to reduce the health disparities that disproportionately impact African-American communities,” said Lisa Davis, HEALS project coordinator.

Racial and ethnic minorities are less likely to get the preventive care they need to stay healthy, more likely to suffer from serious illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes, and more likely to die from cancer, Davis said.

“Many people look to their churches to provide health and wellness programs,” she said. “We already have had tremendous success in improving the health status of members in churches that have adopted the HEALS program.”

The forum is sponsored by the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health.

Space is limited, and registration is required by calling Davis at 803-576-5613 or emailing

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 07/22/11 @ 3:00 PM | Updated: 07/22/11 @ 2:41 PM | Permalink