Middle for Well being Fairness hosts Brooklyn Meals, Health and Religion Summit

Photo credit: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The New York Department of Health’s Center for Health Equity hosted through its Office of Faith-Based Initiatives and in partnership with the Brooklyn Interfaith Advisory Group on Wednesday, 27th 2017.

Dr. Aletha Maybank, Assistant Commissioner and Director of the Center for Health Equity, appreciates working with the Brooklyn Interfaith Advisory Group: “Our local faith leaders have been invaluable partners in our efforts to promote health equity in our neighborhoods. Her renewed commitment to developing comprehensive health programs illustrates her power to create lasting, positive change in north and central Brooklyn. “

The interfaith advisory groups located in each district bring together faith leaders to work with the Department of Health in planning and developing public health programs and guidelines. In its fourth year, the summit welcomed 250 faith leaders to the Forchelli Conference Center at Brooklyn Law School to improve health programs in their places of worship.

Photo credit: New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

The Ministry of Health’s Center for Health Equal Opportunities, founded in 2014, works to address health inequalities in neighborhoods with disproportionately high rates of chronic illness and premature death. This year’s summit expanded the scope of health goals to include hiking groups, healthy eating, and training in mental health first aid and emergency preparedness.

“Our district’s annual Food, Fitness, and Faith Summit is an important opportunity to build the potential of our places of worship to help our communities care for healthy children and families,” said Eric, Brooklyn District president. L. Adams.

As a result of last year’s summit, 11 hiking groups were established, 13 blood pressure programs developed, and representatives from 20 religious organizations attended mental health first aid training.

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