Faith-based African American Health Network
Ethnic/racial and hard-to-reach populations in densely populated urban areas endure disparate impacts from catastrophic events. National surveys have shown that their level of citizen preparedness has not increased, despite the messages of Hurricane Katrina and other recent natural disasters, and that trust in government’s ability to respond effectively to a disaster has been tarnished, particularly in the African Americans community.
To help these families, the community driven Faith-based African American Health Network of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin will convene faith-based, government, academic and community organization stakeholders to develop and implement effective infrastructures, communication networks, and resident training and support systems to engage them and encourage active participation in health program planning, policy and advocacy.
Faith-based organizations often do very well at helping these communities prepare for disasters. The Faith-based African American Health Network was originally created by the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin to build community capacity to respond to health issues and reduce health disparities in the African American Milwaukee community.