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CFH wins mini grant for community discussion of minority health disparities at July 18 event in Jac

Thursday, July 14, 2016  
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JACKSON, MI – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a joint mini grant to the Center for Family Health and Community African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) to advance community awareness of health disparities for minorities. 

The grant will fund a facilitated discussion of health issues, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, which disproportionately affect African-Americans and Latinos. 

The event will be 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 18 at Community AME Church, 218 E. Franklin Street in Jackson. 

“Our goal is to explore the problem of health disparities for minority populations and the challenge of how to get more of these individuals into medical care to extend their lives,” said Molly Kaser, CEO for the Center for Family Health. “We are working with the local AME Church and others to look at what we can do to help improve the health of neighborhood residents.” 

“The Church is interested in making sure this neighborhood has support services that can help improve the lives of our residents. We are looking forward to this and will be working with the Center and others to invite residents to the discussions,” said the Rev. Melvin Hitchens, pastor of Community AME Church. 

Food and child care will be provided at the event, and two dozen community organizations will be on hand with information about their programs and services. 

Grant assistance was provided by the Health Disparities Reduction and Minority Health Section of Health and Human Services, in conjunction with National Minority Health Month in April. National Minority Health Month was launched 101 years ago by Booker T. Washington as National Negro Health Week. It has since grown into a month-long campaign to raise awareness of health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. 

Anyone wishing to attend or wanting more information should contact Terry Langston at (517) 748-5500. 

About Center for Family Health 

The Center for Family Health is an independent, Federally Qualified Health Center that never turns patients away because of inability to pay. Founded 25 years ago, it provides quality primary health care and behavioral health services to more than 27,000 patients at its main location in Jackson, four school health centers, a Hillsdale center, a dental clinic, and a satellite clinic at LifeWays. 


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