Health and Wellness Initiative
In February 2002 the Partnership of African American Churches kicked off its Health Initiative by holding the first in a series of church based training classes for Lay Health Workers. The initiative is founded on the belief that congregational members trained by subject specific health professionals and given minimal funding can create changes that will empower and positively affect lives in our communities for generations to come.
This was the first step in PAAC's efforts to build a statewide network of Health and Wellness Coordinators. The Coordinators receive training and support which enable them to conduct health ministries in their local congregations. Some of the local activities birthed through this initiative are Healthy Sundays, exercise and swimming classes, chronic disease self-management workshops, tobacco awareness and cessation programs, community gardens, medication reviews, healthy cooking classes, health symposiums and numerous other ministries geared toward maintaining and improving life in our congregational communities.
The PAAC Health Initiative currently encompasses 17 Churches with 25 trained Wellness Coordinators in 6 Counties (Kanawha, Cabell, Raleigh, Fayette, Logan and Mingo).