is a media leadership group that creates a positive setting for urban youth ages 10- 21. The project utilizes student involvement in media as the vehicle to establish ongoing youth development activities. Since 1999, HYPE members have produced quality programming giving accurate, culturally sensitive HIV/AIDS and substance abuse prevention information to their peers in an up-beat entertaining way. Students work to create stage performances that speak to their peers in positive ways. Students reached over 2,000 youth in their performances at Kauffman Performing Arts Center.
is designed to encourage the faith community to assist in educating the community on the risk factors associated with HIV/AIDS and to mobilize area African-American churches in reducing the spread of the disease. The CCON is a certified partner of the Balm In Gilead, Inc. and is the convener and fiscal agent for the local observance, which is held the first full week in March annually.
is a church based health promotion program that mobilizes and empowers churches to help in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS. TIPS partners disseminate pre-developed, culturally and religiously tailored materials from the HIV Prevention & Compassion Tool Kit to congregants and affiliates. CCON staff and volunteers provide technical assistance and resources including testing.
The primary goals of the pilot intervention study are to increase: a) knowledge on preventing and living with diabetes, heart disease, and stroke; b) exercise and healthy eating; and c) weight loss. This Project is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities in partnership with UMKC.
Healthy Faith is a new healthy-living program designed to for AA Churches. Urban core congregations located in high need zip codes implement interventions that address the community’s wellness and priority health disparities in. The program offers AED’s along with CPR Training. The program is intended to assist each congregation to construct its own activities based on unique needs expressed by each. Rather than building a program and asking people to come, Healthy Faith is designed for community input at each level.
Health Related Research Projects
African American churches will have the opportunity to promote healthy behaviors and prevention through implementation of a culturally and religiously tailored, multilevel intervention. Which will include: a) church services (e.g., sermons, responsive readings, church bulletins); b) group (weekly) weight loss, exercise, and cooking sessions; and c) individual health screenings, linkage to care, and text/voice message reminders to engage in healthy behaviors.
provides structured fitness opportunities and information to youth and families living and working in urban Kansas City. The 10,000 square foot warehouse located at 3002 Holmes Street has been converted into a state of the art fitness center to serve youth and families in the target group. Health screenings, nutrition demonstrations and fitness classes are among the program offerings.
The KC Fun & Fitness Day
This is an outdoor health & fitness festival that is offered to the community. Health Screenings, resource distribution, Fitness competitions and demonstrations, Music dancing & food. Draws between 1,500 and 2,000 attendees each year.
Reaching All God’s Children Conference
A capacity Building Workshop designed to build and strengthen the health ministries of 40-50 AA churches annually.
CCON serves as fiscal agent for BlaqOut which is a group conducting a community needs assessment for Young African American Men Who Have Sex with Men. A grant award from the Health Care Foundation of Kansas City and supplemental funding from Truman Medical Center fund the research study.