Title : Aging while black: Understanding the role of faith & culture to address health disparities among african americans across the lifespan
There is a profound relationship between faith and health, particularly in the African- American population. Studies have found that African-Americans are one of the most "religious" racial and ethnic groups in the US. Through the development and utilization of effective mobilization and partnership with faith institutions across the country, there is a tremendous opportunity to replicate and implement evidence-based programs. This session aims to help public health organizations and healthcare professionals understand the role and impacts of culture, particularly faith, among African-Americans, and how to use this dynamic to address a variety of health disparities, social determinants of health, and health literacy.
Pamela D.Price currently serves as the Deputy Director for The Balm In Gilead managing the various health initiatives of the organization. Under her leadership, the organization provides support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation, which strengthen their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. In addition to her role as Deputy Director, she also serves as the Director for The National Brain Health Center for African-Americans. In 2016, she co-developed a six-part educational curriculum for nurses and allied healthcare professionals aimed at addressing knowledge gaps related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affecting African Americans. Mrs. Price has conducted over 25 training sessions across the country with various nursing associations and healthcare organizations.Mrs. Price holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health and has more than 20 years of experience in public health, epidemiology, and healthcare. As a registered nurse, she has served as a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corp and excelled in both government and non-governmental agencies providing leadership and guidance on program management, quality improvement, and project development. She frequently conducts workshops and trainings across the country at various conferences and events in addition to providing technical assistance and capacity building services to community-based organizations.