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Training Lay Volunteers to Promote Health in Central-City African American Churches

Ellis, Julie L.; Morzinski, Jeffrey A.

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0b013e318283ba3a

ABSTRACT In a nation plagued by skyrocketing healthcare costs, is there an affordable way to address health needs of older African Americans in medically underserved areas? The Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Elder Community Health Upholder (ECHU) project indicates yes, we can. The key: A partnership that guides committed volunteers focused on establishing and sustaining health initiatives in faith-based settings.

The Elder Community Health Upholder (ECHU) project addressed health needs of older African Americans in medically underserved areas of Milwaukee. Discover how professionals and lay volunteers started health initiatives in nine churches.

Julie L. Ellis, PhD, RN, GCNS, is an Associate Professor at Columbia College of Nursing, teaching Cultural Diversity and Geriatric Community nursing.

Jeffrey Morzinski, PhD, MSW, directs the Professional Development Division at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, partnering with faith-based, community health initiatives.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Funding for this project was provided by the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program.

Article accepted by peer review 1/30/2012.

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