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Public Health Education in the African American Community: The Role of the Black Church in Eliminating Health Disparities
by Lena Butler-Flowers
The African American community is facing a health crisis. We are in a predicament in which excessive eating is the order of the day. This overindulgence of food has caused obesity, infant mortality, hypertension, heart failure, diabetes, kidney disease/failure, cardiovascular disease, and eventual death. The purpose of this book is to build public awareness of the health crisis facing the black community, develop a health education model suitable for use in large and small groups that would serve to improve diet and exercise in at-risk individuals and promote the establishment of Faith and Health initiates in the local church.
About the Author
Lena Butler-Flowers was born in Coahoma, Mississippi. She moved to Georgia to attend Turner Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Lena is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, where she served as a pastor for eight years. She also served as a public educator for more than twenty-five years. Lena’s career was shortened due to a health crisis in her life that caused early retirement. Lena felt the need to write this book to inform other African Americans of the health crisis they face and share possible means of elimination. This book will also inform the reader on how to form a faith and health partnership.
(2013, Paperback, 78 pages)