May 20, 2024

CHL first of all established a community of 50 Black church buildings in 5 primary towns – together with New York – and grew to 120 church buildings throughout 13 states. The good fortune of this system is targeted at the established order of a network fitness group of workers within the Black church. In its first yr, CHL hosted over 2,200 occasions, administering over 90,000 COVID-19 exams and vaccinations via its church buildings. 

Select Wholesome Existence used to be based by way of Debra Fraser-Howze and is founded off the extremely a hit style she created whilst on the Nationwide Black Management Fee on AIDS, a company she based to handle the AIDS epidemic in Black communities with the standard strengthen of network leaders together with Hazel Dukes, President of the New York State NAACP. 

CHL Founder Debra Fraser-Howze stated, “Other people stay asking ‘When are we going again to standard?’ and I say, ‘we aren’t going again to standard we died in standard.’ We’re extraordinarily thankful to the public-private partnerships which were established to strengthen Select Wholesome Existence which has actually turn out to be a countrywide motion. With out the strengthen of the Governor, the State of New York and our company companions together with Quest Diagnostics, we’d now not be ready to handle fitness fairness in our communities.” 

As a founding sponsor, the Quest Diagnostics Basis equipped monetary strengthen to ascertain CHL’s church-based network fitness group of workers.  As well as, Quest Diagnostics has donated diagnostic checking out and different products and services to CHL, together with COVID-19 sources and now preventive care and wellness checking out to strengthen the underserved Black network. 

Quest Diagnostics CEO-elect Jim Davis stated, “We noticed firsthand the disproportionate affect COVID-19 had at the Black network and the huge fitness inequities it unveiled. We’re proud to construct on our collaboration with Select Wholesome Existence to assist save lives and reinforce the fitness of the Black network. Our function is to increase get entry to to fitness care sources to handle key disparities that experience impacted Black communities for too lengthy.” 

In November 2020, Select Wholesome Existence established the Nationwide Black Clergy Well being Management Council to assist information this system. Rev. Butts III and Rev. Sharpton co-chair the Council which contains Rev. DeGraff and U.S. Senator Rev. Raphael Warnock who leads the paintings in Atlanta. Along with New York and Atlanta, this system is established in church buildings in Detroit (Rev. Horace Sheffield, New Future Christian Fellowship), Newark (Rev. David Jefferson, Metropolitan Baptist) and Washington, D.C. (Rev. Frank Tucker, First Baptist Church) 

CHL has introduced in combination native United Means businesses below the United Means of New York Town which serves because the implementation spouse for Select Wholesome Existence. The church buildings and the businesses paintings collaboratively with native fitness departments, hospitals and community-based organizations to verify get entry to to a lot wanted fitness products and services. 

United Means of New York Town Period in-between CEO Eric McDonnell stated, “This investment is significant to our paintings in resolving racial inequities and disparities in healthcare. Other people of colour have been toughest hit by way of the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping a gentle at the want for essential fitness sources on the network stage. Operating with our town’s Black church buildings and clergy, we’ve established a relied on supply for COVID-19 checking out and vaccinations inside our communities and can proceed to assist us train, tell, and recommend for the well-being of other folks of colour right here in our network.”