For two years, the world has been dealing with COVID, and many lessons have been learned. One lesson learned is the need for people and communities to play essential roles in developing and sharing easily understood information that is simple for people to act on.
Consequently, the BACH Community Health Institute (BACH-CHI) has been created to support physical and mental well-being by aiding people and communities, via the institute’s resources and coordination, in a) maintaining and improving health, b) preventing the spread of infectious diseases, and c) promoting the awareness and utilization of resiliency/protective factors.; thus, the institute's mission is "to train and aid community members in sharing health information and resources to get people and communities to act."
In late August (2022), BACH-CHI started its first project. The Health Resources and Services Administration funds the project through our partner Outreach Global Group (OGG). The project has three areas of focus:
Three community partners in New Orleans and two in Baton Rouge will be given $20,000 dollars (from September 2022 to October 2023) to support this project's three focus areas. The $20,000 community partners are the following (click logos at the bottom of the page - "Partners", to learn more about them and others):
The ACT-123 podcast will tackle community health issues like COVID (and other health matters), trauma, and disaster preparedness. The sessions will provide clear 1-2-3 messaging to aid people in making decisions that optimize the potential for wellness. The bi-monthly sessions will feature host - public and mental health practitioner Dr. Micheal L. Benjamin-Robinson; co-host - community advocate J. Christopher; and BACH-CHI Champion and recurring special guest -
health educator to the people and Louisiana's community medicine expert Dr. Eric Griggs, MD.
BACH-CHI (and project funder - OGG) will provide select training and resources to identified and interested stakeholders and community members on various topics related to community health work and community health matters (e.g., COVID, Monkeypox, chronic health conditions, trauma, health communication, and disaster preparedness). Contact Us if you are interested in these opportunities and resources.