What We Do

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

- World Health Organization, 1948

BCDI-Atlanta promotes culturally relevant healthy nutrition and preventive care practices among families, by coordinating outreach, programs and activities to engage, educate, and empower.

Strength Within

Trauma Informed Care Support for Early Educators & Child Advocates


The Strength Within program provides professional development and coaching to early care and education family engagement staff who work in programs serving low-income families with young children ages 0-5.  The goal of Strength Within is to decrease the risk of mental health challenges for trauma-exposed children by providing evidenced-based and culturally responsive training for case workers, child care/school staff and others who interact with impacted families. The program will increase awareness of trauma informed practices, train and coach on how to mitigate its impact. BCDI- Atlanta focuses primarily on helping adults, who are responding to and supporting families impacted by traumatic stress. 


Workshops train caregivers on how to identify and address children’s exposure to traumatic events and support the promotion of safety and trust within the family sphere.  This comprehensive training also elevates the level of cultural awareness and responsiveness to better address the needs of children and adults who have faced adverse experiences.  

Strength Within Online Course completers will be offered an opportunity to further advance their knowledge and abilities through participation in Tier 3 of our Strength Within program - a mini-mester of professional coaching on trauma informed care. This offer will be automatically shared with Tier 2 online course completers to encourage a seamless progression to Tier 3.

This program is partially supported by United Way of Greater Atlanta.

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Atlanta Choose Healthy Life

COVID-19 Education, Testing & Vaccination

Choose Healthy Life (CHL) is a national response to the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black communities across the United States.


Atlanta Choose Healthy Life is an initiative to fortify community infrastructure in Atlanta and address the COVID-19 pandemic across Black communities. In partnership with United Way of Greater Atlanta and Ebenezer Baptist Church, BCDI-Atlanta facilitates the implementation of Atlanta CHL with a group of 10 total partner churches. 


The goals of CHL are to:

  • Strengthen local networks.

  • Increase long-term community resilience.

  • Save lives.


CHL leverages the power of the Black faith-based houses of worship – the most trusted and respected organization in the Black community – to expand access to COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, vaccines, and other health services in underserved communities. 


Regular testing is critical to addressing COVID-19 disparities in Black communities, which have been hard hit by the COVID crisis. African Americans are 3.5 times more likely to die of COVID than white people, and 7 times more likely to be hospitalized. Testing, even if you do not feel sick, is critical to stopping the spread. The CDC estimates that 40% of COVID-19 cases may be asymptomatic and may unknowingly spread the virus. As vaccinations increase, so will the asymptomatic spread of this deadly disease.

For upcoming testing and vaccination events, visit our Events page.


For more information about Atlanta CHL, contact our Atlanta CHL Program Coordinator at

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