HEALTH AND WELLNESS
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.
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.
2 Program Tiers
Tier 1: Culturally Responsive ECE Summit
Tier 2: Self-paced Online Training
"Good for Me!" Program
Good for Me! is a culturally relevant health and wellness program that promotes healthy nutrition and fitness for Black families and their children. Our simple and easy-to-implement curriculum allows parents, teachers, and caregivers to introduce new and healthier ways of living to young children to support them in developing healthy, sustainable habits starting as early as the age of three.
100% of parents agreed that Good for Me! positively impacted their lives and their children’s lives.
99% of participating site staff reported Good for Me! increased participants’ engagement in physical activity.
96% of participating site staff reported that Good for Me! increased children’s consumption of fruits and vegetables and a decrease in the consumption of fast food and soda
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.
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.
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Share Your Vax Story
BCDI-Atlanta is collecting personal stories to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and end the pandemic! Please fill in this form, as BCDI-Atlanta would love to share your story about why YOU got vaccinated. We will share and tag you and/or your organization on social media. You may choose to submit a photo and/or a video.