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Portrait of Four Smiling Black African American People Standing Outside a Church With Their Bibles

via BlackDoctor:

Many of us from the Generation X and Y era can remember a time when Black churches used to do everything for the community: clothing drives, visit the sick, feed the homeless, help with careers, give scholarships, etc. But over the past couple of decades, many have steered away from the church, citing that they are out of touch or that the church “doesn’t speak” to their needs. Well, the First Ladies from churches all across the country have decided to step up to that challenge and bring to life what you’ve always heard in church

With a focus on the diseases that affect African Americans most (heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, etc) and an intent raising awareness on HIV/AIDS, African-American pastors’ wives from various churches report making major inroads in encouraging people to get life-saving screenings.

Just recently, the First Ladies Health Initiative succeeded in getting more than 1,250 community residents to get free screenings for HIV in a single day at churches in Chicago and Northwest Indiana at its Health Day this year alone—-a record for faith-based organizations.

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