The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, heeds the call of our communities and will join the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
The Alzheimer’s Association has identified an emerging public health crisis among African Americans — the Silent Epidemic of Alzheimer’s Disease. Their report brings together for the first time an accumulating body of evidence about the scope and nature of Alzheimer’s disease in African Americans. Each study is important on its own, but only when put together does the magnitude of the crisis become clear.
Among the findings from research highlighted in their report :
- Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent among African-Americans than among whites — with estimates ranging from 14% to almost 100% higher;
- There is a greater familial risk of Alzheimer’s in African-Americans; and
- Genetic and environmental factors may work differently to cause Alzheimer’s disease in African-Americans.
Scientists are at a vital juncture in research. Advances in genetics and imaging, combined with our increased understanding of the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s, provide immense opportunities to examine the disease in African-Americans in ways that would not have been possible even five years ago.
Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the National Black Church Initiative says, “We are immensely excited about joining the fight against Alzheimer’s it is ravishing our normal and faith-based communities. I will authorize some 25,000 Churches in the first year of this fight to begin to provide baseline education about this devastating disease that is robbing us of the History of the Black Church because most of our history is oral. As well as our most senior and valuable members. Before this fight has ended we would have enlisted over 150,000 Black Churches in the areas of education, literature, culturally sensitive material, research, clinical trials and disease management. We look forward to partnering with all the Alzheimer’s Associations in this country and across the world.”
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino Churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, Churches and the public. Our methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science.