ACT on Alzheimer's St. Paul African American Faith Community

About Our ACT Community

The St. Paul African-American Faith Community ACTion Team launched in 2014 with members Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Camphor United Methodist Church, and St. James A.M.E. Church, as well as other representatives from the faith community, the African-American community, and the St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT (SPN ACT) team. In predominantly African-American churches in St. Paul, work being done by health ministry teams to address health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the African-American community has now moved to building awareness about the disproportionate number of Ramsey County African-Americans who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Snapshot of Activities

  • Hosted several “Alzheimer’s Sundays” awareness events at area churches.
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Lead Agency, hosts an annual Alzheimer’s Awareness and Education Sunday, holds quarterly Senior Lunches on Alzheimer’s Awareness and Education, distributes caregiver information and works to make Alzheimer’s awareness and education equitable and inclusive.
  • Camphor United Methodist Church’s activities include informing youth about Alzheimer’s and engaging them in activities and providing caregiver support through home visits, counseling, fun activities.
  • Rev. Thomas (Camphor United Methodist Church) meets with West Africans after worship once a month to discuss health topics and to check in. Rev. Thomas also makes a monthly home visit and/or phone call to West African seniors and their families.

Resources, News and Events

Materials

Learn about Alzheimer's Sundays

Action Community Team Contact 

Vanne Owens Hayes
vanneoh@comcast.net