In Action

St. Stephen’s COGIC

April 3, 2016

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Bishop George McKinney welcomes us to his congregation and gives us the opportunity to promote our project. Thank you to Drs. Rodney Hood, Jim Dudl and Stanley Tillinghast for joining us at this inspirational service. The congregation highlighted the legacy of César Chávez, whose birthday had just passed. One of the children demonstrated how laborers were forced to use a short-handled hoe before the legendary leader worked to ban it from the fields.

Heart Health Champions Meet

March 28, 2016

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This is our second meeting of the Heart Health Champions and our pastors. Our participants are starting to know each other and to build trust. Several pastors and their parishioners ask direct questions as to why doctors do something a certain way, like choosing certain prescriptions. Without hesitation, some doctors stand up and answer. These exchanges are insightful for everyone on hand. “What just happened here,” one doctor says, underscoring the power of a patient questioning her physician, “does not happen.” It does here and now we all have to work to make sure it happens in consultation rooms across our region.

Project New Village honors César Chavez

March 26, 2016

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Project New Village hosted a celebration of the legacy of César Chavez at its beautiful community garden. The celebration included commendations for a long-time neighborhood activist who has volunteered for decades to clean up and maintain the community. Thank you to Diane Moss, from our project team, for the invitation to this celebration.

It all begins with fun walk

March 19, 2016

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"Taking Care of the Heart God Gave You" is the theme of Immanuel Christian Chapel’s heart-healthy action plan. Today’s meeting starts out with a “prayer walk” around the neighborhood. A nutritionist, Ms. Drucilla Byars, then joins the team and gives a talk on how our bodies digest food and how some types of foods damage our health. Participants then have their blood pressure and weight checked. Finally, everyone enjoys a healthy lunch and fellowship.

Evening with friends – and a message

Feb. 17, 2016

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At South Encanto Baptist Church, Mrs. Rose Caeser leads a healthy eating class. Participants focus on one topic, such as learning how to read nutritional labels, check their blood pressure and enjoy a sampling of the healthy food prepared by Mrs. Caesar. Fun is served throughout the evening.

Heart Health Champions Kick-Off

Feb. 2, 2016

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Our project consists of two communities working to reduce heart attacks and strokes in Southeastern San Diego. Today, a group of doctors interested in this goal met for the first time, with our faith partners in the room. The doctors spoke about their background and what brought them to the table. We hope they will be joining us in our journey to heal the community.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Breakfast

Jan. 18, 2016

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We announced our project during this great community event, attended by Mayor Kevin Faulconer and many other leaders. And we also unveiled our video. Virtually all TV media covered this breakfast – and broadcast our message of prevention. Thank you to all of the pastors, led by Rev. Gerald Brown, who gave interviews, as well as Dr. Nora Faine.

Town Hall: ‘Racism: Let the Cure Begin’

Dec. 1, 2015

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We made history. To our knowledge, there’s never been a discussion in San Diego quite like the one we co-hosted, along with the Multicultural Health Foundation. In the afternoon, the pastors in our project gathered at Total Deliverance Worship Center to share stories about our work with Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, considered the nation’s leading voice on the effects of racism and health, and other local and state experts. In the evening, we opened the conversation to hundreds more in a town hall meeting, including the San Diego police chief, and leaders in health, government and philanthropy. The speakers shared information that was eye-opening and thoughtful, and the comments from the audience were heartfelt. One consensus emerged: We need to tackle racism in health once and for all. “The time for talk is over,” said our emcee, the great Cecil Steppe, at the end of the night. “Now is the time for doing.”

Visit to Garden of Prayer Church

Nov. 22, 2015

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Thank you to Pastor Olando Curtis Harris, Sr., and his family for welcoming us to their community breakfast. We’re looking forward to working with his congregation.

Entire team joins Sunday service

Sept. 5, 2015

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The entire Be There San Diego team, including our friends at the county, attended the Sunday service at the Total Deliverance Worship Center. Our group included medical students who can get a glimpse of what’s possible when the faith and clinical communities come together. Thank you to Bishop William A. Benson and Lady Rachelle Y. Benson for opening up your home and hearts to us.

Introduction and Invitation

Aug. 24, 2015

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Elizabeth Bustos and Rev. Gerald Brown introduced the Southeastern San Diego Cardiac Disparities Project to pastors from across the region at a meeting at Bethel Seminary San Diego. They answered lots of questions. There’s interest and skepticism – and hope.

Heart Attack and Stroke Free Zone Summit

July 27, 2015

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Thank you to Rev. Brown for sharing his personal story and our project’s goals at the annual summit of Be There San Diego. The keynote speaker was Dr. Janet Wright, the executive director of the Million Hearts initiative. We unveiled our card that individuals can use to pledge to “Be There” for the special people in their life.

Special Day at Immanuel Christian Church

July 11, 2015

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Thank you Pastor Clarice Christian for sharing this beautiful celebration with us, and for allowing Rev. Brown and Elizabeth Bustos to promote our project. Afterward, we had the opportunity to share heart-healthy information with the women of the congregation at a fair. It’s always great to hear personal stories.

Juneteenth Celebration

June 19, 2015

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We introduced our project at this great community celebration at the George Stevens Senior Center. The event gave us an opportunity to share our prevention message with the news media, as well. The Black Nurses of San Diego provided health screenings. Thank you to Ms. Rosemary Pope for opening up her home and heart to us.