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“Mobilizing the faith

community for diabetes

Renee Frazier, FACHE, and
MHS control”
CEO Healthy Memphis Common Table
CDC Diabetes Translation Conference, April 2011
Mission and Vision


To Mobilize Greater
Memphis to
Achieve Excellent
Health For All

Adopted September 2009

 Who We Are…

• The only Regional Health Improvement and Health Care

Collaborative for Memphis and Shelby County

• We have a 17 Member Board which includes Business

Leaders, Doctors, Nurses, and other Professionals

• Started in 2003 as part of the leading organization for

shaping America’s Youth
◦ Focus on Diabetes and Childhood Obesity

Nonprofit, 501(c)3


 What We Do…
• Promote healthy lifestyle change

• Preventative care messaging to the general public

• Consumer friendly health and quality public reports

• Environmental policies which focus on health

Focus Area
 How We Define What We Do…

• Big “H” - Community Wide Health Improvement

◦ Focus on policy, environmental, and system changes which improve the health of the entire community
◦ Individual behavior changes

• Little “h” - Health Care Quality and Delivery System Focus

◦ Focus is on public reporting, quality initiative, equity in care, and care outcomes which impact individual
◦ Individual behavior changes

Diabetes for Life: Project Purpose

 The overarching purpose of the Diabetes for

Life (DFL) project is…
o To establish and institutionalize strategies
within Memphis Healthy Churches (MHC),
and medical community to control or reduce
associated conditions or complications from
diabetes, among the target African American
 Shelby County Health Ranking
• Health Outcomes are the primary rating used to rank the overall health of counties. The county ranked number 1 is
considered the healthiest county in the state

Source: 7

 Shelby County Health Ranking

• Focus on Improving Health of Shelby County
◦ 906,000+ people in Shelby County
◦ 51% African American, 41% White, 8% Other

• CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Survey:

◦ Latest ratings has TN #3 in the Nation for Obesity:
Increases other health issues like diabetes, heart
disease, cancer, and hypertension; also increases
healthcare cost

• Lifestyle issues which impact our health



 Diabetes in Memphis, TN

• The prevalence of diabetes in Shelby County has been

consistently higher than national averages, ranging
between 9.1 and 9.5 percent compared to national rates
of around 8.5 percent. In 2008, the number jumped to
11.9 percent

• Mortality rates for heart disease, stroke and diabetes

among African-Americans in Shelby County are
significantly higher than national rates
 Diabetes in Memphis, TN

• In the 2007 Memphis Healthy Churches wellness survey, 72.6

percent of the survey respondents had BMIs above 25
(overweight/obese) and 41.6 percent had BMIs above 30 (obese)

• Tennessee residents in general, including those in Shelby County,

demonstrate high rates of various behavioral risk factors that
contribute to diabetes

• Obesity rates in Shelby County have exceeded national averages

for many years
The Role of the Faith Community
• Memphis Healthy Churches(MHC) is a 100 member
outreach program targeting African Americans at risk
for health disparities

• MHC offers training to lay volunteers at participating

churches to provide education and linkages to
services for congregation members at risk for
developing diabetes and related complications

• MHC serves as the primary resource for community

outreach and identification of eligible project
• Evidence-based chronic disease self- management
patient education

• Access to diet and exercise programs

• Case management support for high needs patients

• Patient-centered communication provider education

Reneé Frazier

3175 Lenox Park Blvd,

Ste. 309
Memphis, TN 38115