Courageous Conversations for Health Equity
Become a KindredCoach and Make a Difference
2020 is a year that will never be forgotten. Our community is suffering from two pandemics: COVID-19 and a nationwide awareness of racial injustice. These crises are taking a significant toll on our community physically, mentally, and spiritually.
Memorial Episcopal Church in Bolton Hill, Baltimore, MD (https://www.memorialboltonhill.org/) and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Diocese of Maryland in collaboration with the Union of Black Episcopalians invite you to become a Kindred Coach!
We are launching a new ministry called Kindred Coaches. Kindred Coaches™ will encourage Courageous Conversations on an individual level and in group activities.
The goals of this ministry are to address health inequities and healthcare disparities within communities of color within the Diocese of Maryland, primarily in Baltimore and surrounding areas.
Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthy. Health equity is the ethical and human rights principle that motivates us to eliminate health disparities.
Health disparities refer to a higher burden of illness, including stress, obesity, diabetes, depression, hypertension. Disparities cause premature disability and death, which are seen at higher levels in communities of color.
KindredCoaches™ Mission Statement
Kindred Coaches™ is a diverse and inclusive volunteer community of translators, justice warriors, guides, and guardian angels. Kindred Coaches™ are trained peer coaches who engage the Baltimore and surrounding communities in ‘courageous conversations’ to uncover YOUR personal potential.
You CAN outperform your personal health history and family’s health legacy. This means less depression, less stress, better and sustained control blood pressure and diabetes. It means better overall wellness and more emotional and spiritual self-care.
Kindred Coaches™ support development of mindsets and tools which inspire, enable and entitle individuals to expand their thinking; to trust and develop skills to be an equal partner in managing personal health and the health of your family in an increasingly dynamic unpredictable health care environment.
Kindred Coaches™ will help you develop a more active role in your relationship with your health care provider and the health care system through self-reflection and hard/courageous conversations with yourself and your health care provider. Kindred Coaches™ work to achieve health equity and reduce health care disparities.
How KindredCoaching Works
COVID-19 has highlighted what public health professionals have documented for decades. There are marked differences in occurrence of medical conditions, access to health care, severity of illness and premature death in the United States. African Americans are disproportionally impacted by COVID-19 as well as several co-occurring conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Access to quality mental health services for depression, anxiety and stress are extremely limited or simply not openly discussed in our community or even with our health care providers.
Kindred Coaches program provides resources, skills and support needed to create sustainable personal positive changes in your wellness. After your training as a peer Kindred Coach, you will share your learnings through coaching others. We all rise together! While most people think better health and wellness is simply a matter of willpower, the reality is that being prepared and supported is just as important. This is what coaching is all about!