The EmPOWERED To Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU Grantees are Transforming Their Communities!

The EmPOWERED TO Serve Urban Health Accelerator – HBCU program was featured recently on the online show #RolandMartinUnfiltered.  Representatives from the two schools who received American Heart Association grants shared their updates on how they are having an impact in their communities and are already changing lives.

Johnson C. Smith University is in the planning stages of their “Grow with the Green” project, which is a

Grow with Greens Garden.

A Grow with Greens garden, part of Johnson C. Smith University’s funded project.

student run project aimed at addressing food insecurity and economic development in Charlotte’s Historic West End. They are also developing partnerships with Atrium Health, The Bulb, Loaves and Fishes and Bruns Elementary that will help “Grow with the Green” make practical, sustainable solutions for the over 162,000 residents living with food insecurity.“Grow with the green is really about working hand in hand with the community to take control of a narrative that has long escaped us – food sovereignty! We are a resilient community with all intentions to reshape our destinies towards a healthier and more sustainable food future,” said Johnson C. Smith University’s Dr. Otienoburu.

Thumper visits happy campers!

Thumper visits happy campers at WSSU’s Ram’s Fitness Academy!

Winston-Salem State University is focusing their grant dollars on the

“Rams Fitness Academy.” So far, they have engaged over 90 families in orientations and had over 80 campers enrolled in the 6-week session. Camp activities include healthy cooking classes, visits to the library, education opportunities and even a visit from the AHA’s “Thumper!” Click here for a quick news clip on all they have done already!

These programs are helping to remove the barriers of health in the communities around these HBCUs and we can’t wait to continue to see the results. Check back regularly for updates around this vital work. Check out the interview from #RolandMartinUnfiltered here!