R.A.P.H.A., Health Inc. was founded by Rev. Dr. Miriam J. Burnett to educate and inform faith and community-based organizations on:
- Assessing the incidence and prevalence of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer in a given geographical area
- Assessing the impact (physical, socio-economic, spiritual, emotional) of SA, HIV and diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and other health concerns on the community to make curriculum relevantinstruction on the incorporation of HIV/AIDS prevention, health promotion and education, including disaster preparedness strategies into the community many other health-related topics including HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
The goal of R.A.P.H.A., Health Inc. is to raise awareness and provide means to initiate and increase dialogue about issues affecting our communities. As we pursue optimal health, how we educate the masses becomes an appropriate question. Health education and health promotion are the means by which we attempt to achieve our goal, especially as it relates to the discussion of healthcare, access and utilization. The overall goal of health education is to effect informed voluntary behavioral changes. The primary goal of health promotion is the use of environmental and social systems to effect and individual or group behavioral change. Although both health education and health promotion encompass many aspects of life, health promotion activities are more inclined to specifically, rather than generally address areas such as public policy, economics, education, community based programs and the efforts of varying organizations
R.A.P.H.A. Health Inc. links people to needed personal health services and assists and identifies the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable. We educate communities on how to identify resources available both locally and regionally on:
- HIV Screening & HIV/AIDS Treatment
- High Blood Pressure Screening
- Diabetes Testing
- Cancer Screening and Prevention
- Mental Health Awareness
- Provide training and technical assistance for the development of or expansion of health ministries and programs using individualized and general multimedia, publications and on-site opportunities.
- Grant writing, development and management.
- Development and management of research protocols.
- Program evaluation.
- Networking of churches, faith-based organizations, community organizations, academic institutions and governmental agencies
- Organization of health fairs, health screenings and programming to address health issues and concerns that impact urban and rural communities, especially those of color.
- Creation of or expansion of programs and initiatives that target Health Disparities, notably, HIV/AIDS, Diabetes, Hypertension, Mental Health, Cardiovascular Disease and Cancers