The Force for Health® & Alphas Launch
to Advance the Dream Together
The Force for Health® Network is honored and humbled to work with some select Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Chapters across the Southwest region, for a new, custom-built, national health, civics and STEAM-based program specifically designed to:
- Help sustain the DREAM, legacy and impacts that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made in this world
- Promote happier and healthier citizenship for communities that care
- Build fellowship and leadership skills while creating community impacts on issues important to its mission
- Involve participants in creating digital media and content to better prepare for an information technology based workforce
- Impact minority health disparities and outcomes within a single generation
- Increase pathways for participants into community health worker pipeline opportunities
- Promote intergenerational mentorship opportunities
- Promote fun and healthy competition by gamifying and rewarding healthy citizenship engagement outcomes
- Create new, sustainable, and “easy to execute” campaigns that will generate new revenue streams
Main Contact: Josh Williams, National Project Director
Programs Offered: 10 week programs – 2021 Spring
Cost: Basic Level Programs are FREE with *Premier offerings between $5 – $99/year
*100% net proceeds will benefit the various hosting LEAGUE partners.
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Why a Force for Health Project Now?
Snapshot of Current Health Disparities
Recently, there has been uptick of younger (35 – 49 yrs) African Americans getting sick from diseases that are more prevalent in older age group (50-64 yrs), which is worth concern and call to action now. Yes, individual decisions play a large role, but so do the Social Determinants of Health, so it will take a highly coordinated and collaborative approach to educate our citizens and civic leaders to this alarming trend to start reversing this rate back down as quickly as possible.
Did you know?
African Americans are at highest risk for the top 5 health conditions that cause sickness and even death, starting with babies…
As babies – Infant mortality rates are 2.5 times higher than all other races, regardless of income ( https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2019-08-01/black-babies-at-highest-risk-of-infant-mortality
Stroke – Risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for African Americans as for white Caucasians, and African Americans have the highest rate of death due to stroke (source: https://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm)
Diabetes – African American have the second highest diabetes rates, behind Native Americans and Pacific Islanders
Heart Disease – More than twice as likely to die from heart disease than other whites and hispanics
Cancer – African Americans are have highest incident rates of lung and prostate cancer, along with the highest death rates, adding breast cancer death rates, as wellcauses
Force for Health® Intern Projects to Demonstrate Why This May Be the Case
We all can be the FORCE for CHANGE...
but it starts with owning your own health now,
then working with others to challenge the inequities
that are affecting health outcomes for ALL Americans
The goals of the program will be:
- Challenge participants to be proactive about their own health now, with access to free resources and health tracking tools
- Connect interested participants with community learning and impact engagement projects designed to build leadership and management skills, and add to their resume or portfolio of deliverables
- Incentivize engagement by gamifying activities into a Healthy LEAGUE Challenge, with an opportunity for prizes and recognition within the Force for Health® Network
- Increase access and exposure to multiple health and science-based population health and impact based professional pipeline development
- Create measurable impacts and health outcomes collaboratively
- Develop a new, sustainable revenue stream that is easy and fun to execute
- Help build a replicable and scalable model that can grow into a National Program, then shared with other Divine Nine members who want to follow
Upcoming Timelines for 2020
January 15, 2020
Strategic Initiative Announcement
Josh Williams to confirm pilot with APA for the Force for Health Advance the Dream Project
January 26-27, 2020
Launch Training & Support
Provide training and support for launch teams during the Southern Regional Conference in Lafayette, LA
February 1 - March 30, 2020
Building out the first Virtual MLK Marchethon
It’s Prep and Test Time!
Activating the 50 Mile Selma Marchethon Challenge – During this period, select participants will be learning and earning points, as they use various methods to activate the Advance the Dream Virtual Marchethon, a Pokemon-like game with custom “ForceFields”, strategically placed throughout participating communities that will help tell the stories behind this historic event.
Main role for participating APA chapters and other phase 1 partners – use the app and engage with the program with a critical eye, so they can help us continue and build for the fall event, which will have more of a fundraising focus.
March 6-7, 2020
Stop and Assess at the SE Regional Meeting in Shreport, LA
Attend the March Southwest Regional in Shreport, LA.
Will include focus group, feedback review, and additional support for initial APA Chapters and participants. Modify as needed and prepare for fall’s 50 Point Marchethon
April - July 2020
Recruit Fall Participating Chapters
This will be the period dedicated to growing the participating Alpha Chapters for the fall event.
June 7, 2020
Southwest APA Region holds Executive Roundtable focused on Men’s Health
“Responding TO COVID-19 AND ITS IMPACT ON THE AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE POPULATION
July 6 - July 31, 2020
You Do Matter, a non-profit based in LA, focused on connecting 4th – 12th grade teens with technology and empowerment programs, goes National through the Force for Health™ Network, launching a 5 week virtual summer STEAM² Camp Experience, with special focus on Advance the DREAM Module
This 4 week innovative program offers fun-filled project based learning with incentives for rising 4th through 12th grade students.
Each week, STEAM campers jump into action, participating in exciting STEAM projects, Becoming a Force for Health, advocacy literacy with technology, advancing your health literacy, community resiliency and concluding with their own invention or final IDEAS project to be presented to their community as their final project.
Our campers have the opportunity to expand their horizons during the summer, embarking on new adventures, and having fun! Our exceptional program and dedicated staff create an environment that forges lifelong friendships among our campers. We create a summer experience which us both history making and unforgettable!
August 28 - Oct 31, 2020
It’s Game Time…& Fun Raising Time!
Create the Advance the Dream Virtual Marchethon Challenge
Prepare to launch on Dr. KIng’s birthday for Spring 2021 to activate the nation to advance their health, knowledge of the civil rights movement, and find personal and community ways to keep the dream alive! Detail to come!
During the month of November, Advance the DREAM Project will be recruiting TEAMS and leaders to participate in the 2021 MOVE-LEARN-EARN Challenge, which kicks off on January 15, 2020.