The Force for Health® & Alphas Launch
to Advance the Dream & Go BEYOND Together
The Force for Health® Network has spent the past year working with select Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Chapters across the Southwest and western region, for a new, custom-built, national health, civics and STEAM-based program call Advance the Dream, and are now opening it up for everybody.
Our objectives include:
- 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: 12 week programs – February 1 – April 30, 2021
Cost: Join for FREE with our Advance the Dream Community BASICS or join a STEAM² TEAM at $49/year
*100% net proceeds will benefit the various hosting LEAGUE partners.
Check out our STEAM2 Ambassador News and Announcements
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
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
Take the first step to Advance the DREAM
Increase our Knowledge about African American History & the Social Determinants of Health
This video series challenge features student produced videos, working alongside national mentors and thought leaders.
Force for Health® Intern Projects to Demonstrate Why This May Be the Case
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
Timelines & Roadmap
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.
Launch 8 Week Pilot Program for select Alpha Leaders
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
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
Continue to work with leaders and partners to 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!
Details 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.
Recruiting kicks off on 1.18.21, with official season starting 2.1.21 through 4.30.21.
January 29, 2021
Special Activation Launch at APA Louisiana State Convention
The Force for Health® Network proudly sponsors up to 100 Alpha Phi Alpha Chapter and Alumni, starting with a state wide step challenge. Each participating member will receive a 12 month Ambassador’s Pack, which includes a personalized health risk assessment, unlimited access to BASICS and 360° Academy, Virtual Wellness Club, Community Builder and fundraising tools for some healthy, virtual, fun competition this spring.
Feb 1 - April 30
V.I.P. Community L.E.A.G.U.E.S.
The Force for Health® Network launches the Virtual Interactive Platforms for Community Leaders Engaged in Actions and Goals that Unify & Empower Societies.
Our systems are designed to connect and motivate all stakeholders in the community, from individuals to leaders, to MOVE, LEARN, SERVE & EARN in a fun, community competition.
Join for free with BASICS and connect to your favorite groups, or upgrade to an Ambassador or. STEAM2 TEAM Player to compete in the practice of healthier citizenship.
STEAM² TEAMS connect and prepare for their community impact & IDEAS Projects.
March 7 - March 21, 2021
Special tribute and fundraising period for participating STEAM² TEAMS with a 15 Day Virtual Marchethon Challenge, honoring the Selma March for voter rights.
We challenge everybody to join for free to walk 108K steps, which is equivalent to the 54 miles that the civil rights protesters marched back in 1965 to ensure voting rights in Alabama.
Or upgrade to a VIP Pass, for $49, which will deliver an entire year’s worth of access, resources and challenges that help support healthier citizenship and engagement for everybody, while giving back.
A percentage of net proceeds will benefit the hosting organization and the MLK Memorial Foundation.
May 1 - May 30, 2021
Regional Scholars’ Days – STEAM² TEAMS Sharing IDEAS and Highlights
Each STEAM2 TEAM will be judged for presentation, impacts and other key performance indicators, such as # of total team MOVE, LEARN, SERVE & EARN Points, to try an advance to nationals.
LEADERS in ACTION
This month is reserved for enhanced leader experiences, with national and global competition, award trips for qualifying STEAM² TEAMS.
Details to be announced in March.