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ORAU’s CHRIS Program Reaches Communities to Eliminate Health Disparities

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Many public health messages need to be customized based on an array of factors, including age, gender, ethnicity, and health disparities. By developing targeted public health messages, individuals and the communities in which they live are empowered with the knowledge, resources, and tools to effect change in their lives and improve their health and well-being.

Through the Consumer Health Resource Information Service (CHRIS) program—an initiative administered ORAU and funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM)—we are empowering churches and other faith-based organizations to eliminate health disparities.

Promoting collaboration among participating churches and other local, state, and national community service organizations, CHRIS effectively disseminates reliable culturally-specific consumer health information and provides core health-related services.

CHRIS has been embraced by 21 Tennessee churches serving more than 2,100 African Americans and Hispanics. Of these churches, 24 percent received first-time Internet connections—a previously unattainable resource due to cost barriers, but now a source of empowerment.

As the first faith-based program to address multiple health disparities, including HIV/AIDS, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and more, CHRIS has also resulted in more than 40 health screening events.

Members testify to their enhanced knowledge and improved health practices.

For more information, including health information training for CHRIS program coordinators, please see:

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