reach & teach health ministRY
In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Dear Black People, Community Members and Partners, .
African American Reach and Teach Health Ministry (AARTH) is a non-religious 501c3 faith-based capacity building nonprofit organization, established to respond to HIV/AIDS and other major health issues affecting people of African descent. Eighteen years ago, Mary Diggs Hobson and her son Reginald Diggs, who has since passed, founded AARTH with this mission in mind.
AARTH’s board of directors and staff would like to take time to reach out to our resilient African American community in this time of pronounced struggle.
Tragically, the novel Coronavirus, known as COVID-19, has disproportionately affected black and brown people at alarming rates: unveiling social and racial injustice, health inequities, and systemic structural racism; our community comprising 50%-80% of COVID deaths in some areas of the United States.
The deaths of Brenna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony Mcdade and countless other murders demonstrates multiple examples of the sad truth: that America is far from that shinning city on a hill that offers liberty and justice for all. Their murders at the hands of police officers represents endemic social injustice, deep seeded hatred and hardness of hearts. This truth has been laid bare for the world to see.
Worldwide protests against police violence are a testament of our community's and our allies’ commitment to social justice and systemic reform.
AARTH remains steadfast in our efforts to address racial inequities in systems, policies, and culture and that mission will never waver. Black
people are reeling from COVID-19 and its devastating effects on our community. The weight of Black death adds to a profound grief that has festered for centuries. Black people are weary, we are traumatized, we are angry, we are numb, we are impassioned, we are resilient, and we need to recognize this. The daily trauma under which we are suffering can have even more detrimental long-term effects on our physical and emotional wellbeing. AARTH encourages all people who are affected by social and historical trauma to take time to pray, reach out to loved ones, meditate, craft, journal, write, draw, say no, quiet your mind. In times such as these we need that self-care; communally most of all.
AARTH has a broad scope of educational practices to influence social justice and health equity. AARTH engages the Black community and our allies with programs that address: chronic disease self-management, mental health, senior health, and HIV/AIDS. More information may be found on our website at www.aarth.org.
In closing we want to leave you with a quote from Alain Locke, the first Black Rhodes Scholar 1907.
AARTH Board & Staff
AFRICAN AMERICANS REACH AND TEACH HEALTH (AARTH) is a non-religious 501c3 faith-based capacity building nonprofit organization, established to respond to HIV/AIDS and other major health issues affecting people of African descent.
AARTH Ministry was established in September 2002 to help bridge the gap in health inequities by providing social/behavioral health education and training capacity building services to faith, health and social service institutions that serve people of African descent.
AARTH Programming and Services are all provided with a focus on culturally relevant education and training. Through advocacy and support services, AARTH works to respond to the different health issues impacting Black Americans and all people of African descent. Join us at one of our trainings, or volunteer with us today!
Rev. Mary Diggs-Hobson
Co-founder & out going Executive Director
Linda Chastine, BSW
HIV Program Coordinator
Judith Karia RN, RM, MPH
Incoming Executive Director
Dedra Barrow, MPH