Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Education in Christian Leadership (EdD)


Gary J. Bredfeldt


Disparities, Health, Wellness, Diabetes, Community


Public Health | Religion


Since the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an upswing in the lack of awareness concerning disparities and the lack of resources available in many of the neighborhoods in the Chicagoland area. The Washington Park and Bronzeville areas are two (2) communities among several others in the Chicago area that are considered to be low-income neighborhoods with minimal resources and an increasing concern of disparities. As a church in the community, it is vitally important we provide a place of hope and trust for people to come for help and refuge. Developing a service such as a health and wellness ministry can prove to be beneficial to the congregants and the community by providing information not otherwise received through regular circumstances. This praxis program is designed to assist churches in developing health ministries to address the disparities that exist in the community. The goal of this praxis pilot program was to help bridge the gap of disparities for the Washington Park and Bronzeville area and provide the community with information that is not being addressed by providing workshops to address major concerns within the community to dispel the disparities of health and lack of wellness in the area.