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Verna Laboy

Verna Laboy

Health Educator, Live Well by Faith Program

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Coronavirus and Columbia's Black Community: 'I Feel Like a Flood is Coming for the Vulnerable

Coronavirus and Columbia's Black Community: 'I Feel Like a Flood is Coming for the Vulnerable

Verna Laboy is a health educator for Columbia/Boone County Public Health & Human Services, and runs the Live Well by Faith program, a community-based health program that targets chronic health conditions through black churches.

The program supports health ministries at 17 black churches in the area by providing health programming, training and resources for people in the congregation, and leaders within each church help run programming and do data collection.

She spoke with Dee Campbell-Carter, a lifestyle coach for the program, about just a few of the ways the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is impacting the black community here in Columbia – and how they’re supporting one another.

'We're Bringing Public Health Out of the Bricks and Mortar of the Public Health Department'

'We're Bringing Public Health Out of the Bricks and Mortar of the Public Health Department'

Verna Laboy and Annabelle Simmons both work with Live Well By Faith, a community health program that targets chronic disease among African Americans in Boone County.

Verna has run the program since it was established by the Columbia/Boone County health department in 2016. The program supports health ministries at 17 black churches in the area by providing health programming, training and resources for people in the congregation, and leaders within each church help run programming and data collection.

Annabelle Simmons is a health lifestyle coach at St. Luke United Methodist Church, and they spoke about some of the more creative ways they try to inspire positive change within their church-based health ministries.

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