About the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative

The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative (SDFI) is a national program of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. The SDFI is a 5-state faith-based project designed to expand access and utilization of the CDC’s PREVENT T2 program. Hosted by The Balm In Gilead’s local faith partners, the SDFI supports and encourage communities and individuals to live healthier in mind, body and spirit.

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Who We Are

The Balm In Gilead develops educational and training programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention.

The Balm In Gilead is known for its insightful understanding of religious cultures and values and extraordinary ability to build strong, trusted partnerships with faith communities. The Balm In Gilead has been entrusted to build the capacity of national faith structures to utilize their existing relationships to deliver comprehensive health services.

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The Hill Op-Ed

Representatives from the Balm In Gilead, Inc., including members of the Conference of National Black Churches and other faith and community leaders serving African American populations, are meeting this week with members of Congress to address what has become a silent epidemic in communities nationwide.

More than three million Americans are estimated to be living with hepatitis C and as many as three-quarters of them do not know they are carrying the disease. Hepatitis C—a virus that attacks the liver—is the leading cause of liver cancer and is responsible for more deaths each year than HIV.