April is National Minority Health Month, an annual observance aimed at shedding light on the persistent health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minority populations. This year’s theme, “Be the Source for Better Health: Improving Health Outcomes Through Our Cultures, Communities, and Connections,” focuses on understanding how social determinants of health impact minority health outcomes. 


At some point in everyone’s life, they will serve as a caregiver or require caregiving. Family caregiving can be a stressful and challenging responsibility. American Black Journal’s “Black Church in Detroit” series looks at the efforts of the Black church to provide resources, referrals and respite for family caregivers.

Host Stephen Henderson speaks with Dr. Marilyn French Hubbard, project manager for the Detroit Family Caregivers’ Project, and Rev. Dr. Georgia Hill, pastor of LifeChurch Riverside, about their experiences as caregivers and how faith communities can develop cultures and communities of care. 

Dr. Hubbard discusses the mission of the Detroit Family Caregivers’ Project — a three-year initiative funded by the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation — and how it is working to create caregiving ministries in Detroit churches. The project focuses on preparation, planning and preventing crisis, as well as the importance of self-care and encouraging families to have conversations about death and dying.   

Plus, Rev. Hill discusses the foundational connection between caregiving and Christianity and the church’s role in helping to provide resources and a network of professionals to aid caregivers.

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Watch American Black Journal on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Detroit Public TV, WTVS-Channel 56.