African American juveniles today face many challenges that result in poor decisions and lead to high-risk behavior
There are many challenges to providing appropriate health care to our youth. African American children growing up poor are at greater risk of disrupted physiological functioning and depressed academic achievement as well as chronic diseases.
The most common major chronic diseases of African American youth are:
Attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder
A variety of genetic and other birth defects
African American youth also struggle with high teen pregnancy rates, alcohol and drug addiction, as well as limited access to health care.
Support Is Important
The Balm In Gilead seeks to mobilize the faith community and raise awareness of the issues affecting Juvenile Wellness among African American Adolescents and Infants via the capacity development of African American congregations to become an integral partner in: