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JOURNAL Winter 2017 s57 African Americans continue to have the highest incidence, prevalence, and mortality rates from chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, mental health, and HIV/AIDS, yet they contribute to only five percent of clinical trial participants in America. The first year of the award, which is from July 2017 to June 2018, totals $308,504. DREF is collaborating with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the National Council of Negro Women. Through their collaborative effort, the organizations will educate communities in 12 cities throughout the nation about the All of Us Research Program and how African Americans can impact health and wellness for their families, now and in generations to come. DREF is one of the first four national community partners selected to lead the national outreach effort to raise awareness about this transformative initiative. Volunteer coordinators (Priority Area Navigators) in the 12 designated communities are needed to facilitate the outreach campaign in their communities. The Research Matters awareness campaign will be conducted in Birmingham, Memphis, Nashville, New Orleans, Houston, Albuquerque, Durham, Greensboro (N.C.), Columbia (S.C.), Greenville (S.C), Portland, and Sacramento. To learn more about this opportunity, please visit www.deltafoundation. net. The All of Us Research Program—The Future of Health Begins With you. DTEC Making New Inroads The Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign recently received a $500,000 grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fund the Teachers Advocating to lead Great change (T.A.G.) Program. DTEC will present T.A.G. in partnership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The program is an extension of the advocacy prong of DTEC, and it will be a 24-month pilot program that will train 25 educators on ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and advocacy through six policy institutes. Only DTEC trained educators can serve as participants in the T.A.G. Program. There will be five DTEC educators selected from the following geographic areas: DC-MDVA, Dallas/Houston, Metro Atlanta, Central Florida, and Tennessee. The program will span two years, beginning October 2017 through September 30, 2019. If you reside in either of the five targeted areas and would like to learn more and/or become involved in the TAG initiative, please send an email to the program at DTEC-TAG@deltafoundation. net. DTEC was also invited by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, for the third consecutive year, to present a workshop at the Third Annual Professional Development Series held during the 47th Annual Legislative Conference. Held on September 20, 2017, the DTEC session was entitled: “Education: It’s A Heart Matter® – Shifting Perspectives and Mindset.” Presenters included Dr. Johni Cruse Craig, DTEC project director, and Chelonnda Seroyer, DTEC national leader. The shifting perspective and mindset concept advocated by DTEC addresses how implicit bias and the lack of diversity and inclusion can adversely impact students of color. Dr. Craig explained how DTEC prepares educators to become change agents. Soror Raechel Broussard of Houston was a previous DTEC participant who was empowered by the shifting mindset concept. Upon completing the DTEC academy, she returned to her school district, applied the knowledge gained and is now training other educators on the national level for the American Federation of Teachers. Soror Broussard also presented a workshop at the CBCF Professional Development Series on using technology in the classroom. The shifting perspective and mindset concept advocated by DTEC was recently recognized by the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign of Proctor & Gamble, resulting in a $20,000 financial award to support teacher effectiveness. “The Talk,” a national commercial produced by the “My Black is Beautiful” campaign is bringing awareness to biases, and DTEC integrates this message into many presentations. To learn more about My Black is Beautiful, please visit their website: www.pgeveryday.com/tag/ my-black-is-beautiful. s DREF volunteers, Joyous Willis (LEFT) and Naimah Sparks (RIGHT), welcome Dr. Paulette C. Walker, National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., to the concert Golden Anniversary Concert. PHOTO BY LE’RAY CRUSE CRAIG


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