The Center for African American Health is a Family Resource Center dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of infants, seniors, and everyone in between by providing culturally-sensitive health education and health promotion programs.

Aging Mastery Program® (NCOA)

The NCOA Aging Mastery Program helps older adults build their own playbook for aging well. Through fun, innovative, educational sessions, participants are empowered to embrace the gift of longevity by spending more time each day doing things that are good for them and others. Topics include exercise, financial fitness, healthy relationships, medication management, and community engagement.

Topics and time schedule will be tailored for each group. To learn more about the Aging Mastery Program and to enroll your church or organization, contact Sydney Odion-Smith at or (303) 355-3423 x105.

Navigating Longer Lives: The Basics of Aging Mastery – Introduction to the program and its   philosophy with a special emphasis on the new realities of aging, making the most of the gift of longevity, and taking small steps to improve health, financial well-being, social connectedness, and overall quality of life.

Exercise and You – Discussion of the importance of exercising both the mind and the body with a focus on strategies for incorporating meditation, aerobics, strengthening, flexibility, and balance into daily routines.

Sleep – Overview of how sleep patterns change as we age, the importance of monitoring the sleep cycle, and simple strategies to improve sleep.

Healthy Eating and Hydration – Review of nutrition as it relates to aging with a focus on strategies for incorporating health eating and hydration into daily lives.

Financial Fitness – Introduction to strategies for remaining economically secure in an era of longevity with an emphasis on setting financial goals and setting financial boundaries with friends and families.

Advance Planning – Guidance around key steps needed to manage health care, financial, and housing/care decisions with a focus on considering the role of personal values and beliefs in these decisions.

Healthy Relationships – Exploration of the benefits of being socially active, as well as the risks of isolation with a focus on practical strategies for continuing to build and strengthen friendships and family connections as we age.

Medication Management – Best Practices on how to take medications as directed, how to store medications safely, and how to keep track of multiple medications.

Community Engagement – Introduction to the value of continuing to contribution and small acts of kindness with a focus on identifying personal aptitudes for meaningful volunteer and civic opportunities.

Falls Prevention – Overview of the importance of falls prevention among older adults along with strategies to prevent falls.

BeHeard Mile High

BeHeard Mile High is a social movement created and maintained by The Center for African American Health that gives community members the chance to have their voices heard regarding social issues affecting their neighborhoods! By joining the community panel, members complete easy-to-take surveys. The comprehensive results are shared with key stakeholders and policymakers with a goal of positively impacting health and wellness for African American and Black communities in Metro Denver.

To learn more about BeHeard, contact Eric Moore at or (303) 355-3423 x112.

Faith and Health Initiative

Through the Faith and Health Initiative, The Center for African American Health serves as a partner assisting and empowering faith communities promote wellness and illness prevention services to their church members and surrounding communities.

The Center’s Faith and Health Ministry Liaison, with support from a Faith and Health Advisory Council, assists in assessing the needs of faith communities, and developing tailored plans and interventions to meet those identified needs. Programs are developed to reflect the unique spiritual beliefs and practices of diverse faith communities with the goals of health promotion and disease prevention.

For more details about Faith and Health, email Denita Harris at or call (303) 355-3423 x118.

Learning to Live Well – Health Insurance Literacy and Enrollment

Primarily modeled after U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) “From Coverage to Care” educational materials, Learning to Live Well (L2LW) emphasizes key aspects of health insurance coverage and how each can be used to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals and the community.

The program will:

  • Increase health insurance literacy by defining terms used in health insurance.
  • Show attendees the basics of creating a wellness plan and how their insurance can be optimally used to support that plan.
  • Explain the basic benefits of most health plans and associated costs to the insured.
  • Offer tips on other resources available to help minimize costs, such as drug discount programs and copay cards.

To learn more about the class, contact LaQuetta Walker at or (303) 355-3423 x110.

Living Healthier Together

Living Healthier Together is a program that The Center for African American Health offers to adults, 18 and older.  This program utilizes the Eating Smart Being Active (ESBA) curriculum. This evidence-based program, which is based on Adult Learning principles and the Social Cognitive Theory, is currently used in SNAP-ed and in the Expanded Food and Nutrition Program and is geared for lower-income participants to help promote healthy eating and physical activity.

Through Living Healthier Together, participants learn new money-saving tips and purchasing habits, such as how to shop at farmers markets and cost comparing items.  Participants are given a shopping lists, cutting board, collapsible water bottle, meat thermometer, measuring cups and spoons, a portion plate, and a nutritionist-approved cookbook. They are also encouraged to download an app which reinforces the lessons learned throughout the program and offers a fitness tracker, healthy recipes, and price calculator to help them determine the best prices between similar products.

To learn more about Living Healthier Together, contact Sydney Odion-Smith at or call (303) 355-3423 x105.

Mental Health First Aid for Youth and Adults

The Center provides Mental Health First Aid training in partnership with Mental Health First Aid Colorado. The 8-hour training teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders, and gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Check back soon for upcoming training dates and enrollment info. Contact LaQuetta Walker at or (303) 355-3423 x110 to learn more.

Prostate Screenings

Men are encouraged to take charge of their health with a free prostate cancer screening. Presented by The Center for African American Health in partnership with Inner City Health Medical Clinic.

The screening scheduled for Saturday, September 28th has been POSTPONED. We will offer free prostate screenings at the Annual Collaborative Health Fair on March 7,  at the Renaissance Hotel.

Strengthening Families Program

The Center for African American Health’s Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is an evidence-based, nationally and internationally recognized, family skills training program for families with children birth to three years old and three to five years of age. The goals of the program are:

  1. Strengthening parenting skills
  2. Improving children’s behavior
  3. Improving social skills
  4. Enhancing family functioning

The Center’s SFP is modeled after a successful program developed in 1988 by Dr. Karol Kumpfer of the University of Utah.

Sessions and Enrollment:

This is a FREE program. Meals and LICENSED child care services will be provided.

To learn more, contact Kisa Gant at or (303) 355-3423 x108.

Youth Civic Engagement Program

Youth Civic Engagement Program (YCEP) provides leadership building and empowerment opportunities for Metro Denver African American high-school aged youth, helping them gain skills and develop their strengths to be active agents of social change.

To learn more about YCEP, contact us at or (303) 355-3423.