Spotlight on Community Activism-ENACT Advisory Board Member Alveta Haynes

in May 2012 Newsletter, News Feed
May 18th, 2012

picAlveta Haynes (at far left) is an outstanding member of ENACT’s consumer advisory board. Her firsthand experience living with arthritis, together with her wealth of experience working with community health initiatives and her energetic passion for mobilizing people to improve their health, are just a few of the reasons why Alveta is an excellent resource for ENACT.

Alveta is acutely aware of the health disparities faced by minorities, especially with respect to diabetes, hypertension, and arthritis. As a person living with arthritis, she sees the value in taking a holistic, positive approach to improving her health, rather than merely focusing on the challenges.  Because of this unique and shared focus on enablement over limitation, ENACT and Alveta formed a natural partnership in their mutual quest to address health disparities among older African-American adults in Boston.

Most recently, Alveta played a crucial role in organizing local community members to improve their daily walking by spearheading the Walking for Wellness initiative at Peoples Baptist church in Roxbury. When Pastor Wesley A. Roberts expressed an interest in developing a health ministry at the church, Alveta was inspired to help design a faith-based walking program that would improve the walking habits of participants even beyond the completion of the challenge. With a small grant, church members were outfitted with walking kits that included pedometers, water bottles, backpacks and walking logs to keep track of their daily steps.  Armed with the resources and information provided through the Arthritis Foundation, New England Region and ENACT, this determined group met and exceeded its original goal.

“There is an exciting new energy for walking and ‘realistic’ good health programming at Peoples Baptist,” says Alveta. Since the Walking for Wellness campaign was so successful, Alveta and ENACT are excited to move this project forward. We hope to broaden the project’s scope to more members. ENACT is fortunate to have Alveta Haynes as a collaborator and advisor in our consumer outreach program area.  Her creativity and energy are true assets to initiatives in community health.

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