ACT on Alzheimer's St. Paul African-American Faith Community

Updated February 2018

In 2018, we are still working to become dementia friendly, and our efforts have expanded or changed beyond only being an ACT community.

What We’re Doing for Our Community

  • Reaching diverse audiences and spreading dementia awareness by hosting events like "Every Minute Counts" (documentary film); outcomes included attendees signing up to participate in research and grant matches to form the Amazing Grace chorus (a dementia friendly model)
  • Forming partnerships with HealthPartners Neuroscience Center and the Rondo Library
  • Receiving grants for 2018 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (as part of its Knight Arts Challenge) and the Stevens Square Foundation

Connect with Us

Contact:  Vanne Owen Hayes,

About Our ACT Community

The St. Paul African-American Faith Community ACTion Team launched in 2014 with members Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Camphor United Methodist Church, and St. James A.M.E. Church, as well as other representatives from the faith community, the African-American community, and the St. Paul Neighborhoods ACT (SPN ACT) team. In predominantly African-American churches in St. Paul, work being done by health ministry teams to address health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the African-American community has now moved to building awareness about the disproportionate number of Ramsey County African-Americans who are impacted by Alzheimer’s disease.

Snapshot of Activities

  • Hosted several “Alzheimer’s Sundays” awareness events at area churches.
  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, the Lead Agency, hosts an annual Alzheimer’s Awareness and Education Sunday, holds quarterly Senior Lunches on Alzheimer’s Awareness and Education, distributes caregiver information and works to make Alzheimer’s awareness and education equitable and inclusive.
  • Camphor United Methodist Church’s activities include informing youth about Alzheimer’s and engaging them in activities and providing caregiver support through home visits, counseling, fun activities.
  • Rev. Thomas (Camphor United Methodist Church) meets with West Africans after worship once a month to discuss health topics and to check in. Rev. Thomas also makes a monthly home visit and/or phone call to West African seniors and their families.

Resources, News and Events

Learn about Alzheimer's Sundays

Amazing Grace Chorus to be launched