In New Orleans, doctors and churches are teaming up to help Black parishioners get needed care

February 16, 2023 | MPB

Shalina Chatlani | MPB

At St. Joseph the Worker Church in Marrero, Louisiana, a handful of parishioners shuffle into a brightly lit church on a Monday morning for daily mass. It’s an opportunity to get together and pray for loved ones — from a friend who has landed in the hospital to a child that is sick.

Many of the parishioners at this predominantly Black Catholic church aren’t just attending church functions to be well spiritually. They’re also going to be well physically. They’ve either experienced a health condition — like diabetes or hypertension — or know someone who has.

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