Blessed Assurance: Success Despite the Odds

by Jacquie Lewis-Kemp, Author & Health Coach for Living life with diabetes and organ transplants, rather than limiting life because of them.

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The book ”Blessed Assurance” gives the reader  a sense of admiration and appreciation  for the fortitude and resilience  that Jacquie had going through bouts of illnesses and having hope and faith and believing that through God she would be victorious.

I used her book and its teachings to console a close friend of mine who was depressed because of her own illness. “Blessed Assurance” is a tool for people to learn to have hope in the face of  so many uncertainties. There were many times she prayed for strength and courage to face the many challenges encountered. It
is apparent that God used Jacquie for a purpose to witness and testify to what God can do.

It is through the belief that Christ died so we  may have life, that surely was the basis that kept Jacquie fighting the bouts of  diabetes, and it was though the love displayed by her family that  helped her propel her illness into a platform for success.

 

Barbara Talley

A Friend in Christ

Hope United Methodist Church

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Listen as January Jones interviews Jacquie Lewis-Kemp about living with diabetes.

Listen to internet radio with Ms January Jones on Blog Talk Radio

 

 

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The Healthy Hair Starts with a Healthy Body™ African American women’s health program was started by the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan in June 1999.  The goal of this program is to help prevent kidney disease by raising awareness of its two primary causes – diabetes and high blood pressure – and encouraging people to make healthy lifestyle choices.  Campaigns have been successfully implemented in ten Michigan cities: Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Inkster, Lansing, Muskegon, Pontiac, Saginaw, Southfield, and Ypsilanti.    Since 1999, over 1,200 hair stylists have been trained to become lay health educators in their salons.  These stylists have completed 70 campaigns, reaching nearly 28,000 African American salon clients.  This program has gained national recognition.

 The centerpiece of the Healthy Hair intervention is the “health chat” conducted by the stylist.  In each campaign, stylists have two health chats with their clients.  During the first chat, stylists explain the risks faced by African Americans for kidney disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.  They also discuss the importance of good nutrition, adequate physical activity, smoking reduction/cessation, and taking prescribed medications properly if already diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure.  Stylists encourage their clients to make improvements in these areas and to seek blood sugar, blood pressure, or urine analysis tests at a doctor’s office.  Clients receive a risk assessment tool for diabetes and high blood pressure, along with a variety of health education materials to supplement the health chat, and a community referral guide of local support services.  The second health chat takes place approximately one month later, during which stylists review the key health messages, answer any questions, and offer further encouragement to help their clients take steps to improve their health.  Watch as Deborah Ivory explains how Healthy Hair worked at her salon, Optimum Beauty Works,  located on Livernois between Eight and Nine Mile roads in Ferndale, Michigan:

 Clients complete a survey after each health chat with their stylist.  The data from these surveys show the following: 

  • 56% of salon clients indicated that they had made at least one healthy lifestyle change as a result of the Healthy Hair intervention, including increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, increased physical activity, decreased consumption of salt and fat, decreased smoking, and improved medication adherence. 

 

  • The number of clients who were taking their diabetes and/or high blood pressure medication as prescribed increased by 9% between the first and second health chats.

 

  • 43% of clients indicated that they had visited or made an appointment to visit their primary care doctor between Chats 1 and 2.

 

  • Of those clients who visited their doctor, 80% discussed their risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, and kidney disease; 90% were tested for one or more of these diseases, and 42% were diagnosed with a disease they did not previously know they had.

 

  • 34% of clients who completed a health risk assessment scored at high risk for diabetes.  In addition, 28% of clients indicated a previous diagnosis of high blood pressure; 11% reported a prior diabetes diagnosis. 

 

  • Clients talked to 3 other people, on average, about what they learned in the salon.  This significantly broadens the reach of the Healthy Hair messages in the community.

 

  • Participating hair stylists reported that Healthy Hair campaigns helped their business by improving their rapport with clients, creating a more positive salon atmosphere, building client loyalty, and prompting new referrals.  Many stylists also made their own health improvements.

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