The MegaFaith Meets MegaScience (MEGA) initiative brings together African American religious leaders and prominent African American scientists to share their wisdom and perspectives and forge closer working relationships across disciplines. MEGA was formed when Bishop Larry Trotter at Sweet Holy Spirit Church in Chicago was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine screening. His experience of wrestling with this diagnosis and his encounters with his physicians and health care providers led him to spearhead a project that would highlight his journey as a testimony to others in the community about the importance of getting screened and treated.
By increasing awareness between science and faith leaders about each other’s work and expertise about healing and well-being, MEGA expects to impact disparities in how health care resources are utilized. Strategies include multi-media campaigns, the development of health ministries, forums bringing scientists and pastors together in conversation, and other activities that emerge as the partnership develops.
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MEGA membership includes The Center, four academic medical centers in Chicago (Northwestern, Rush, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago), and the National Association of Health Service Executives (NAHSE).