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I DREAMT OF BEING ME

 
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OUR MISSION

I Dreamt of Being Me is a 501c3 nonprofit in Durham, North Carolina. Our mission is to strengthen both the mental and physical health outcomes of high-need communities of color.

 

OUR COMMUNITY MEMBERS NEED OUR SUPPORT TO BUILD HEALTHIER LIVES, DEVELOP PATHWAYS TO LIVING LONGER AND ENJOYING BETTER RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS.

 
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DID YOU KNOW, COMPARED TO THEIR WHITE PEERS, BLACK COMMUNITY MEMBERS ARE:

25% more likely to die from heart disease?
72% more likely to be diabetic?
23% more liley to be obese?

WE HAVE TO DO A BETTER JOB OF TALKING ABOUT HEALTH IN OUR COMMUNITIES.

Only 1 in 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it

BARRIERS TO MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR BLACK COMMUNITY MEMBERS INCLUDE:

Stigma in our communities
Distrust in the system
Lack of culturally competent providers and programs

WE ENVISION A WORLD WHERE PEOPLE OF COLOR ARE NO LONGER DISPROPORTIONATELY AFFECTED BY HIGH-RISK CONDITIONS AND PREVENTABLE DISEASES.

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I Dreamt of Being Me was founded by Dr. Malik Muhammad, a scholar, psychologist, fitness enthusiast, and committed member of the North Carolina Community.

Founded, in direct response to the impact health disparities have within communities of color, Dr. Muhammad created a unique program to combat the disparities that plague the community.

 
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HEALTHIER TOGETHER

I Dreamt of Being Me’s primary program is Healthier Together—a pilot-phase operation that pairs volunteers, trained as health coaches, with members in the community that are high-risk for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity.

  • Baseline Mental & Physical Health Assessments

  • In-depth Individualized Fitness Plan

  • 6-Month Support

  • People of Color - Ages 35-55

 

CONTACT US

If you're interested in joining our pilot, learning more about becoming a trainer or health coach, or would just like to touch base - please reach out to us!

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Our communities need to be better equipped to navigate their overall health.
With your support, we can help.

All contributions are tax-deductible.