African American Health

Blacks and African Americans are disproportionately affected by many chronic diseases and health conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and obesity.

Despite these health disparities faced by African American communities, chronic disease is NOT a part of their heritage. 

What is in their heritage is a healthy mind, strong body, vibrant and delicious foods, and a beautiful culture. 

"Let the old ways be your guide to good health and well-being."

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A Taste of African Heritage Curriculum Training for CHWs is a curriculum that trains CHWs and CHW Instructors to deliver and evaluate this evidenced-based, culturally competent nutrition education program. 

The African Heritage Diet is an evidenced-based program development by Oldways, a nonprofit dedicated to improving public health by inspiring individuals and organizations to embrace the healthy, sustainable joys of the “old ways” of eating—heritage-based diets high in taste, nourishment, sustainability, and joy.

By the end of this course, the learner will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast traditional African heritage eating patterns to modern eating and lifestyle patterns
  • Demonstrate understanding of the “A Taste of African Heritage” eating model based on the traditional diets of the African Diaspora
  • Explain which conditions African Americans are likely to suffer disproportionately from
  • Describe key features of the traditional African Heritage diet that contribute to good health
  • Verbalize considerations for tailoring culturally appropriate education using adult learning principles


This e-learning program meets continuing education requirements for Community Health Workers, Community Health Worker Instructors, Certified Health Education Specialists and Medical Assistants. This course has been approved for 5.0 certified continuing education hours.


Who is this training for?

A Taste of African Heritage is excellent program for anyone working in nutrition, education, food service, faith-based initiatives, community outreach work, or public health and wellness. You don’t have to be a chef or nutrition professional. This course, as well as the ATOAH lesson plans are easy to follow and include step-by-step guides for preparing and teaching participants.

  • Community Health Workers/Community Health Worker Instructors

  • Health Coaches and Health Educators

  • Program Managers and Project Coordinators

  • Other Front-Line Health Workers and Public Health Professionals

  • Nutritionists/Dietitians

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Module 1 - Training Introduction & Overview

    • Pre-Test

    • Lesson 1: How to progress through course

    • Lesson 2: Welcome and Training Overview

    • Lesson 3: Cultural Considerations

    • Lesson 4: The African Diaspora

    • Module 1 Downloads & Resources

  • 2

    Module 2 -Nutrition Principles of ATOAH

    • Lesson 1: Plant-based Diets in Preventing Chronic Disease

    • Lesson 2: The African Heritage Diet

    • Lesson 3: ATOAH pyramid

    • Lesson 4: 10-steps for Health Through Heritage

    • Module 2 Downloads & Resources

  • 3

    Module 3 - Measuring Success

    • Lesson 1: Documentation & Data Collection

    • Lesson 2: Collecting Health Metrics

    • Module 3 Downloads & Resources

  • 4

    Module 4 - Virtual Delivery & Facilitation

    • Lesson 1: Adult Learning

    • Lesson 2: Virtual Delivery & Group Facilitation

    • Module 4 Resources

  • 5

    Module 5 - ATOAH in Real Life

    • Lesson 1: Case Study Example- Quisha's experience (Bonus Video)

    • Lesson 2: Case Study Example- Deitra's experience (Bonus Video)

    • Lesson 3: West African Cooking Demo (Bonus Video)

    • Lesson 4: Best Practices for ATOAH curriculum delivery (Bonus Video)

    • Module 5 Resources

  • 6

    Module 6 - How to Get Started

    • Lesson 1: Getting Started

    • Lesson 2: Rules & Regulations for License & Use

    • Module 6 Downloads & Resources

  • 7

    Course Wrap-up

    • Post-Test

    • Congratulations! Don't forget your certificate

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does this course start and end?.

    This is an on-demand, self-paced course. You can start as soon as you register for the course.

  • How long will I have access to the course?

    You will access to the course for 30 days. Training must be completed by then.

  • How many CEs can I earn?

    You will earn 5 Certificated CEs after completing this course.

  • What language is the course in?

    Currently, the course is only offered in English.

  • Are group rates available?

    Yes, group rates are available for 5 or more. Please email for more information.


Quisha Umemba

The Founder of Umemba Health LLC, Quisha is a Registered Nurse with a Masters degree in Public Health. She is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist, a Certified Lifestyle Coach, and a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor. As an educator and consultant, Quisha works with community organizations, social service agencies, government agencies and healthcare systems to help them prevent and manage chronic disease in their patient populations. Having developed, implemented, and overseen numerous health initiatives and community collaborations, Quisha noticed a need for more training and education for health and public health professionals. To this effort, she created Umemba Health Academy providing continuing education and professional development training for Community Health Workers and other front-line health workers.


Deitra Dennis

Deitra Dennis, RN, NBC-HWC is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach. Her mission is to guide, educate and empower the community to adopt healthy lifestyles. She is the CEO and Founder of Full Circle Health Coaching LLC, the premier health and wellness solution offering evidence-based and culturally relevant services. Her company specializes in improving heart health of women of color through coaching, nutrition and cooking.

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