The Renewing Health Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated in the state of New York, designed to increase the awareness of the fundamentals of healthy living in members of urban communities across the United States. Founded by Dr. Michael G. Knight in 2012, the Foundation works to achieve its purpose through community health literacy and awareness programming, and partnerships with external organizations working to improve the health of urban communities.
Foundation programming is centered on the goal of empowering communities to live their best life through health education. Initial programming ranged from community health education sessions to health fair participation in the New York Metropolitan area. In 2012, Living Your Best Life! was launched as a health education initiative, focused on chronic disease prevention and awareness in urban minority communities. This program included health education programs implemented in churches and health fairs in the Bronx and Harlem communities of New York City. In 2015, a Health Minute video series was added through collaboration with the Greater New York Conference of SDA. In 2015, Purpose and Passion in Pink! was launched with a focus on breast cancer awareness in African-American and Latina women through faith-based partnerships.
The Renewing Health Foundation works to educate, equip, and empower urban communities to improve their well being, and to eliminate ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in health.
Michael G. Knight, MD, MSHP is a physician and the Patient Safety Officer for General Internal Medicine at The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Originally from New York City, Dr. Knight completed undergraduate studies at Oakwood University, and attended the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He then completed residency training at NewYork Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where he completed a Masters in Health Policy Research. In his current role as the Patient Safety Officer for General Internal Medicine, he oversees the reporting and analysis of medical errors and adverse events, and the development of responsive programs to build a culture of safety within the Division. Dr. Knight continues to practice clinically in Internal Medicine with a focus in Obesity Medicine at the GW Medical Faculty Associates in Washington, DC.
Outside of his clinical practice, Dr. Knight has been instrumental in developing community health education programs throughout the United States. Dr. Knight served as the 48th National President of the Student National Medical Association, and currently serves as the founder and president of the Renewing Health Foundation. He has served on various boards and committees of organizations such as the American Medical Association Residents and Fellows Section and the National Medical Association, where he currently serves as Region II Chairperson. Dr. Knight has received numerous awards including the American Medical Association Foundation Leadership Award, Top 30 under 30 Alumni of Case Western Reserve University, Top 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award by the National Minority Quality Forum, and Top Healthcare Professionals Under 40 Award by the National Medical Association.