THE BALM IN GILEAD, INC. ANNOUNCES 2019 NATIONAL  HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 BEST PRACTICE AWARDEES

THE BALM IN GILEAD, INC. ANNOUNCES 2019 NATIONAL HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 BEST PRACTICE AWARDEES

THE BALM IN GILEAD, INC. ANNOUNCES 2019 NATIONAL HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 BEST PRACTICE AWARDEES

 Award Recipients will receive official recognition during the annual banquet

 

The Balm In Gilead, Inc. will present Best Practice Awards to nine congregational-based health ministries from across the country that are raising the bar to improve the health of African Americans within their congregations and communities.

Additionally, VillageHeartbeat, a North Carolina-based organization, will receive The Balm In Gilead’s Best Practice Award for Engaging African American Congregations in Addressing Health Disparities. Cheryl S. Emanuel, MS, CSAPC, leads VillageHeartbeat. The organization’s 2019 Life Achievement Award will be bestowed upon Geneticist Georgia M. Dunston, PhD, retired professor of human immunogenetics at Howard University and founding director of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. All honorees will receive special recognition during the 6th Annual Healthy Churches National Conference Awards Dinner.

The Healthy Churches 2020 Conference is expected to attract more than 500 faith and public health influencers Nov. 19-22 in Charlotte, NC at the downtown Sheraton Hotel. The awards dinner, featuring Grammy Award Winning Singer and Songwriter Israel Houghton, takes place the evening of Nov. 21. More than 30 churches and organizations nationwide were nominated for The Balm In Gilead’s Best Practice award, which is designed to recognize extraordinary faith-based partnerships, health outreach and services within rural and urban African American communities.

“The Best Practice Award is the foundational essence of our work,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “These congregations and organizations are beacons of light and hope, proactively working to bring the latest health solutions to communities they serve.

This 4-day conference is the only national forum of its kind to bridge faith and public health. The conference’s primary objective is to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of pastors and congregation members who work within church health ministries, and auxiliaries including the kitchen/culinary teams, ministry nursing units, transportation teams, deacon and missionary groups and other outreach ministerial programs.

Congregations receiving The 2019 Best Practice Awardees are:

  • Turner Memorial AME Church, Hyattsville, Md. (Dr. D.K. Kearney)
  • Central Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Hilton Head, S.C. (Rev. Louis Johnson)
  • Faith Community Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. (Rev. Dr. Patricia Gould-Champ)
  • New Mount Olive Baptist Church, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Dr. Marcus Davidson)
  • Varick Memorial AME Zion Church, New Haven, Conn. (Dr. Kelcy Steele)
  • Beebe Memorial CME Cathedral, Oakland, Calif. (Dr. Charles Hames, Jr.)
  • Ebenezer Baptist Church, Staunton, Va. (Dr. Michael Turner)
  • Berea Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Dorchester, Mass. (Rev. Omar G. Jarvis)
  • Beacon Light International Baptist Cathedral, New Orleans, La. (Dr. Darryl Brister)

Annually, the Healthy Churches 2020 conference speaker roster includes nationally-renowned faith and public health leaders. This year’s line-up includes author and philanthropist Cookie Johnson; Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, Duke University Medical Center; Bishop James Walker, Sr., The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church; Rev. Shane Scott, the historic Los Angeles-based Macedonia Baptist Church; Dr. Fatima Stanford, Harvard Medical Center; Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science; Bishop Horace E. Smith, MD, Apostolic Faith Church Chicago; Rev. Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes, Metamorphosis Enterprises; Rev. Paul Abernathy, FOCUS Pittsburgh; Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Biblical Scholar, and many more.

Cookie Johnson Joins Key Influencers At The  6th Annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference

Cookie Johnson Joins Key Influencers At The 6th Annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference

Health Disparities Affecting African Americans is the Focus of the 3-Day Event RICHMOND, Va.

(September 17, 2019 ) – Cookie Johnson – philanthropist, entrepreneur, author, and wife of NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson – is among the headliners of the prestigious roster of faith and public health leaders and activists for the 6th annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference Nov. 19-22 in Charlotte, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. announced today.

Johnson’s presentation is entitled “Stigma! The Voice of a Child of God, Wife, Mother & Caretaker.” The Healthy Churches 2020 Conference is the only national forum of its kind to bridge faith and public health. Planners are anticipating more than 500 attendees during the three-day capacity-building training conference in Charlotte, NC at the Sheraton Hotel.

“The addition of Ms. Cookie Johnson to our stage is a major game-changer that significantly advances the mission of Healthy Churches 2020,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “This is a power-packed conference that promises to better position African American congregations to take action in our communities to solve critical health issues affecting our people.”

The conference’s primary objective is to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of pastors and congregation members who work within church health ministries and auxiliaries– including kitchen/culinary teams, ministry nursing units, transportation teams, deacon and missionary groups and other outreach ministerial programs. The Balm In Gilead, Inc. will recognize 11 ministries and organizations across the country for their exemplary contributions to improving the health of African Americans in their congregations and communities. Gospel Artist Israel Houghton will headline the conference’s Best Practice Awards Dinner.

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The Balm In Gilead, Inc. Launches New Interactive Website

The Balm In Gilead, Inc. Launches New Interactive Website

RICHMOND, Va. (September 13, 2019 ) The Balm In Gilead, Inc. – Where Faith and Public Health Connect – today unveiled its newly redesigned website, which features a significantly enhanced experience that exposes users to the full scope of the organization’s national programs.

Starting early this year, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. embarked on the website revamp to more succinctly provide faith and public health leaders critical information needed to expand their capacity to serve communities where health disparities are most prevalent. Website visitors will immediately recognize improved functionality and new elements including the calendar of events, dedicated pages for each of the five states included in the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative; Balm TV and Media

“Our objective is to offer a more exciting, visually appealing, informative platform with the least amount of clicks possible to access content,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, Founder and CEO, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “It is our objective to ensure we are providing the most current and essential information to the faith community; public health leaders, and medical practitioners.”

Visit The Balm In Gilead, Inc.’s new website at www.balmingilead.org

About The Balm In Gilead, Inc: The Balm In Gilead, Inc. builds and strengthens the capacity of African American faith communities throughout the United States to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. The organization develops educational and training programs specifically designed to establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles, which helps to improve health outcomes of individuals living in urban, rural and remote communities.

Healthy Churches 2020 Conference Media Advisory

Healthy Churches 2020 Conference Media Advisory

6th ANNUAL HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

 

National Multi-Platform Initiative Brings Faith and Public Health Leaders
Together to Address Health Disparities Affecting African Americans

 

RICHMOND, Va. (September 3, 2019) – The Balm In Gilead, Inc. has set the stage again for the only national conference of its kind to bridge faith and public health. As a three-day capacity-building training event, more than 500 influencers from across faith, medical and corporate spectrums are expected to convene in Charlotte, NC for the 6th annual 2019 Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference on Nov. 19-22.

The conference takes place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Charlotte where some of the nation’s leading public health and faith leaders will forge alliances to strengthen the capacity of faith communities to address the alarming rates of health disparities among African Americans

“For more than 30 years, The Balm In Gilead continues to be a forerunner in addressing health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “Every year, we take several steps forward to close the information and application gaps in some of our hardest to reach African American communities.”

Conference Chairperson, Bishop Horace Smith, MD, Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church, and physician at Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, echoed similar sentiments: “Body, Soul, Mind, your mental health – all that is needed to be a complete person. This conference addresses all of this!”

The conference’s primary objective is to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of pastors and congregation members who work within church health ministries, and auxiliaries including the kitchen/culinary teams, ministry nursing units, transportation teams, deacon and missionary groups and other outreach ministerial programs

Once again, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. has announced its initial slate of renown speakers for the 2019 Healthy Churches 2020 Conference. New this year: Gospel Artist Israel Houghton will headline the Conference 2019 Best Practice Awards Dinner.

  • 2019 State of the Union on Black Mental Health: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University, Durham, N.C.
  • Conference Opening Preacher: Bishop James B. Walker, The Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Conference Key Presenter: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.
  • Conference Closing Preacher: Shane B. Scott, Senior Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Conference Key Presenter: Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems, Writer and Public Intellectual, Ray Of Hope Community Church in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Conference Key Presenter: Paul Abernathy, Director, FOCUS Pittsburgh
  • Conference Key Presenter: Dr. Khaalida T. Forbes, MSW, DMIN, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA.

 

For registration, hotel and other information, please visit: www.healthychurches2020conference.org

About The Balm In Gilead, Inc: The Balm In Gilead, Inc. builds and strengthens the capacity of African American faith communities throughout the United States to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. The organization develops educational and training programs specifically designed to establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles, which helps to improve health outcomes of individuals living in urban, rural and remote communities.

6th Annual Healthy Churches 2020

6th Annual Healthy Churches 2020

6th ANNUAL HEALTHY CHURCHES 2020 HEADING TO CHARLOTTE

National Multi-Platform Initiative Brings Faith and Public Health Leaders
Together to Address Health Disparities Affecting African Americans

The Balm In Gilead, Inc. has set the stage again for the only national conference of its kind to bridge faith and public health. As a three-day capacity-building training event, more than 500 influencers from across the faith, medical and corporate spectrum are expected to convene in Charlotte, NC for the 6th annual 2019 Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference on Nov. 19-22.

The conference takes place at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Charlotte where some of the nation’s leading public health and faith leaders will forge alliances to strengthen the capacity of faith communities to address the alarming rates of health disparities among African Americans.

“For more than 30 years, The Balm In Gilead continues to be a forerunner in addressing health issues that disproportionately affect African Americans,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “Every year, we take several steps forward to close the information and application gaps in some of our hardest to reach African American communities.”

The Healthy Churches 2020 Conference has drawn the attention and participation of numerous nationally-renowned health influencers to include Dr. David Satcher, the 16th US Surgeon General and founding director and senior advisor of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.

“Whether you are in the ministry, medicine or community leadership, we have some tremendous opportunities staring us in the face to improve our health,” Satcher stated when presiding over the prior year’s conference.

Bishop Horace Smith, MD, Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, echoed similar sentiments: “Body, Soul, Mind, your mental health – all that is needed to be a complete person. This conference addresses all of this!”

The conference’s primary objective is to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of pastors and congregation members who work within church health ministries, and auxiliaries including the kitchen/culinary teams, ministry nursing units, transportation teams, deacon and missionary groups and other outreach ministerial programs.

This week, The Balm in Gilead, Inc. announced its initial slate of speakers for the 2019 Healthy Churches 2020 Conference. More announcements are forthcoming over the next few weeks. The following speakers have been named to date:

  • 2019 State of the Union on Black Mental Health: Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
    Durham, N.C.
  • 2019 Conference Opening Preacher: The Right Reverend James B. Walker
    The Presiding Prelate of the Seventh Episcopal District of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • 2019 Conference Presenter: Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH
    Obesity Medicine Physician Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School Boston, Mass.
  • 2019 Conference Closing Preacher: Rev. Shane B. Scott,
    Senior Pastor, Macedonia Baptist Church, Los Angeles, Calif.

For registration, hotel and other information, please visit: www.healthychurches2020conference.org

About The Balm In Gilead, Inc: The Balm In Gilead, Inc. builds and strengthens the capacity of African American faith communities throughout the United States to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. The organization develops educational and training programs specifically designed to establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles, which helps to improve health outcomes of individuals living in urban, rural and remote communities. For more information: www.balmingilead.org.

Memory Sunday 2019

Memory Sunday 2019

The Balm in Gilead, Inc. Urging African American Churches To
Emphasize Brain Health as Memory Sunday Approaches

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but fifth for older African-Americans. The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a Richmond, Va.-based global public health organization, is bringing attention to this issue through its partnership with the faith community.

Memory Sunday, observed the second Sunday in June, is an opportunity for churches to highlight the tremendous burden that Alzheimer’s and other Dementias are having on the African American community; utilize the influence of the African American pulpit to distribute the facts about Alzheimer’s; and identify ways to support persons living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers.

The Balm In Gilead’s goal for this national mobilization campaign is to increase the capacity of African American congregations to partner in risk reduction, care management, caregiving and increased awareness regarding cognitive health. Additionally, The Balm In Gilead strives to share this initiative beyond the church walls by providing training and information to healthcare and public health professionals regarding the impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and caregiving on African Americans.

Leading up to Memory Sunday, The Balm In Gilead provided churches and health ministries access to culturally tailored, faith-based tools and resources via the organization’s Brain Health Center for African Americans web site: http://brainhealthcenterforafricanamericans.org/memory-sunday .

The free resources include The Book of Alzheimer’s and the Memory Sunday Toolkit. There are many ways for faith leaders, congregations, and local communities to get involved. Whether churches participate in Memory Sunday by sharing the information in their bulletins, or setting up a table to share resources after services, or creating a space for caregivers. The goal is to nationally engage churches through this initiative; in ways that will support on-going information, sharing about Alzheimer’s, caregiving, and overall brain health the entire month of June and beyond.

Celebrating 30 years of service, The Balm In Gilead develops educational and training resources specifically designed to meet the unique needs of African Americans and African American congregations.