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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