The Balm In Gilead Honors Four Churches With Inaugural National Award at Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference

RICHMOND, Va. (September 26, 2017) – The Balm In Gilead, Inc. is excited to honor four churches with the 2017 Healthy Churches 2020 Best Practice Award at the 4 th Annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference, November 14-17, 2017 in Hilton Head, South Carolina. This 3-day national, capacity building, training conference brings the nation’s prominent public health and faith leaders together to address the alarming rates of health disparities among African Americans. Award recipients will be recognized on Thursday, November 16 during the Awards Dinner.

Award winning churches include: Faith Christian Methodist Episcopal Church (Charlotte, NC), Church of Saint
Charles Borromeo and Chapel of Resurrection (New York, NY), St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (Alberta, VA), Campbell Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church (Bluffton, SC) and Salem Baptist Church (Atlanta, GA).

“These churches have been selected because of their extraordinary health outreach and service to rural,
underserved communities in their area.” comments Dr. Pernessa Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “They have helped The Balm In Gilead and our public health partners build a network that finds solutions to the issues that plague our community. The power of the faith community paired with our health professionals is the key to creating change.”

The Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference engages participants in in-depth sessions surrounding health promotion and disease prevention. The conference is designed to strengthen the skills and leadership capacity of pastors and persons who are responsible for the Health Ministry, Annual Health Fair, Kitchen Ministry, Nurses Ministry, Men and Women’s Ministry and all aspects of health and compassion within the congregation and community.

“The Balm In Gilead, with over 28 years of addressing health disparities within African American and African
communities, continues to be committed to finding innovative approaches to improving the health of African
Americans. The 2017 Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference provides an opportunity to network and learn from influencers who are making a difference in the faith and health industries”, further states, Seele.

About The Balm In Gilead, Inc: The Balm In Gilead develops educational and training programs specifically designed to meet the unique needs of African American and African congregations that strive to become community centers for health education and disease prevention. The Balm In Gilead is known for its insightful understanding of religious cultures and values and extraordinary ability to build strong, trusted partnerships with faith communities. The Balm In Gilead has been entrusted to build the capacity of national faith structures to utilize their existing relationships to deliver comprehensive health services. For more information, please visit: