The Institute – Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Session I: 9:00 AM – 12 Noon

1 Session A

Suffering In Silence! How to Serve and Be Served! For Pastors & Ministers Only!


  • Bishop Horace Smith, MD, Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL.
  • Rayvann Kee II, PsyD, owner & principle psychologist at EmpowerMeant Counseling, Coaching, and Consulting, LLC., Philadelphia, PA

This session is designed to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical tools for overcoming the personal challenges of a pastor/minister as they build a ministry of healing and wholeness for the congregation and community. The session will also provide tools and models of leadership in areas that support creating and sustaining a strong ministry that reflects health and wholeness for the leadership and the congregation.

2 Session B

Tools for Building Partnerships with African American Congregations to Address Health Disparities.


  • Claudia Hardy, MPA, Program Director for the office of Community Outreach at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Rev. Nathaniel T. Brooks, D.Min., Senior Pastor, Greater St. James Baptist Church, Birmingham, AL

Effective partnerships are essential to addressing many issues faced by African-Americans, including health disparities. Health disparities exist when a health outcome (like disease incidence or mortality) is seen more or less in certain populations. African Americans have higher incidence and mortality for many chronic health conditions. The Black Church continues to serve as a major source of influence, social support, and cohesion for this minority population. Churches move well beyond the religious agenda and offer places for growth, help, and encouragement. The church is composed of a unique community with members unite over common interest and are not necessarily limited to a certain age group or small geographic area. To address many of the health disparities and health inequities that affect African Americans, partnerships between public health entities and the Black Church offer innovative solutions. There are several well-established programs where academic, community, and faith-based organizations collaborated under the shared goal of improving community health.

During this session:

  • Public Health practitioners and faith leaders will discuss the importance of partnerships, especially with the Black Church
  • Public Health practitioners will discuss recent and current success stories for various health education programs and behavioral interventions using the faith-based model
  • Participants will learn strategies for developing partnerships between public health and the Black Church to address health disparities
  • Participants will have the opportunity to network to establish new partnerships with faith-based groups.
  • Participants will gain skills to enhance existing public health and faith-based relationships to improve health disparities.
  • Participants will be able to anticipate and overcome potential challenges in working with public health and faith-based partnerships from discussions on communication styles and understanding church cultural norms.

3 Session C:

Analyzing Data For Faith-Based Program Evaluation:  Now That We Have the Data, What’s Next?


  • Valerie AnnDenise Brown, Dr. PH, Director of Evaluation, The Balm In Gilead
  • Joyce Moon Howard, Dr. PH, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Global Public Health and Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Global Public Health at New York University, NYC
  • Angela A. Aidela, Ph.D, Research Scientist, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
    New York, NY

Most of us struggle to develop forms or records and collect surveys to determine how many attended our programs and whether they liked it…..but then what?  This interactive workshop will focus on how to make the most of data you collect.  Using a user-friendly style and format, this session will cover the step by step process of data management and simple techniques for examining how well your program is functioning.  Ethics and confidentiality issues in collecting and handling sensitive data including PHI (personal health Information) will be discussed.  We will also review evaluation reporting requirements of stakeholders and funders and strategies for meeting those requirements.  Employing case studies, we will walk through examples from various programs in the field. Illustrations will be provided for using both quantitative and qualitative data.  Participants will work in pairs or teams on data management and analysis cases. The session objectives are to:

  1. Delineate approaches for collecting program and participant level data
  2. Identify techniques and software for organizing and managing data
  3. Discuss ethics and confidentiality requirements and best practices in handling data.
  4. Describe strategies for examining and comparing data trends and patterns
  5. Discuss common elements for evaluation reports

4 Session D:

Aging While Black:  Understanding The Role of Culture & Faith to Address Brain Health Equity for African Americans


  • Pamela Price, RN, Deputy Director, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. Richmond, VA
  • Jonathan Jackson, PhD, Founding Director, Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Marsha Henderson, MS, Former Associate Commissioner for Women’s Health at the US Food and Drug Administration
  • Nia Reed, Ph.D, MA, ORISE Fellow, Alzheimer’s Disease and Healthy Aging Program, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

African Americans continue to be disproportionately impacted by health conditions ranging from HIV/AIDS to Alzheimer’s to Diabetes. Rates of disease and deaths for many health problems in the African American community are consistently higher than other races. While a lack of awareness, access, and utilization of health services is an issue, African-Americans continue to have strong cultural & religious beliefs, and rely on their faith leader’s input on health decisions and behaviors.  When tacking the complex challenges related to Brain Health & Dementia, it is important for public health and healthcare professionals to understand this dynamic in order to address the issue of health equity.  This informative session will discuss effective frameworks and strategies that utilize faith-based and culturally competent practices to address health equity in Brain Health.  Objectives will include:

  • Discuss the unique role and historical significance of faith among African-Americans
  • Discuss relationship between faith, culture, and health behaviors among African-Americans
  • Highlight and identify effective strategies to work with faith & community based organizations to develop and implement health policies, programs, and systems that increase health equity and improve brain health of African Americans

5 Session F:

Our Children’s Health! Changing Health Outcomes through Christian Education

According to the CDC, African American children have a death rate ten times higher than white children. High rates of health disparities among adult African Americans often begin during childhood. Nutrition and fitness are the cornerstones to children’s health. Church School teachers and other early childhood educators can play a major role in shaping the formative years of a child’s health outcome and perhaps those of parents and siblings. This session will teach early childhood educators how take steps to incorporate healthy eating and living principles as part of a child’s church school learnings. Tools will be shared on how to align a child’s faith and beliefs with biblical principles regarding health and wholeness as a road map for their lives. Also, this session will provide strategies for providing a safe place for children who are/have suffered adverse childhood experiences, which, oftentimes, is the root cause of a lifetime of poor health behaviors. In addition, this session will share information on how more African American congregations can become involved in foster care and foster parenting.

  • Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Garland Pierce, Executive Director, Christian Education Department, The African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Suzette Oyeku, MD, MPH, Chief, Division of Academic General Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore; Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, New York.
  • Eric Alfonzo Smith II, International President, The Assembly of Christian Educators, Christian Education Department, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
  • Samuel L. Green, Jr., Director, Department of Christian Education, 7th Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Donna Mitchell, LMSW, President/CEO, Covenant Counseling, Knoxville, TN
  • Dr. Raymond Hunt, Senior Pastor, Moores Chapel AMEZ Church, Salisbury, NC


Session II:  2:00 pm – 5:00pm

Session A: 

Fundamental Tools for the Non-clinical, Non-licensed Black Church Nurse & Community Health Worker


  • Geraldine Peacock, RN; Critical Care Nurse, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; Head Nurse, Combat Support Hospital (CSH) Units; US Army Major; Co-Leader of the Health Professions Ministry at the Apostolic Faith Church in Chicago.
  • Sheila Wright, MSN, RN is the Health Ministry Coordinator for the Faith Community Health Ministry department at Atrium Health, Charlotte, NC
  • Rahkal E. Shelton, Registered Respiratory Therapist, Saint Anthony Hospital, Chicago, IL

For decades, Black churches have had a “Nurses’ Guild”.  Dressed in all white, these were they persons responsible for the health and well-being of congregational members during all church functions.  The purpose of this interactive workshop is to provide today’s “Nurses’ Guild” with faith & community-based, fundamental, clinical education and tools, which allow members of the “Nurses Guild” to safely & effectively provide first-aid care, preventive care and emergency care.  Information shared during this session will be designed to equip congregational members charged with supporting the overall health and safety of the congregation with resources and hands-on skills to help them provide year-round health promotion & awareness.  Session Objectives will include:

  • Discuss and understand common medical emergencies
  • Understand proper basic first-aid and safety procedures for common health emergencies
  • Understand the benefits of increasing health awareness and education among ushers and other congregational support staff

2 Session B:

Tools for Establishing an Effective Health Ministry For Your Congregation


  • Pamela Price, RN, Deputy Director, The Balm In Gilead, Inc. Richmond, VA
  • Toya Booth, MDIV, Faith-Based Health Program Director, The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

This interactive session will provide participants with practical tools and guidance on how to develop and sustain an effective, successful Health Ministry. This session will provide hands-on learning and tools for the following topics:

  • Strategic and Work Plan Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Fairs and Educational Programming
  • Partnership Development
  • Communication and Social Media

3 Section C:

Recruiting African Americans to Participate in Research: Methods, Models and Experiences


  • Joyce (Joy) Balls-Berry, PhD, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Senior Associate Consultant at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Rochester, MN
  • Janice Bowie, PhD, MPH, Professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society (HBS)
  • Joyce Moon Howard, Dr. PH, Director of Undergraduate Programs in Global Public Health and Clinical Associate Professor at the College of Global Public Health at New York University, NYC
  • Dr. Christopher T. Pullins, MD, Physician & Consultant, Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Phoenix Arizona
  • Floyd B. Willis, MD, Physician, Department of Family Medicine, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

African Americans and other minority groups continue to be under-represented in bio, socio, medical research and clinical trials. This ethnic diversity gap can lead to less than ideal development of new medical therapies and can further worsen minority health issues and health disparities. The main goal of this workshop is to provide best practices and strategies for enhancing the recruitment and retention of African Americans into medical research and clinical trials. The intended audience for this session are all members of the research team, including but not limited to: healthcare professionals, public health practitioners, clinical trial/study coordinators, genetic counselors, information technology professionals, postdoctoral students, medical students, scientists, clinical investigators and principal investigators. Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be better able to:

  1. Discuss the current state of underrepresentation of African Americans in medical research;
  2. Understand the importance of diversity in medical research to address health disparities among African Americans;
  3. Identify barriers and facilitators to participation in medical research by African-Americans;
  4. Implement innovative, culturally-appropriate recruitment strategies to increase enrollment of African Americans into medical research studies; and
  5. Form diverse, interdisciplinary research teams to bolster participation of African Americans in medical research.

4 Section E:

Fundamentals of Grant Writing for Faith-Based Health Programs, Including Obtaining a 5013©


  • Mamie Floyd, Fedi Consulting Services, Charlotte, NC

The goal of this session will be to provide a clear and distinct description of the necessary areas of need in proposal writing, criteria, and program structure, from a Novice to Experienced Grantee viewpoint. Necessary tips of Do’s and Don’ts, relative to the variety of program options specific to health disparities, will be produced as well as expectations from a Grant Reviewers’ experience. The fundamentals of the process for obtaining your organizations will be provided along with an overview of the necessary requirements and forms. 

5-Section F:

Your Senior Ministry: Faith-Based Strategies for Senior Living and Transitioning

This session will provide strategies for strengthening your congregation’s mission to support your senior members in areas of program activities and services (seniors on the go); health & wellness, including Alzheimer’s; and preparing for life’s transition and death (advance care planning). This session will also provide leaders with skill-building strategies on starting a conversation about End-of-Life and What steps are necessary to use the Essential “Ps” effectively — Plan, Prepare, Pray and Have Peace.

  • Facilitator: Dr. Johnnie Ray Youngblood, Executive Pastor, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
  • Tina R. Thomas, MS, BA, Certified Dementia Practitioner, Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, Richmond, VA
  • Cynthia Finch, Founder, New Direction Healthcare Solutions, Knoxville, TN
  • Dr. Stacey Edwards-Dunn, Executive Minister – Community Engagement & Transformation, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
  • Rodney Evans, Senior Pastor, Greater Grace Community Missionary Baptist Church, Wingate, NC.