Session A:  9:00 am – 12 noon

Session A1:  For Pastors & Ministers Only: Pastoral Health

Description: An interactive, in-depth look at the life of a Pastor: the spiritual, emotional, and physical tools for overcoming the challenges of your calling and building a ministry of healing and wholeness for your congregation and community.

Session A2:  Tools for Establishing an Effective Health Ministry

Description: 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

Session A3:  Tools for Evaluating Faith Based Health Programs

Description: The main goal of this interactive session is to increase the understanding of the importance of evaluating programs and provide basic tools to effectively implement evaluation. If you are in the process of conducting a health-related program in your congregation or thinking of implementing one, this workshop provides you with important tools to assist you in:

Viewing all the components of your program to see how they are connected and what results are likely based on the activities planned:
a. Determining which important program features should be measured
b. Identifying aspects of the program that may need tweaking to enable greater effectiveness
c. Describing the program participants and their rationale for involvement in the program
e. Reporting on program implementation fidelity –  a reporting requirement for some funders
f.  Documenting and reporting on program activities to funders and interested others.

Session A4:  Transformational Leadership in Health for Christian Educators 

This session will examine the moral authority and transformational leadership of Jesus to identify strategies, motivation and role models to inspire Christians to take greater ownership of their health. Christian educators will learn how to help others take action to change their lifestyles and to align their faith and beliefs with biblical principles regarding health and wholeness and one’s enhanced spiritual life.

Session A5:  Brain Health Matters! Cognitive Health Issues in African Americans

For Nurses and Health Practitioners Only! (Must attend both Part I & II)

Description: Cognitive impairment, encompasses a variety of dementias from various causes, and is becoming an increasingly important public health challenge and given the projected increases in population size and the changes in the population profile, is likely to become an even more significant burden on the purse strings of the public. Alzheimer’s Disease, one the most common forms of cognitive impairment is the 4th leading cause of death for African Americans.  Minorities are also at greater risk for developing other types of dementia.  As health professionals, nurses play an important role in the public health landscape. For the most part, they hold the line between the physician and their patient as they have greater flexibility with respect to their functions are likely to spend more time interacting with patients and their care givers, providing knowledge and translating physician directives into easily understood instructions.


Session II:  2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Session A:  Brain Health Matters! Cognitive Health Issues in African Americans Part II

Description: See Session I: Part I.

Session B:  Biblical Theology for Health and Wholeness

Description: What biblical texts, health disparities or social issues lend themselves to enhancing health ministries in the African American congregations? Using hermeneutical principles, this session will look at the Bible in relation to the topics of disease, death, healing, health and wholeness.

Session C:  Fundamentals of Grant Writing for Faith-Based Health Programs, Including Obtaining a 501(c)3

Description: 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 discussed, 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.

Session D:  Data Collection Methods for Faith Based Health Programming

Description: The main goal of this interactive workshop is to increase understanding of the different types of information that can be produced by a program and how this data can be used to document program progress and results.

This 3-hour workshop is designed to provide you with:
a.  Answers to questions about the types of data to be collected
b.   The where and when of data collection
c.  Several methods for collecting data from your faith-based health program
d.  Strategies for analyzing data

Session F:  Black Church 101: Tools for Building Partnerships with African American Congregations to Address Health Disparities.

While a lack of awareness, access, and utilization of health services is an issue, African-Americans continue to have strong religious beliefs and often rely on their ‘faith’ regarding health decisions and behaviors.  As the most influential institution in African American life and culture, faith communities have an important responsibility in addressing health disparities and thus, partnering with public health organizations to meet the health needs of the African Americans. This session is designed to help public health leaders and healthcare professionals understand the historical and cultural significance of the black church in African American communities; the role of faith in the lives of African Americans; and strategies on how to create strong partnerships and work with faith leaders and congregations as a vehicle to promote, facilitate, and address health issues among African Americans in a meaningful and impactful way

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

DESCRIPTION: African Americans and other minority groups continue to be underrepresented in 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 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:

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