11:15 AM – 12:45 PM
Workshop Sessions A1-A6
Workshop A1: Understanding the Importance of Adult Immunizations: Pneumonia Vaccines
Sponsored by: Pfizer
Presenter: Dr. Otha Myles, MD, Infectious Disease Specialist, Mercy Hospital, St Louis, Myles Medical Consulting, Inc.
Description: Session will discuss the importance of adult immunizations with a specific focus on pneumonia vaccines and their role in the prevention of pneumococcal disease. This informative workshop will also discuss common myths and misinformation about vaccines and how to encourage at risk communities to increase awareness about immunizations and disease prevention.
WORKSHOP A2: Enhancing Conversations in Clinical Trials
Sponsored by: Association of Black Cardiologists
Location: Lady Davis
Co-Presenters: Michael O. Minor, EdD, National Director, H.O.P.E. Health and Human Services Partnership, National Baptist Convention, Hernando, MS, and Andrea L. Phillips, MD, Family Physician, Phillips Medical Services, PLLC, Jackson, MS
Description: Session will address the longstanding underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials. Workshop discussion topics will include the frequently asked questions and concerns around clinical trials, how to address and overcome objections to clinical trial participation, useful tools to facilitate minority participation in clinical research, and framing the clinical trial message from the pulpit.
WORKSHOP A3: Faith Based Tools for Having End of Life Conversations
Presenter: Cynthia Finch, Founder, New Direction HealthCare Solutions, Knoxville, TN
Description: Session will provide faith leaders and others with the information and skills needed to help support individuals who are seriously ill, and their loved ones during the time of life’s transition. Discussion topics will include:
- A Roadmap for pastors to use in conversations about End of Life Issue
- How to support family members as they go through their journey at the point of life transition
- A toolkit to support ministries in developing a Bereavement Ministry
- National resources that are available, and how to identify resources in your community
WORKSHOP A4: Mental Health & The Church
Presenter #1: Phyllis Jackson, RN, Community Wellness Project Manager with Common Ground Health
Title: The Road Less Travelled; Intergrading Faith and Mental Health in the African American Church
Description: Physical, spiritual, and mental health is a “Spiritual Matter” and that wellness interventions should be applied at all stages of the lifespan. The lack of knowledge about mental health, and thus effective interventions, in the African American church and community has led to a rise in undiagnosed and devastating health consequences and disparities. Complex social and health problems are driven (and affected) by multiple causes (determinants) and require collaboration of multiple community systems, faith traditions, as well as professional/academic disciplines. Renewing of the Mind (ROM) is such a collaboration. ROM is a model, of a faith, university, and community partnership, that addresses mental health and wellness from a combined faith, medical, and social perspective. The goal of this session is for participants to gain knowledge to:
- Strengthen relationships and dialogue in the church among those who care about mental health.
- Increase understanding of the church’s role in bringing about the integration of faith and medicine in mental health interventions.
- Enhance faith -based and community efforts that address health disparities,
- Offer educational opportunities to strength awareness, understanding and advocacy about mental health wellness and “Dis” ease
- Empower and equip people to support resiliency by providing knowledge about potential referrals
- Obtain feedback on the curriculum and track participants learning and impact on mental health in their faith community
Presenter #2: Dr. Triesta Fowler, Medical Officer, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Title: Moms’ Mental Health Matters: An Evidence- Based Initiative to Address Perinatal Depression and Anxiety
Description: About 1 in 9 women experiences postpartum depressive symptoms and many more women remain undiagnosed. Research indicates that depressive symptoms can occur outside of the postpartum period and include other mental health conditions, such as anxiety. Moms’ Mental Health Matters (MMHM) was developed by a national coalition of maternal and child health organizations led by the National Child & Maternal Health Education Program (NCMHEP) within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The initiative uses evidence-based materials to raise awareness of depression and anxiety during and after pregnancy, the signs of these conditions, and the importance of getting help.
WORKSHOP A5: Addressing Cultural Stigmas and Barriers to Better Health Choices in an African American Faith Based Organization
Presenter: Geraldine Peacock BSN, MBA, Co-Director of Apostolic Faith Church Health Ministry
Description: Purpose of this presentation is to highlight different health promotion programming and the effect of spirituality to health outcome in a FBO, Apostolic Faith Church (AFC), predominately AA community in Chicago Illinois. This analysis narrates how barriers and stigmas are overcome by employing health interventions of AFC’s Health Professions Ministry (HPM). Aligned with AFC’s mission, HPM has worked in local and international communities’ sharing the message of Christ and assisting, ending health inequities; medically, socially, and spiritually.
WORKSHOP A6: Building the capacity of faith-based communities to engage in health research initiatives
Presenter: Dr. Paris Davis, Executive Director, Triedstone Full Gospel Baptist Church
Description: Racial and ethnic disparities in health and health care exist in US communities and collaboration of communities and academic institutions are important to increase public awareness and engagement in promoting health equity. To address these challenges, Pastors for Patient Centered Outcomes Research (P4P), a grassroots partnership, is dedicated to inform, inspire and engage communities in health research. Funded by the Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington Award, P4P contributes to PCORI’s goal of doing research differently and to address the health priorities of patients, caregivers and their loved ones living with health conditions in diverse communities.