11:15 AM – 12:45 PM

Workshop Sessions A1-A6

Workshop A1: Understanding the Importance of Adult Immunizations: Pneumonia Vaccines

Sponsored by: Pfizer

Location: Elliot

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

Location: Drayton

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

Location: Heyward 

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

Location: Jasmine

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

Location: Hibiscus

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.

1:00 PM —   2:30 PM

Workshop Sessions B1-B6

WORKSHOP B1: Diabetes Prevention and Education

Sponsored by: Novo Nordisk

Location: Elliot

Presenter: Terri Bury, RD, LDN, CDE, Registered Dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Educator 

Description: Diabetes is a complex, chronic illness requiring continuous medical care with multifactorial risk-reduction strategies beyond glycemic control. Ongoing patient self-management education and support are critical to preventing acute complications and reducing the risk of long-term complications. Significant evidence exists that supports a range of interventions to improve diabetes outcomes. The ADA’s “Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes,” is intended to provide clinicians, patients, researchers, payers, and other interested individuals with the components of diabetes care, general treatment goals, and tools to evaluate the quality of care.


WORKSHOP B2:  Understanding HPV and Cervical Cancer: The Role of Cervical Cancer Screening

Sponsored by Roche

Location: Lady Davis
Presenter:  Tamika Felder, Cervical cancer survivor, Founder of Cervivor

This session will discuss cervical cancer and African Americans; the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) and cervical cancer; and the changing screening guidelines. The workshop will offer participants the chance to hear from two women affected by cervical cancer and their efforts to educate others about the effect of the disease in their communities. This session also will address the role of faith communities in challenging stigma around HPV and empowering women to discuss HPV and cervical cancer screening
with their healthcare providers. Participants will discuss evidence- based prevention interventions implemented by faith-based
organizations that have proven effective in mobilizing African Americans in preventing HPV and cervical cancer.
Americans in preventing HPV and cervical cancer.


WORKSHOP B3: The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) Program: Core Elements, Adoption, and Reach in South Carolina Churches

Location: Drayton

Presenter: Dr. Sara Wilcox, University of South Carolina, Ms. Deborah Kinnard and Ms. Jessica Stucker, University of South Carolina 

Description:  Racial and ethnic minorities experience disproportionate chronic health conditions. Physical activity (PA) and healthy eating reduce risks for these conditions. Faith-based organizations have great potential for delivering health

promotion messages that are culturally and spiritually tailored, increasing impact. The Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) Program was developed and evaluated in partnership with the 7th Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church. Consistent with the theoretical model, it was shown to increase messages, opportunities, pastor support, and policies for PA and healthy eating at the church level and to increase PA and fruit and vegetable in members.


Adoption of FAN has been high, and the program has been positively received by churches. The flexible approach has great potential for widespread dissemination, implementation, and sustainability in diverse SC churches.  These interactive session will cover the following:

  1. Describe an approach to promoting physical activity and healthy eating in churches that emphasizes policy, systems, and environmental changes.
  2. Define dissemination and implementation.
  3. Demonstrate how to identify program materials for the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program.
  4. Provide concrete examples of activities that are consistent with the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition program’s emphasis on creating opportunities, sharing messages, setting guidelines/policies, and enlisting pastor support


WORKSHOP B4: Joint Pain and Arthritis among African Americans

Location: Heyward

Co-Presenters: Willis Steele, M.Div., Movement is Life Executive Steering Committee, Patient Advocacy Government Affairs Lead, and Tamara Huff, MD, Orthopaedic Surgeon, St. Francis Orthopaedic Institute, Columbus, GA 

Description: Are you a hostage to your joint pain? Osteoarthritis (OA), especially in the knees, can lead to a Vicious Cycle of limited mobility, lack of activity, and obesity. Osteoarthritis can also cause you to move less and less, place you at risk for depression, lead to serious conditions of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. This a discussion and journey will addresses Joint Pain, Arthritis, and the realities about how to manage them. The “Start Moving Start Living” approach can create positive results in the form of increased activity, greater mobility, less chronic pain and start moving towards better health. So many people experience limited mobility due to joint pain, and this often leads to being overweight or obese, diabetes, heart disease, depression and other related health issues. We can break the cycle of pain and weight gain, and “Start Moving”. Join with people like you who want to learn how to start moving, keep moving, and improve your health.


WORKSHOP B5: Emergency Preparedness – Congregation Readiness!

Location: Jasmine

Presenter: American Red Cross

Description: This interactive workshop will provide tools to congregations on how to prepare as an institution, as well as how to prepare individuals to build a kit for disaster; how to plan and stay informed during emergencies; Participants will learn about hazards most likely to affect their community and appropriate responses; local emergency response plans, drills and exercises; how to build teams and identify local partners.


WORKSHOP B6: Trauma Informed Care and the Faith Community

Location: Hibiscus

Presenter #1: Dr. Alice Ferrell, JD, LCSW, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Springfield, MA

Title: Faith, Schools and Communities Addressing Disparities through Trauma Informed Care

Description: Training will focus on sharing the importance of developing working relationships and establishing partnerships between the Faith community, Medical and Behavioral Health Provider systems, Non Traditional support systems and Schools to systematically promote the elimination of intimate partner violence within the context of a public health framework and under the overarching theme of promoting health equity and eliminating disparities. It will include sharing of literature on intimate partner violence from multi-faith perspective; current trend in the area of creating trauma informed schools and environments across the nation; sharing of case scenarios that reflect the intersection of faith ministries and holistic care and exploration of spirituality in relation to intimate partner violence. It will speak to key elements in providing support, resources and safety planning to victims while addressing the various roles of the system in regard to perpetrators.


Presenter #2: Michelle Spencer, Family & Community Health Nurse Clinical Faculty, University of Maryland, Randallstown, MD

Title: A New Paradigm: Preparing the Faith Community to Become Trauma- Informed 

Description: Trauma is described as an adverse event or series of events that cause severe physical and psychological stress reactions. An alarming 70% of the adult population has experienced some type of trauma, with most having occurred during childhood. These traumatic experiences can have a profound and lasting impact on the physical, mental, behavioral, social, and spiritual well-being of the individual. The faith community is often the first place people seek comfort, support and spiritual guidance during times of suffering. Faith communities are well positioned to assist with supporting victims of trauma and building resilience. To be effective, faith communities must be trauma-informed. Trauma informed congregations recognize the signs of trauma, have policies and programs that aim to prevent re-traumatization, promote safety and build resiliency. This presentation will serve as guide for faith communities and faith leaders to establish trauma informed congregations where healing can take place. Findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences study (ACEs) will be discussed and specific evidence- based strategies that faith leaders can use to promote emotional healing and build resiliency will be discussed.

2:45 PM —   4:15 PM

Workshop Sessions C1-C6

WORKSHOP C1: Faith-based Best Practices: Integrated approaches to sexual health, HIV/AIDS, Intimate Partner Violence

Sponsored by ViiV

Location: Lady Davis

Presenter #1: Sheila Sullivan, Program Manager, AGAPE, Cleveland, OH

Title: Integrated HIV/STD & Domestic Violence Programs in Faith-based Settings

Description: This workshop will provide a look at what a Trauma Informed Program looks like in practice and what basic components are needed to develop one in your church or community. This will be accomplished by providing information on what DV/IPV is, identifying what DV/IPV looks like to the women and youth they want to serve, and understanding how Trauma Informed Care works.


Presenter #2: Chery Kwame, CDC Health Advisor, Atlanta, GA

Title: Leading with Faith to Address HIV in our Communities  

Description: HIV remains a persistent problem for the United States (US), affecting about 1.1 million people, and of those, 1 in 7 (15%) are unaware of their infection. African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV in the United States. Faith-based organizations (FBOs) play a vital role in a community’s health. These organizations are often the link between those who are most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach and the health services they need. FBOs have a long standing history of and continued commitment to mobilizing their communities to address HIV and other public health concerns and many are already actively engaged in HIV prevention activities. As part of ongoing efforts by The Balm in Gilead, the Act Against AIDS Initiative (AAA) and other partners to engage FBOs in HIV Prevention activities, Mr. Chery will present on the importance of faith communities being actively involved in HIV prevention and the resources and support that is available through AAA and its faith partners. During the conversation, community resources will spark open dialogue about:

  • Prevailing myths about HIV.
  • The difficulties of living with a positive diagnosis.
  • The role(s) faith leaders can play in prevention and care.
  • Resources that are available to the faith community.


WORKSHOP C2: Faith-based Best Practices: Programs to address Food Access, Physical Activity, and Nutrition

Location: Elliot

Presenter #1: Dr. Val Traore, CEO, Food Bank of South New Jersey

Title: Utilizing Food Banks to Reduce Hunger and Improve Health in Your Community 

Description: At the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ), our primary responsibility is to ensure that we provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger in our community, and we do that by providing nutritious food, teaching basic and healthy cooking techniques, and helping children, families, seniors, and the food insecure to find sustainable ways to improve their lives. Our work is supported by a network of over 250+ partner agencies of which 85 percent include faith-based organizations. These partnerships create crucial resource opportunities for enriching the health and wellness of the communities we support in ways that go well beyond simply feeding the hungry. This presentation will help attendees understand how to create a successful partnership with their local food bank to increase and enrich their health-based initiatives using examples of programs and services that FBSJ successfully manages with support from their faith-based agencies including the Healthy Living Initiative Nutrition Education programs, After School Kids Meals programs, Summer Meals programs, Senior Twilight Harvest programs, and much more. The opportunity to cultivate a powerful relationship with a resource that already exists is an invaluable means by which we can create healthy, enriched, and successful communities together. This presentation will shine a light on that opportunity and help spark new ideas that attendees can utilize in their own unique initiatives.


Presenter #2: Dr. Sade Lasaki, Professor, School of Medicine, Creighton University, Omaha, NE
Title: Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health: The Omaha Nebraska Model

Description: This presentation will discuss and highlight the successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the REACH project in Omaha Nebraska which emphasizes the use of faith-based health ambassadors and to address health disparities. In 2014, the presenter used existing community-academic partnership to establish collaborating partners to promote physical activity for Omaha African Americans. Partners in turn recruited lay “ambassadors” that were trained to encourage “movement” in faith-based organizations, low-income housing, community healthcare centers, and youth-serving organizations. Through it robust community partnerships, Creighton University Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (CU-REACH) guided creation of policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes coordinated with lay-health ambassadors’ work in resource-poor communities to promote physical activity.


WORKSHOP C3: Collaborative Approaches to Addressing Alzheimer’s Disease

Location: Drayton

Presenter: Marshawn Brown, National Program Director, Alzheimer’s Association

Title:  Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body:  Tips from the Latest Research

Description: For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement; and leave prepared to incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

  • Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to
  • Identify the reasons for taking care of themselves as they age
  • List strategies to help them age well in the following areas:
    • Cognitive activity
    • Physical health and exercise
    • Diet and nutrition
    • Social engagement

Presenter #2:  Dr. Allison Holt, University of Kentucky, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Markeda Yarborough, University of Kentucky, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Lexington, KY

Title:  Faith-based Strategies for Addressing Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s

Description:  Potential memory loss in any environment can be a touchy subject. Among church members, it may be an even greater challenge to address. If there is to be meaningful progress toward early diagnosis and treatment of memory disorders in the African-American community, equipping health ministers with the knowledge and background information to begin a discussion in their churches regarding memory loss and issues of aging is an important first step. From participating in this workshop, attendees will gain an understanding of:

  • What memory loss is, how it develops, and how you can prevent it.
  • Treatable causes of memory problems.
  • What is dementia and what is Alzheimer’s disease and how are they treated?
  • How to encourage collaboration between older adults and their primary care providers to address causes of memory loss.
  • What is memory screening and how is it done?
  • Activities will also include an interactive experience: “Walking In the Shoes of an Alzheimer’s Patient”; screening your own memory abilities, brain games, and healthy diet recommendations to support brain functioning


WORKSHOP C4: And We Shall Make a Joyful Noise:  Our Church Too!

Location: Jasmine

Presenter:  Dr. Marsha A. Martin, DSW

Description: This session will review and discuss a faith based positive youth development curriculum in-formation for youth worshippers and their leaders.  The six week program is designed to engage young parishioners and youth leaders in a learning empowerment dialogue of sharing and caring.


WORKSHOP C5: Faith-based Best Practices: Breast Cancer and the Faith Community

Location: Hibiscus

Presenter #1: Rev. Petrina Patterson, Cancer Outreach Coordinator, University Hospital Seidman Cancer Center, Cleveland, OH

Title: Project T.E.M.P.L.E A Breast Health Outreach Program for Women of Color 

Description: This workshop provides participants an opportunity to have an interactive discussion on breast cancer, the importance of early detection, and how the faith community can help play a role to raise awareness about the disparities in death rates among African American women, help advocate for increased community-based screenings, and to provide emotional and spiritual support.


Presenter #2: Rev. Karynthia Glasper-Phillips MSM, Minister Trinity Wholeness Ministries, Nashville, TN

Title: Echoes of Hope: The voice of the Black Church’s’ influence to decrease mortality among women of color diagnosed with breast cancer

Description: The Black church is typically prepared for hospital visits, funeral arrangements, financial assistance and legal issues; however, there appears to be less certainty about how to provide ongoing support to its members who have received a diagnosis that requires various levels of sustained management and care. In particular, they have fewer protocols for giving practical, compassionate, educated support to women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis and their families. This presentation will offer guidance to the questions: How do we make sense of belief in God’s providence in light of suffering. The second question is more specific: How can the Black church provide support to suffering women of color across the trajectory of a breast cancer diagnosis at an increasing rate of 1 in 8 women being diagnosed in your pews? The last question: How does “positive reappraisal” and “social support” decrease morality and impacts breast cancer patients’ by increasing their quality of life?


WORKSHOP C6: Faith-based Best Practices: Effective Coalition Building

Location: Daufuskie

Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Burwell, Norfolk State University, Norfolk VA

Description: Utilizing the thought that “there are strength in numbers”, this workshop will give a look at the significance of churches and organizations coming together for a unified purpose. Through best practices, attendees will have an increased awareness of the fundamentals of establishing effective coalitions, role of advocacy in health promotion, identifying local and national community resources and developing long-term coalition sustainability plans.