WORKSHOPSThursday, November 21, 2019

Concurrent Workshop Sessions

12:30pm – 2:00pm with Lunch

Workshop A1

Location: Symphony 1

Journey to Diagnosis: Recognize the Red Flag Symptoms of a Commonly Misdiagnosed Disease

Description: Join us to hear from a hereditary ATTR (hATTR) amyloidosis expert and two patients living with this rare genetic condition. Learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms early.

Ravi Karra, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
Cece, a patient living with hATTR amyloidosis
Rick, a patient living with hATTR amyloidosis

Sponsored by Alnylam

Workshop A2

Location: Symphony 2

A Voice for the Voiceless: You Say I Have Lupus…Let Me Tell You What That Really Means

Description: Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which this “autoimmune” activity can cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body. It is characterized by flares and periods of remission. Patients with lupus often minimize the effect lupus has on their lives. Hear from a lupus warrior who hid her symptoms from the church until the disease would no longer allow her to do so. 1) When the shock silences you 2)The dis-ease forced an adjustment 3)The diagnosis of the disease doesn’t define who I am 4)Living LOUD with Lupus. Learn how lupus can affect the body, and how to live with the changes that can occur. You will hear candid information how lupus affects our community and you will be introduced to, a resource for warriors, friends and their families. Learn how you can take an active role in your community and for your community.

Keva Brooks Napper, Executive Director, Beautiful Butterflies, Lupus Warrior
Arnita Roberts-Christie, RN, BSN, MS, GSK Patient Engagement Liaison
Aliciee Griffith, RN, BS, BA, GSK Patient Engagement Liaison

Sponsored by GSK

Workshop A3

Location: Symphony 3

Standing in the GAAP for African Americans Living with Multiple Myeloma

Description: Workshop with African American community leaders to discuss and obtain feedback on ways to spread the word and best media channels to raise awareness on how multiple myeloma affects African Americans differently.

Kimberly Alexander, a caregiver to her husband NFL player Elijah Alexander

Sponsored by Celgene

Workshop A4

Location: Mecklenburg 1

What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer

Description: In the US alone, approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer and African American women die from breast cancer at a higher rate than other groups. Join us for an interactive, inspiring and educational session. Hear one survivor’s journey to thriving after breast cancer. Also learn about screening guidelines, the impact of breast density, 3D mammo and the latest tests that are available.

Angelica S. Robinson, MD, is a board-certified radiologist and Associate Professor of
Radiology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB).
Carmen Marshall, a 15-year breast cancer survivor,

Sponsored by GE Healthcare

Workshop A5

Location: Mecklenburg 2

A Better You: Medicare Workshop/Fuel Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

Description: Kick start your day with 83-year old fitness guru Ernestine Shepherd and Medicare expert, Rita Tolbert of UnitedHealthcare. During this dynamic presentation, Ms. Tolbert explains the nuts and bolts of Medicare and Ms. Shepherd shares tips for health and longevity! Join us for an engaging and informative session aimed at repositioning healthcare conversations from “the scary unknown” to a topic that is seamlessly integrated into one’s holistic life. The workshop concludes with an opportunity for attendees to ask questions and an opportunity to bring this informative NO COST presentation to your own congregations and communities.

Ernestine Shepherd, Fitness Guru
Rita Tolbert, Director of Multicultural Marketing, UnitedHealth Group
Hopkins, MN

Sponsored by UnitedHealthcare

Workshop A6

Location: Mecklenburg 3

Young, Gifted, Black and Complex! Creating A Healthy Young Adult Ministry!

Description: In today’s fast-paced, social media-driven world, the need for faith communities to understand the complexities of younger generations is imperative. Today’s young adults, in particular, fully embrace their uniqueness and multiple modes of self-expression, including healthy choices. Not only do young adults provide opportunities for growth and diversity within the congregations, they often rely on their faith and spirituality to guide them.
As a result, awareness regarding inter-generational relationships has become an important issue for faith leaders and congregations. The realities of diverse religious ideologies, lifestyles, and societal needs of young adults – from institutions, religious leaders, culture, peers, and family – influences the beautiful complexities of today’s young adults, who are moving into leading our congregations and society.

This workshop will explore how society, life experiences, as well as generational dynamics, influence one’s religious beliefs and practices. We will identify opportunities for faith communities to create safe spaces and programs for young adults, which support them in areas most critical to their health, spirituality and personal development.

Cary L. Goodman, Program Consultant, The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Rev. E. Taylor Doctor, MDiv, Director of Programs, National Black Justice Coalition
Washington, DC
Tyesha Peak, Member, The Park Church, Charlotte, NC
Rev. J. C. Howard, Pastor, House of Hope, Macon, GA

2:15pm – 3:45pm

Workshop B1

Location: Symphony 1

Overview of Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy

Description: Transthyretin Amyloid Cardiomyopathy (ATTR-CM) is a rare, systemic disease that can affect several organs including the heart. In this session, an overview of the different types of cardiac amyloidosis will be provided, including a focus on hereditary ATTR-CM, which disproportionately affects African Americans. This session will also review the epidemiology, mechanism of the disease, signs, symptoms and diagnostic tools for ATTR-CM.

Patrick J. Feron MS, PA-C, Field Medical Director
Pfizer Rare Disease Amyloidosis Therapeutic Team

Sponsored by Pfizer

Workshop B2

Location: Symphony 2

Prostate Cancer: Understanding The Challenges, Empowering Yourself

Dr. Simon Blanc, MD (Medical Oncologist)

Sponsored by Janssen

Workshop B3

Location: Symphony 3

Religion as a Social Determinant of Health: Addressing, Faith, Food, and Fitness in the National Diabetes Prevention Program

Description: This session will discuss the burden of prediabetes in the United States, the four pillars of health, religion as a social determinant of health, and lessons learned from national organizations implementing the National Diabetes Prevention Program in faith-based settings.

Magon M. Saunders, DHSc, MS, RDN, LD, Program Development Consultant,
Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
Atlanta, GA

Workshop B4

Location: Mecklenburg 1

Black Women, Cervical Cancer & What YOU Need To Know

Description: Cervical cancer affects more than 13,000 women worldwide annually. Of the close to 2,000 Black women diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, over 40 percent will die. This is unacceptable. Cervical cancer is one of the most preventable types of cancer, and women can be screened for it with routine Pap & HPV tests. This session will bring awareness to cervical cancer, HPV (human papillomavirus) and why your health ministry needs to focus on changing this health disparity. All cancers are serious and critical. We must begin to talk about cervical cancer just as much as we do all others.

Tamika Felder, Chief Visionary of Cervivor; Cancer survivor and award-winning women’s health advocate
Sherrie Flynt Wallington, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Health Disparities and Oncology, The George Washington School of Nursing, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Washington, DC

Sponsored by Roche

Workshop B5

Location: Mecklenburg 2

The ABC’s of Nutrition “connecting Divinity, Humanity & Ecology”

Description: The Nutrition Education 101 class teaches the basic principles of nutrition including descriptions and functions of nutrients, digestion, absorption, and channels of elimination. Participants learn about nutritional requirements, dietary guidelines, and the role of nutrition in health and disease. In addition, topics such as hypertension, cholesterol, and diabetes causes and prevention are highlighted. They are also introduced to healthy eating, food security resources and programs, and the concept of “Waste FREE nutrition,” as a way to make healthful foods affordable and accessible to consumers. Foods are organized according to 3 colors of nutritious food groups; this workshop reviews the nutritional value, benefits, and uses of foods. In this class, participants will learn categories of foods with high nutritional value to include life-extending antioxidants and fiber content. Getting the most out of these foods enables participants to watch their waistline shrink. These foods help to lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Participants will also learn how to explore the educational and skill-building activities centered around navigating health and nutrition benefits, reducing wasted food through streamlined buying and safe storage; using holistic nutrition strategies like gardening for physical activity and stress management, new recipes for healthy lifestyles, and composting for a healthy environment.

Alice Freeman, Founder & Director, Healthy Heart Plus; Nutritionist, Board Certified Naturopath, Diabetic Educator, Raw Food Chef

Workshop B6

Location: Mecklenburg 3

Faith-Based Out-Reach Strategies to Generate Healthier Lifestyles in Church and Community

Description: The approach to health ministry is unlimited. In this session, we will uncover and discuss effective ways to assess and address the needs of the people in pews and the surrounding community.

Rev. Gay Tompson-Steele, Pastor of Faith Mission, Christian Fellowship Church, in Camarillo, California
Rev. Sandra Gripper, Pastor, Faith Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Charlotte, NC
Rev. Twanna Henderson, First Lady, New Beginnings Community Outreach Church, Mint Hill, NC

4:00pm – 5:30pm

Workshop C1

Location: Symphony 1

Cardiac Amyloidosis: More Common Than You Think

Description: This workshop will focus on educating health ministries about hATTR
amyloidosis and unique barriers of diagnosis for individuals of West African descent.

Experts in the field will address the following:
• Disease symptoms and risk factors
• Understanding the effects of Amyloidosis on the Heart Current methods of treatment for the disease
• Genetic testing barriers in communities of West African descent
• Best practices for health ministry engagement in disease state awareness, early diagnosis, and genetic testing.

John M. Fontaine, MD, MBA
Professor of Medicine, Director Arrhythmia Services
Drexel University College of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA

Kevin M. Alexander, MD
Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Sponsored by Association of Black Cardiologists

Workshop C2

Location: Symphony 2

Faith-based Tools for Breaking the Silence on Mental Illness in the Black Church — A Road Map to Service!

Description: Mental health is quickly becoming recognized as a significant public health concern in the United States. Recent estimates indicate that 1 in 5 adults or approximately 44 million adults currently live with a mental illness. Despite the widespread prevalence of mental illnesses, few places of worship are equipped to provide timely and appropriate support for congregants experiencing mental health concerns. This 90-minute workshop will provide an overview of best practices for developing and implementing mental health ministries that provide mental health education, support, and referrals for congregants experiencing mental health concerns. At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Define emotional wellness and mental illness.
  • Describe ways to promote mental health awareness within places of worship.
  • Describe ways to promote emotional wellness within places of worship.
  • Identify best practices for linking individuals to mental health services.

Tiffany Haynes, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health

Workshop C3

Location: Symphony 3

All In The Family: Preventing Diseases When It Is In Your Bloodline

Description: When faced with a family history of sickness and disease, we often take the stance that it is a part of our genetic makeup and there’s nothing we can do about it. However, we rarely consider the root of familiar sickness – generational strongholds. Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob show you how to use biblical principles to uncover, root out, and eliminate generational strongholds in your life. You will leave this workshop with the confidence that even with a strong history of chronic illness in your family you can prosper in divine health just as your soul prospers. 3 John 1:2.

Dr. Robert C. Robinson, III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD, Husband and wife team, founders of Urban Housecall Health Media Group

Workshop C4

Location: Mecklenburg 1

Is Religion/Spirituality Good (or bad) For Our Health?

Description: This engaging workshop will include dynamic panelists and experts for a well-rounded discussion on the influence of religion/spirituality (positive and negative) on the health of the African-American community. Attendees will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the major role of religion/spirituality on both physical and mental health and how religion/spirituality can be integrated into health promotion. The session will conclude with an open discussion on how to reposition religion/spirituality for the health benefit of patients, communities, and society as a whole. Learning objectives:

By the end of this activity, participants should be able to:
• Discuss the positive and negative effects of religion/spirituality on the physical and mental health of the African-American community.
• Recognize the crucial role of religion/spirituality in health care and medicine.
• Examine religion/spirituality as a social determinant of health to advance the health of individuals and communities.

LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester MN
Janice Bowie, DrPH, MPH, Professor, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Reverend Debra Hickman, Co-founder/CEO, Sisters Together And Reaching, Inc. (STAR), Baltimore, MN
Al Richmond, Executive Director, Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, Raleigh, NC

Sponsored by Mayo Clinic

Workshop C5

Location: Mecklenburg 2

ALL HANDS ON DECK! Ending the HIV Epidemic in the Black Community by 2030 Will Take ALL of Us

Description: Earlier this year (2019), the Department of Health and Human Services announced a bold new initiative to facilitate the development of plans, roadmaps, and strategies to fund and implement new enhanced program services to end the HIV epidemic in America. Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America targets 48 counties and seven states. Large populations of African Americans live in many of these counties and are over-represented with high rates of HIV. This workshop will discuss this new initiative, present ideas and opportunities for engagement, and suggest new avenues for ending the epidemic in Black America.

Marsha A. Martin, DSW, Community Convener, Oakland Fact Track Cities HIV Initiative;
AIDS 2020 Local Steering Committee, Oakland, CA
Sable K. Nelson, JD, Division Director, Office of Health Equity, Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, VA

Workshop C6

Location: Mecklenburg 3

The Black Maternal Health Crisis

Description: African American mothers and their infants are dying at alarming rates all across the country. Persistent health inequities and the continued lack of quality maternal health care for minority women have created a major crisis among Black women. This engaging session will discuss the following:

  • Current rates and trends of infant and maternal mortality among African Americans
  • Unique challenges within African American families, communities, and the healthcare system that lead to poor maternal health outcomes
  • What can congregations, community-based organizations, and others do to address these challenges to improve maternal health for African American women and their families

Jeretha McKinley, BA
, National Program Director, HealthConnect One, Atlanta, GA