What is the Best Practice Awards:

The Balm In Gilead will present Best Practice Awards to nine congregational-based health ministries and organizations from across the United States. The selected churches are recognized as doing extraordinary work in health promotion and working to change health outcomes among their church members and the community that they serve.

Why were these Awardees Chosen:

Our best practice awardees are selected based on the commitment of their ministry to providesustainable efforts and activities designed and implemented to specifically change bothcommunity and individual health outcomes among African Americans. As more AfricanAmerican churches become aware and committed to the role their congregations can play inreducing health disparities, our selection process of only seven congregations becomes moredifficult. The overall success story is more and more African American congregations arestepping into their critical role of becoming a community hub for health promotion andengagement.

Special Guest:

Fred Hammond- Grammy Award winning artist as a gifted vocalist, songwriter, musician,producer and arranger


● Greater Mount Nebo AME Church, Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor

● New Hope AME Zion Church, Rev. Eugene Branham, Pastor

● Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas Baker, Pastor

● Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Harry L. White Jr., Pastor

● Carter Temple C.M.E. Church, Rev. Dr. Joseph B. Gordon, Pastor

● Greater Love Tabernacle, Bishop William E. Dickerson II, Pastor

● Friendship Baptist Church, Rev. Dr. Norwood G. Carson, Pastor

● Paul Grant, Senior Producer & Chief Creative Officer of Ascender Films, Inc

● National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC),Dr. Joia Crear Perry, Founder and President


Best Practice Award For Excellence in Health Outreach

Best Practice Special Recognition Award

Best Practice Award for Excellence in Addressing Health Equity