The Balm In Gilead To Honor 2020 Best Practice Award Winners During Virtual Conference
Honorees to Be Celebrated in Virtual Ceremony During Healthy Churches 2030 National Conference November 16 – 19, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. (October 16, 2020) – The Balm In Gilead, Inc. has announced category winners for the 2020 Best Practice Health Ministry Awards. Recipients will be honored during the star-studded Best Practice Health Ministry Award virtual ceremony Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 7 pm ET; held during the Healthy Churches 2030 National Conference. The Best Practice Health Ministry Awards recognizes extraordinary faith-based partnerships, health outreach, and services supporting African American communities within rural and urban areas. Grammy award-winning artist, vocalist, songwriter, musician, producer, and arranger, Fred Hammond, will end the evening with a concert.
“The Best Practice Award is a celebratory representation of a collective effort to confront health disparities and create prevention models within the Black community,” said Dr. Pernessa C. Seele, Founder, and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. “In harmony with this year’s theme, our awardees have worked within their communities to implement strategies that build the Black health Agenda for the new decade. We are proud to honor the impact of each awardee’s effort to eliminate health disparities within the African American community, collectively.”
The Balm In Gilead will present Best Practice Awards to nine congregational-based health ministries and organizations from across the United States. The 2020 Best Practice Award recipients include:
- Greater Mount Nebo A.M.E. Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor)
- New Hope AME Zion Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Eugene Branham, Pastor)
- Christ Way Missionary Baptist Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Thomas Baker, Pastor)
- Watts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Dr. Harry L. White Jr., Pastor)
- Carter Temple C.M.E. Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Dr. Joseph B. Gordon, Pastor)
- Greater Love Tabernacle, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Bishop William E. Dickerson II, Pastor)
- Friendship Baptist Church, Best Practice Award for Excellence in Health Outreach (Rev. Dr. Norwood G. Carson, Pastor)
- Ascender Films Inc., Best Practice Special Recognition Award (Paul Grant, Senior Producer & Chief Creative Officer)
- National Birth Equity Collaborative (NBEC), Best Practice Award for Excellence in Addressing Health Equity (Dr. Joia Crear Perry, Founder, and President)
The Healthy Churches 2030 National Conference speaker roster includes nationally renowned faith and public health leaders; such as leader in biopharmaceuticals Dr. Freda Lewis-Hall; Mt. Ennon Baptist Church senior pastor Rev. Dr. Delman L. Coates; mental health advocate Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child; Mayo Clinic College of Medicine professor Dr. LaPrincess C. Brewer, MPH; Grammy award-winning gospel artist Fred Hammond; and many more.
The upcoming Healthy Churches 2030 National Conference also features content from elite sponsors. Diamond sponsors AARP, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc., Amgen Inc., Biogen Inc., Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., Silver sponsors Astellas Pharma Inc., Pfizer Rare Disease, Roche, and Bronze sponsor Mayo Clinic.
Best Practice Health Ministry Award virtual ceremony and concert is included with each annual conference registration. Healthy Churches 2030 National Conference offers group registration at $25 per person for groups of twenty or more and $75 for individuals. Registration for this year’s virtual conference closes November 9, 2020. To register and learn more about the conference, visit healthychurches2030.org.
About Healthy Churches Conference 2030
Healthy Churches 2030 (HC2030) is an annual conference designed to bridge faith and public health and address health disparities among African American communities. Healthy Churches 2030 Conference is the only nationally recognized conference that provides vital learnings and capacity development through training on healthcare models, nutrition, funding opportunities, and evaluation presented by leaders in scientific research, clinicians skilled in nutritional medicine, including experts on food and healthcare innovation. To learn more, visit healthychurches2030conference.org.
About The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Founded in 1989, The Balm In Gilead, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, has developed an international reputation for providing an insightful understanding of religious cultures, values, and extraordinary abilities to build strong, trusted partnerships with faith communities throughout the world. By working with national, regional, and local faith-based partners, we establish grass-roots health delivery systems and increase the number of individuals who have the knowledge to lead in areas of health promotion, disease prevention, screening, and disease management. To learn more, visit balmingilead.org.