The Balm

Faith institutions serving people of African Descent are fully engaged in preventing diseases and improving the health outcomes of those they serve.

The Balm In Gilead, Inc. builds and strengthens the capacity of faith communities in the United States and in the United Republic of Tanzania (East Africa) to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities.

The organization develops educational and training programs specifically designed to establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles, which helps to improve health outcomes of individuals living in urban, rural, and remote communities.

The Healthy Churches 2020 National Campaign, The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative and The National Brain Health Center for African Americans are three unique programs of the Balm In Gilead. These programs deliver science-based, health awareness, understanding and interventions through the tenets of cultural competence to a broad spectrum of African Americans across the United States.

The Balm In Gilead, a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, has developed an international reputation for providing 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.

OUR VISION

Faith institutions serving people of African Descent are fully engaged in preventing diseases and improving the health outcomes of those they serve.

OUR MISSION

The mission of The Balm In Gilead is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of African Descent by providing support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation, and evaluation which strengthens their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities.

OUR VALUES

We believe the most effective response to the alarming rates of health disparities within Black populations is intentional action by both public health and faith communities, characterized by equity, excellence and rooted in a context of competence, compassion, respect and love.

leadership council

Dr. Barbara L. Shaw, Board Chair
Past International President, Women’s Home & Oversees Missionary Society of the AMEZ Church
Past President & Chair, National Council of Negro Women
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Elnora P. Hamb, Board Secretary
Past International President, The Women’s Missionary Society of the CME Church
Chicago, IL

Charles Owens
Richmond, VA

Erline Belton, Board Chair Emeritus
President/CEO, The Lyceum Group
Boston, MA

Bishop George E. Battle, Jr.
Senior Bishop, The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Charlotte, NC 28282

Marilyn Valentine, MD
Physician/Medical Advocate
Merrick, NY 11566

Angela A. Aidala, PhD
Research Scientist
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
New York, NY 10032

Sandra B. Crowder
International President
Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary Society
The African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Ivey Green
President
The Baptist Minister’s Conference of Richmond & Vicinity President
Richmond, VA

Robert Jamerson
Chief Operating Officer
Detroit Police Athletic League
Detroit, MI

Dr. Pernessa C. Seele
Founder & CEO
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.