Who We Are

Emerging from deep grassroots connections, HEAL engages local, respected leaders of African American and other minority churches who minister on “Congregational Health” in their community. While the church fulfills the spiritual needs, HEAL complements their works by meeting congregants’ physical and behavioral health needs.

HEAL conducts programs to educate the community, and provides collaborative, educational events that aim to:

  • Increase knowledge and understanding about disease prevalence, chronic disease management and available treatment options.
  • Raise awareness about the range of healthcare services available both within and outside the community.
  • Demonstrate effective navigation through the local and national healthcare systems for patients, removing access barriers to navigating new health information technology.
  • Engage policymakers on access barriers to quality healthcare.

Need help educating, enabling and empowering your congregations’ health literacy? We’re ready to partner with you to provide educational materials to share with your congregations or host a virtual event: contact us.

Sickle Cell Disease Community Conversations

A strategic collaborative initiative focused on engaging patients, caregivers and HCPs to generate awareness and learning utilizing a creative, multi-faceted communications approach in diversity in the clinical trial recruitment space.


December 2020 Community Conversation on Sickle Cell Disease:

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We teamed up with Mount Zion Baptist Church and The Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee to unite, inform and educate the community about a topic impacting over 100,000 Americans: sickle cell disease. The virtual event featured a discussion on what sickle cell disease is, common risk factors, trait testing and other detection methods, new therapies and treatments as well as what’s being done on the national policy side to respond to the prevalence of sickle cell in minority communities.

The list of speakers included the following community leaders, patients, caregivers and lawmakers:

  • Harold Love, PhD, TN State Representative District 58
  • Reginald French, President/CEO, The Sickle Cell Foundation of TN
  • Kiara Y. Moore, MSPH, MNA, Health & Wellness Ministry Coordinator, Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville
  • Alexis Gorden, State Director, The Sickle Cell Foundation of TN
  • Lametra Scott, PharmD, Founder, Breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle
  • Richard L. Martin, MD, Medical Director, Meharry Medical College
  • Adetola Kassim, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Medicine, Director, Adult Sickle Cell Disease Program, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Maria del Pilar Aguinaga, PhD, DLM, ASCP, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Professor and Director, Meharry Sickle Cell Center
  • Howard Mosby, CPA, Former Georgia State House of Representatives, Board Treasurer, H.E.A.L. Collaborative

Multiple Myeloma Multi-State Initiatives

An educational initiative starting with the identification of faith-based entities aligned with the goal of creating positive impact within the community through MM educational programs aimed at long-term health awareness and health care system change.


March 2021 Multiple Myeloma Lunch & Learn Wellness Wednesday

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We collaborated with New Salem Baptist Church, Community of Caring, Amgen and to host a Wellness Wednesday event in honor of Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month!

The following patients, physicians and policymakers shared their personal stories as well as valuable information on the disease and its disproportionate impact on minority communities:

  • William Hicks, MD, Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center
  • Yvonne Efebera, MD, MPH, Professor and Hematologist/Oncologist, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Senator Hearcel F. Craig (D-Columbus, The Ohio Senate
  • Marilyn Zimmerman, multiple myeloma patient
  • [Moderator] Karla Thornhill Coleman, MBA, Director of Communications at New Salem Baptist Church

Autoimmune Diseases Community Conversations

Partnered with faith community to inform and educate congregants and surrounding community on new treatments and therapies for lupus and the benefits of diversity in clinical research.

Brain Health “Ask the Experts” Program

Partnered with faith community to inform and educate congregants and surrounding community on new treatments and therapies for Alzheimer’s and the benefits of diversity in clinical research.

Diabetes “Ask the Experts” Lunch & Learn Program Series

Partnered with a community church to inform and educate congregants about diabetes prevention and self-management.

Lung Cancer Education Program

Pilot program with a local church to inform and educate communities of color on equity in lung cancer care and treatment through multidisciplinary approaches to screening, detection and patient navigation.