Programs

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.

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.

Health Equity Roundtable

Partnered with the National Baptist Convention 2021 to host an important panel around policy solutions directly impacting healthcare disparities.

National Baptist Convention 2021 Policy Panel Workshop

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Kidney Disease Community Conversations

Partnered with Nephcure Kidney International and the faith community to inform and educate congregants and surrounding community on new treatments and therapies for kidney disease, including rare and chronic kidney disease, and the benefits of diversity in clinical research.

 

August 2021 Community Conversations About Kidney Disease

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We teamed up with New Life Church and New Life Community Ministries, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Travere Therapeutics, Vertex Therapeutics, NephCure Kidney International and MedCura Health to talk about what symptoms you should be aware of and the gap in healthcare disparities when it comes to kidney disease.

 

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

  • Sabrina Botts [Moderator], MMSc., PA-C, NLCM Center Manager
  • Pastor Marlin Harris, Founding Pastor, New Life Church
  • Dr. Jason Cobb, Associate Professor of Medicine, Emory University Division of Renal Medicine, Kidney Specialist
  • Dammeon Marshall, Clinical Therapist Intern and Patient Advocate
  • Jonathan Bufford, Patient Advocate
  • Senator Tonya P. Anderson, Represents Georgia’s 43rd Senate District and serves as the Chair of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC)
  • Raulniña Uzzle, MD, Chief Medical Officer, MedCURA Health

 

June 2021 Community Conversation: Chronic Kidney Disease

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We teamed up with Fellowship Chicago, National Kidney Foundation of Illinois, QSource ESRD Networks, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Travere Therapeutics, Vertex Therapeutics, NephCure Kidney International and Tayloring Gratitude to bring together nephrologists, Illinois State Senator Robert Peters and kidney disease patients to discuss racial disparities and barriers to preventative care.

 

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

  • Tone Kapone, Moderator
  • Erica Anderson, Patient Services Manager, QSource ESRD Network
  • Jamie Baylock, MD, Nephrologist at UChicago Medicine
  • Tiara Mcafee-Owens, kidney disease patient
  • Robert Peters, Illinois State Senator, 13th District
  • Reginald W. Sharpe, Jr., Senior Pastor at Fellowship Baptist Church
  • Elder Kevin Vasser, dialysis patient and Director of Worship & Arts at Fellowship Baptist Church

 

April 2021 James 5:14 Faith Leaders Roundtable On Chronic Kidney Disease

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In partnership with NephCure Kidney International, and broadcast at the National Baptist Convention, we hosted an important discussion with faith leaders centering on the issues and healthcare disparities impacting the health of their congregations and communities.

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.

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.

 

August 2021 Community Conversations: African Americans and Multiple Myeloma

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We teamed up with Community of Faith, Amgen, and MD Anderson Cancer Center to host a community conversation on the symptoms, risk factors and gaps in healthcare disparities contributing to this statistic. Listen to the recording to hear from patients, physicians and a policymaker in this important conversation.

Speakers include:

  • Bishop James Dixon, II, Pastor at Community of Faith Church
  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo, multiple myeloma patient
  • Dr. Lorna McNeil, PhD, Professor at MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dr. Hans Lee, Director of the Multiple Myeloma Clinical Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rodney Ellis, Harris County Commissioner
  • Erika Pomares, LMSW, Senior Manager at Patient & Community Outreach Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

 

March 2021 Multiple Myeloma Lunch & Learn Wellness Wednesday

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We collaborated with New Salem Baptist Church, Community of Caring, Amgen and ColumbusBlack.com 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
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.

 

2021 National Baptist Convention: Sickle Cell Disease Physician & Patient Panel

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Partnered with the National Baptist Convention 2021 to host an important panel around the sickle cell disease patient experience.

 

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