8th Annual Healthy Churches 2030 Conference

The Black Health Agenda for the New Decade. Join our global virtual event!

November 15 - 18, 2021

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The Healthy Churches 2030 Conference has gone virtual!

Healthy Churches 2030 Annual Conference (HC2030) is a four-day virtual conference held November 15-18, 2021. The Balm In Gilead, Inc. brings public health leaders and faith communities together to strategically address health disparities among African Americans. This one-of-a-kind virtual conference equips African American congregations and public health professionals with the tools to confront racial inequities in healthcare and wellness programs.

In conjunction with The Healthy Churches 2030 Initiative Roadmap 2030, the conference seeks to build the capacity of individuals and congregations to incorporate key strategies and activities outlined by the U.S. Health & Human Services, Healthy People 2030 Initiative into its network of congregational ministries and programs.

Connecting Faith and Public Health

Healthy Churches 2030 Conference provides pastors, ministers, congregational health directors, coordinators, nurses, and members with tools and resources in areas of disease state awareness, management and prevention needed to establish and strengthen the capacity of Health Ministries.

Conference topics include, but not limited to: disaster preparedness, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, arthritis, hepatitis, Alzheimer’s, cancer, HIV, precision medicine, and clinical studies.

Healthy Churches 2030 Annual Conference is committed to helping congregational-based health ministries to improve the health and healthcare outcomes of individuals and surrounding communities they serve.

Conference Brochure
Virtual Exhibition
Networking & Engagement
Actionable Keynotes & Panels
Interactive Trainings

Why You Should Attend?

A 4-day, nationally recognized conference designed to bridge faith and public health and address health disparities among African American communities.

  • Watch over 30 hours of programming featuring nationally-renowned health, faith, and corporate influencers.
  • Registration covers enrollment in 90-minute capacity-building seminars and 60-minute virtual symposiums.
  • Unlimited access to health ministry resources through the Virtual Exhibit Hall.
  • Attendees can engage with fitness and nutrition experts through virtual classes.
  • Sessions include keynote speeches from the main stage, panel discussions, and interactive workshops.
  • All sessions are available to registered attendees via a live interactive experience and on-demand.
  • Network and connect in live 1:1 chat conversations with fellow attendees, public health experts, and sponsors.
  • Integrated social media allows attendees to share experiences in real-time.

Event Speakers


Dr. Pernessa C. Seele

Founder & CEO
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.

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Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc

Vice-Dean, Diversity & Inclusion & Chief of Cardiology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine;
Associate Director of the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

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The Very Reverend Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas

Dean of the Episcopal Divinity
School Union Theological Seminary
Bill and Judith Moyers Chair in Theology at Union

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Morris Chestnut

Stage & Screen Actor

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Crystal Aikin

World-renowned Gospel Singer-Songwriter

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Anthony Brown

Grammy-nominated American Urban Contemporary Gospel Artist

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Freda Lewis-Hall, MD

Clinician, Educator, Researcher,
Leader in Biopharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Industries

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Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley

Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church (ASBC), Alexandria, VA

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Dolvett Quince

New York Times Bestselling Author, International Keynote Speaker,
Celebrity Fitness Trainer

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LaTosha Brown

Co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, Atlanta, GA
Award-winning Community Organizer, Jazz singer, and Political Strategist

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Doug E. Fresh

Hip Hop Public Health Founding Artist
World's Greatest Entertainer, Hip Hop Legend

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Dr. Khaalida Forbes, DMin, LICSW

Multi-state Licensed Clinical Therapist
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Metamorphosis Enterprises

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2021 Conference Sponsors & Partners

Diamond Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

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Contributing Sponsors

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Virtual Conference

The Balm In Gilead Inc. will host the Healthy Churches 2030 Annual Conference on the vFairs Virtual Conference platform. vFairs is a visually rich online platform that enables our attendees from all across the globe the opportunity to virtually interact with the nation's top public health and faith leaders, and obtain information and resources that they can use in their ministerial and community programs
Sessions will be live with an interactive Q & A session unless otherwise noted. Symposiums and Institutes will take place via vFairs. No need to download any additional equipment to access the session. Like attending the conference on-site, you will be allowed to select which sessions you'd like to attend virtually. It is up to you to decide which sessions interest you in a given time block, and to attend those sessions as desired.
The Healthy Churches 2030 Conference Best Practice Awards Ceremony will highlight congregations from across the United States who are doing extraordinary work in health promotion.
Your virtual conference registration includes access to all plenary and virtual session recordings approximately 72 hours after the session concludes. Don't worry; you can view any sessions you missed as soon as the recordings for those sessions are made available on vFairs. Note that not all sessions are being recorded. However, those that are will be available for you to access at no additional charge using a conference login for 365 days.

Technical Requirements

You can download documents from any sponsor or partner by clicking the “Document” tab on their stand in the Exhibit Hall, which will show you the different documents that different sponsors and partners have uploaded. By clicking “Download”, your chosen document(s) will be added to your Virtual Swag Bag, and you can download all of these at once when you choose to leave the Healthy Churches 2030 Virtual Conference.
Most up to date computers and mobile devices such as laptops, desktops, and handheld tablets can run the virtual conference. Once the Healthy Churches 2030 Conference is available, you will be able to perform a systems check to determine if your device can support the virtual conference.
vFairs runs on the cloud, so you will not need to install software to access the virtual conference. All you will need is a standard web browser and a stable internet connection. The platform is mobile-friendly, allowing you to engage on the go.
If you are experiencing any technical difficulties, please visit the Virtual Information Desk. A member of the technical team will assist you.


Registration opens July 1st and ends November 5th. Individual registration will be done via the Healthy Churches 2030 Conference website. Individual registrations are paid via credit card. Groups should fill out an inquiry form on The Healthy Churches website.
The cost of registration is $75.00 per attendee. For church groups of 20 or more, the cost of attendance is $30.00 per attendees.
Groups will have to go through the Conference Registration Coordinator, Keisha Curry, via healthyc2030@getvfairs.io to complete their registration. Group registrations must be paid on a single credit card or check purchase. Individual payments are not accepted. Discounts cannot be issued retroactively.
No, only one login is permitted into the system at a time. You are issued one login during registration that is created from your individual email address.
Cash is not an acceptable form of payment. Checks are accepted forms of payments for group registrations only. You must fill out a group registration form on the website to receive further payment instructions.
Prior to the start of the virtual conference, you will receive an email providing detailed instructions on how to connect to the virtual conference website.
The Balm In Gilead, Inc. requires all conference attendees to be at least 18 years of age. Children under age 18 are not permitted to use our platform to access the Healthy Churches 2030 Conference. Attendees must initiate a chat with an exhibitor. Attendees taking part in webinars can submit questions through designated Q & A features. Attendees are reminded to keep all correspondence polite and courteous. The virtual conference will be monitored by vFairs and The Balm In Gilead’s staff. For any assistance during or after the event, email healthyc2030@getvfairs.io and your query will be dealt with as soon as possible. For details regarding personal data, please see our privacy policy.
By registering, I acknowledge and agree to the Private Policy of The Balm In Gilead, Inc. I am 18 years or older and consent to the processing of my personal data per the terms outlined below. The Balm In Gilead, Inc. processes your personal information in the use of our organization and provides our users with the services needed during Healthy Churches 2030 Annual Conference. By accepting our Privacy Policy (and in some jurisdictions, by acknowledging this policy), you confirm that you have read and understood this policy, including how and why we use your information.