Event Agenda


Healthy Churches 2030 Conference begins each day with worship and thanksgiving. Annually at this time of year, we gather from diverse faith communities. However, central to our gathering is our belief in the presence and power of the One God and the spiritual authority of His son, Jesus Christ. This one-of-a-kind conference brings faith and public health together to forge solutions to the long-standing alarming rates of health disparities among African Americans. We also welcome our faith partners from across the continent of Africa. Comparable to African Americans, too many human beings living throughout the Black Diaspora suffer and die needlessly from a lack of health access and resources, poverty, and poor health behaviors.

9:00am - 10:00am

Morning A | Conference Opening Morning Session

Bishop Silvester S. Beaman
Presiding Prelate, 15th Episcopal District, The African Methodist Episcopal Church
Bishop Horace Smith
MD, Chair of Healthy Churches 2030 Conference; Senior Pastor, Apostolic Faith Church, Chicago, IL
Dr. Barbara L. Shaw
Chair, Board of Directors, The Balm In Gilead Inc.
10:00am - 10:30am

Plenary A-1 | 2021 Annual State of the Union on the Black Health

Clyde W. Yancy
MD, MSc, Professor and Chief, Division of Medicine-Cardiology Associate Director, Bluhm CV Institute Vice-Dean, Diversity & Inclusion Northwestern University FSM, Chicago, IL
10:30am - 11:00am

Plenary A-2 | Conference Opening Preacher & Special Guest Performance

Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas
Dean, Episcopal Divinity School; Bill and Judith Moyers Theology Chair Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY
Wintley Phipps
World-renowned Vocal Artist, Pastor Founder and CEO, U.S. Dream Academy, Silver Spring, MD
11:15am - 12:30pm

Institute A | Pandemic! Nehemiah 2:17

Bishop Horace E. Smith
Bishop Tudor Bismark
Founder & Overseer, Jabula New Life Ministries International and Senior Pastor, New Life Convenant Church, Harare, Zimbabwe
Bishop Yvette Flunder, DMin
Presiding Bishop of the Fellowship of Affirming Ministries and Senior Pastor, City of Refugee United Church of Christ, Oakland, CA
Rev. Danielle Brown, DMin
Senior Pastor, Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield, NJ
Rev. Frank A. Thomas, PhD
Preacher, Teacher, Scholar, Thinker
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Symposium A-1 | Tools for Evaluating Faith-based Health & Wellness Programs

Joyce Moon Howard, DrPH
1:30 - 2:30pm

Symposium A-2 | Voices for the Heart: Raising Awareness of Hereditary ATTR-CM

Sponsored by Pfizer

Dr. Sanul Corrielus, MD
Cardiologist, Corrielus Cardiology, Philadelphia, PA
Don Chaney
Former Professional Basketball Player and Coach living with ATTR-CM
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium A-3 | SoulCare

Sheila E. Battle, MHS
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium A-4 | Tools: Fundamentals of Implementing and Strengthening Your Congregation’s Health & Wellness Ministry

Pamela Price, RN
Cary L. Goodman
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Evening A | Healthy GULLAH Cooking with Chef Charlotte Jenkins

Chef Charlotte Jenkins
Famed Gullah cuisine Chef
9:00am - 10:00am

Morning B | Conference Opening Morning Session

The Most Reverend Fernand J. Cheri
Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, LA
Bishop James B. Walker
Presiding Prelate of the 7th Episcopal District, CME Church
Mrs. Sandra Bennett Crowder
International President of Women’s Home & Overseas Missionary Society
Dr. Jacqueline Scott
Dr. Deborah Taylor King
10:00am - 10:30am

Plenary B-1 | Diamond Plenary: Sponsored by Biogen

Sponsored by Biogen

10:30am - 11:00am

Plenary B-2 | hATTR Amyloidosis: An Underdiagnosed Condition Disproportionately Affecting African Americans

Sponsored by Alnylam

Albert J. Hicks III, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiologist University of Maryland Medical Center
Joanna Pearson, RN
Patient Education Liaison Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
11:15am - 12:30pm

Institute B | TRAUMA! A word that affects us all: How do we heal?

Pervis Taylor, III, MA
Inger E. Burnett-Zeigler, PhD
Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Rev. Dr. Willie Dwayne Francois III
Senior Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Pleasantville, NJ
Dr. Khaalida Forbes, DMin
Founder and CEO, Metamorphosis Enterprises, Atlanta, GA
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Symposium B-1 | Uterine Fibroids: The Unspoken Plight of Our Community

Sponsored by Myovant

Tiffany Kung, PharmD
Executive Director, Medical Affairs Strategy, Myovant Sciences
Jessica Shepherd, MD, MBA
Practicing OB/GYN, Women's Health Expert
Tanika Gray Valbrun
Journalist, Educator, Founder, The White Dress Project
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Symposium B-2 | The Untold Stories of Sickle Cell Disease and How The Church Can Respond

Sponsored by The Balm in Gilead Inc.

2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium B-3 | Essential Conversations: Caregiving and Dementia

Sponsored by AARP

Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH
Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Alzheimer’s Association
Rita B. Choula, MA
Director, Caregiving, AARP Public Policy Institute
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium B-4 | Caring for the Cancer Caregiver: Challenges and Celebration of the Black Caregiver

Sponsored by Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Regineak Ruffin
Behavioral Health Therapist
Lori Beard-Daily
Training Coordinator/Contracting Officer, US Courts
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Evening B | Best Practice Awards Night & Special Guest Performance

Bishop W. Darin Moore
Presiding Prelate, Mid-Atlantic Episcopal District, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
Cora Harvey Armstrong
Gospel singer, piano player, songwriter
Best Practice Award Presentations
9:00am - 10:00am

Morning C | Conference Opening Morning Session

Rev. Bolaji Ogunwo, PhD
The Right Rev. Dr. Stephen M. Moreo
Bishop of the Diocese of Johannesburg, SA
Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole
John N. Nkengasong, PhD
Director, Africa Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lerato Mvelase
10:00am - 10:30am

Plenary C-1 | Generational Health Matters: Breaking Cultural Stigma to Save Black Men from Prostate Cancer

Sponsored by Janssen

Robert Ginyard
Chairman, ZERO Board of Directors; Podcast Host, Entrepreneur, and Prostate Cancer Survivor
10:30am - 11:00am

Plenary C-2 | The Consequences of Using Race to Estimate Kidney Function

Sponsored by Mayo Clinic

LaPrincess C. Brewer, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Mayo Clinic College of Medicine Rochester MN
Nwamaka D. Eneanya, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
LaTonya J. Hickson, MD
Division Chief of Nephrology, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Florida
11:15am - 12:30pm

Institute C | Demanding A Seat At The Clinical Trials Table: Why Inclusion Matters!

Freda Lewis-Hall, MD
Clinician, Educator, Researcher, Leader in Biopharmaceuticals and Life Sciences Industries
Donna R. Cryer, JD
Founder/President, Global Liver Institute
Marsha Henderson
Julia Iyasere, MD
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Symposium C-1 | Beyond the Pandemic: Promoting Good Health in Our Kids and Young Adults during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sponsored by Association of Black Cardiologists

Rachel M. Bond MD
Co-Chair Women’s and Children’s Committee, Association of Black Cardiologists
Annette K. Ansong, MD
Co-Chair Women’s and Children’s Committee, Association of Black Cardiologists
Carissa M. Baker-Smith, MD
Interim Medical Director, Heart Failure, Transplant, and Advanced Cardiac Therapies/VAD; Director, Pediatric Preventive Cardiology, Nemours Children’s Hospital
Camille Bonta, MHS
ABC Policy Consultant Summit Health Care Consulting
1:30 - 2:30pm

Symposium C-2 | Brain Health & Wellness: The Role of Technology

Co-Sponsored by Balm In Gilead National Brain Health Center & Biogen

Pamela Price, RN
Deputy Director, The Balm In Gilead
James R. Williams, PhD
Head, Biogen Digital Health, External Innovation and Alliances
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium C-3 | African American Community Garden and Food Security Project

Rev. Dr. Heber Brown, III
Rev. Andre Thornhill
Cary L. Goodman
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium C-4 | The Power of Planning- Advance Healthcare and Financial Preparation

Sponsored by Compassion & Choices

Brandi Alexander
National Director, Community Engagement Compassion & Choices, Portland, OR
Rev. Charles W. McNeill
Jr., Senior Pastor, Unity Baptist Church, MD
Shawn Perry
Executive Producer and Host, The Senior Zone
Ricardo Thomas, President
Thomas-Waddell & Associates, New Orleans, LA
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Evening C | Work It Out!

Dolvett Quince
Celebrity Fitness Trainer, NY Times Best Selling Author & International Speaker
9:00am - 10:00am

Morning D | Conference Opening Morning Session

Bishop Teresa Jefferson-Snorton
Presiding Prelate, Fifth Episcopal District, The Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
LaTosha Brown
Co-founder, Black Voters Matter Fund, Atlanta GA Jazz singer, and Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Fallon Wilson, PhD
10:00am - 10:30am

Plenary D-1 | Blood Cancer in African Americans—Facing Disparities During a Pandemic

Sponsored by Bristol Myers Squibb

Doug E. Fresh
World's Greatest Entertainer, Hip Hop Legend
Kimberly Alexander
Chief Executive Officer, Level Health Agency, Frisco, TX
Joseph Mikhael, MD
Professor, Applied Cancer Research and Drug Discovery Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Phoenix, AZ
Robert Pugh
Pastor, educator, and businessman
10:30am - 11:00am

Plenary D-2 | Diamond Plenary: Sponsored by Amgen

Sponsored by Amgen

11:15am - 12:30pm

Institute D | Conference Closing Preacher & Special Guest Performance

Rev. Dr. Howard-John Wesley
Senior Pastor, Alfred Street Baptist Church, Alexandria, VA
Anthony Brown
Grammy-nominated American urban contemporary Gospel artist
1:30pm - 2:30pm

Symposium D-1 | Diamond Symposium: Sponsored by Amgen

Sponsored by Amgen

1:30 - 2:30pm

Symposium D-2 | How We Use Our Faith in Diabetes Management

Michael Roberson
Cherise Shockley
Phyllisa Deroze, PhD
Kendall Simmons
Former NFL football player, Super Bowl Champion, Diabetes Patient Ambassador
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium D-3 | Paradigm Shift: How Young Adults are Responding to Social Justice - Spiritually, Emotionally and Physically!

Rev. Dr. Dominique A. Robinson
Assistant Professor, Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, TX
Rev. Dr. John Faison, Sr.
Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Nashville, TN
Rev. Stephen A. Green
2:45pm - 3:45pm

Symposium D-4 | Ignore No More: Sarcoidosis, The Rare Disease of African-American Women

Sponsored by The Balm in Gilead, Inc.

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Evening D | Celebration of Life

Tonight we celebrate the extraordinary lives of family, church and community members, and our friends who have transitioned to the ancestral court and now sit among the angels. With Joy in our hearts, we remember and we celebrate with music, words and our love!
Join Founder & CEO, Pernessa Seele and Co-Host Stage & Screen Actor Morris Chestnut

The Right Rev. Adam J. Richardson, Jr.
The Senior Bishop of The African Methodist Episcopal Churchand the Presiding Prelate of the 10th Episcopal District
The Right Rev. Kenneth Monroe
The Senior Bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Presiding Prelate, Eastern North Carolina Episcopal District
The Right Rev. Bishop Lawrence L. Reddick III
The Senior Bishop of the Christian Methodist Church and the Presiding Prelate of the Eighth Episcopal District.
Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems
Theologian, Scholar, Writer, Minister, Co-pastor Ray of Hope Community Church, Nashville, TN
Crystal Aikin
World-renowned Gospel singer-songwriter