Black PR Wire


RICHMOND, Va. — This year, The Balm in Gilead will host its fifth annual Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference from Nov. 13 – 16, in Point Clear, Ala. The threeday interactive training conference brings the nation’s most prominent public health and faith leaders together to address the alarming rates of health disparities amongst African Americans.

The Healthy Churches 2020 National Campaign, The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative, The National Brain Health Center for African Americans are three unique national programs of the Balm in Gilead, which delivers 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 Healthy Churches 2020 National Conference is the only conference of its kind that connects faith and public health networks for sustainable results,” comments Dr. Pernessa Seele, Founder and CEO of The Balm in Gilead, Inc. “We are building networks that find solutions to the issues that are endangering our communities. The power of the faith community paired with our health professionals is the key to creating change.”

The conference is designed to strengthen the leadership and organizational capacity of pastors, ministers, nurses and healthcare professionals, who are all vital in improving the quality of life for congregations and communities.

With more than 60 speakers and presenters, including Dr. Pernessa Seele, Founder/President of the Balm in Gilead; renowned recording artist Regina Belle; Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, and The Right Reverend W. Darren Moore, and many others.

For registration, hotel information and a full list of speakers and conference workshops, please visit For more information, visit