Saturday, September 30, 2023

8:00am – Registration Opens; Continental Breakfast
9:00am – Conference Begins

Four Points bv Sheraton
4700 South Laburnum Ave
Richmond, VA 23231

Featured Guests

Dr. Khaalida Forbes
Pastor, Truth City Church
Founder & CEO
Metamorphosis Enterprises
Hyatsville MD
Full Bio

Crystal Aikin
Award-Winning Gospel Artist

Full Bio



Registration Opens
Continental Breakfast


Morning Praise and Welcome
Introductions and Purpose

Dr. Pernessa C. Seele
Founder & CEO
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio

Disease State Awareness Plenary Sessions


Facing The Challenge: Recognizing the Risk of Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) in Black Americans

Davida J. White, MD
Senior Director, Head of Cardiovascular and Metabolism Field Medical Affairs
Johnson & Johnson
Full Bio

Sponsored by Johnson and Johnson


“Standing in The GAAP” Multiple Myeloma Awareness—A Discussion

Darlene Katz
Senior Manager, Patient Voice & Experience
Bristol Myers-Squibb

Full Bio

Evelyn H.
Living with Multiple Myeloma
Full Bio

Sponsored by Bristol Myers-Squibb




Genetic Kidney Disease

Dr. Stacey Johnson
Associate Medical Director, Clinical
Development, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Full Bio

Sponsored by Vertex


Boxed Lunch


Health Ministry Development

Breakout Workshops (Concurrent; Choose One at Registration)

Workshop 1
Developing Your Health Ministry

Maya Harris
Program Consultant
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio

This workshop will provide hands-on
learning and tools for those seeking to
establish a new health ministry within
their congregation. Key topics:

  • Why Having a Health Ministry Matters
  • Key Components of a Health Ministry
  • Strategic Approaches to Building a Health Ministry
  • Getting Started with Your Health Ministry

Workshop 2
Strengthening Your Existing Health Ministry

Cary Goodman
Program Consultant
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio

We will discuss resources and tools
to sustain and grow an active
health ministry. Key topics:

  • Strategic and Work Plan Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Community Engagement
  • Health Fairs and Educational Programming
  • Partnership Development
  • Communication and Social Media





Dr. Pernessa C. Seele
Founder & CEO
The Balm In Gilead, Inc.
Full Bio


Closing Worship Experience featuring Dr. Khaalida Forbes and guest artist Crystal Aikin.

Please Note: You may visit our Exhibitors during Registration, Lunch, and Breaks.