southeast diabetes Faith Initiative

SDFI Virginia

The Balm In Gilead serves two counties and three independent cities throughout Virginia: Independent Cities of Colonial Heights, Hampton, and Hopewell and Fairfax and Sussex Counties.

Virginia Team

State Manager
Tanya Henderson, PhD, MBA
Phone: 202-277-5872 ​

Program Coordinator
Sharon Napper
Phone: 804.971.0288

Lifestyle Coaches


Jackie Briggs
Shirl Isley


Dale Wallace
Robin Williams


Carolyn McRae
Phyllis Richardson


Wendy Dudley
Jasmine King
Lawana Simpson


Claressa Strawn

Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Weekly Class Locations

Bethesda Baptist Church
15800 Woods Edge Road
Colonial Heights. VA 23834
Rev. Juanita Harrison, Pastor

First Baptist Church of Vienna
450 Orchard St., NW
Vienna, VA 22180
Senior Pastor, Dr. Vernon C. Walton

Friendship Baptist Church
1250 Arlington Road
Hopewell, VA 23860
Rev, Dr. Noorwood G. Carson, Pastor

Mars Hill AME Zion Church
111 Williams Lane
Wakefield, VA 23888
Rev. Willie Dixon, Pastor
Contact Person: Claressa Strawn,

Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple
3100 Butternut Street
Hampton, VA 23666
Rev. Jerome A. Barber, Pastor

Community Partners

  • Virginia Commonwealth University  — School of Nursing
  • Norfolk State University, Department of Health, Physical Education
  • Controlled Outcomes
  • American Association of Black Cardiologists,
  • Phillip Duncan, MD, FACC Cardiac Health Management Network
  • Phyllis Morris-Griffiths, MD
  • Kwebena Agyeman, MD, Community Cardiology
  • Hopewell Community Center
  • Woodlawn Presbyterian Church, Hopewell, VA
  • OC3 – Organization of Churches and Concerned Citizens
  • Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Hopewell, VA
  • Sixth Baptist Church, Richmond, VA
  • East End Coalition for Older Adults
  • Oak Marr Recreation Center, Oakton, VA

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