The Role of the Black Church in Healthcare Conference

Date: June 18, 2021 8:00 AM

One of the greatest attributions to the health of many African Americans is their strong faith that has carried them through a multitude of trials and tribulations.

The role of the Black church has been prominent in the majority of African American households in one way or another.  Many religious organizations and affiliations were formed in an era where rights and freedom for healthcare, education, and other means of successful living were not yet granted to African Americans.  Therefore, the structure and community of the church is where leadership, trust, and support comes from.  It was their faith that gave them strength to endure their individual battles, and the black church provided the structure of trust and support.

This program was created to foster dialogue, awareness, and education within the medical community regarding the current health of African Americans and implications of centuries of medical oppression.

The goal of this conference is to facilitate dialogue between prominent leaders whining the Black Church and medical professionals in an effort to bridge the gap of distrust and lack of access in healthcare systems to provide better care to African American patients, and to further eliminate racial disparities in health outcomes.  Our agenda will allow us to hear the voices of local pastors, and our keynote speaker, Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison-Bryant, visionary, national civil rights activist, community organizer, and Senior Pastor of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (one of the largest churches on the East coast).

The target audience for this conference will be Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, Nurses, Care Coordinators, Primary Care Physicians, practice staff members, and community members in Western North Carolina and across the United States.

Click here for more information about the conference and to register online.

If you have any questions, reach out to WCMS Board Member, Leslie Council Lake, at or by calling (828) 257-4490.