The mission of the Health Commission of the Third Episcopal District (Ohio, western Pennsylvania and West Virginia) of the African Methodist Episcopal Church is to prayerfully work to achieve optimal physical, spiritual and mental health for the members of local congregations and members of communities they serve through health education, primary prevention, screenings and advocacy. In most cases the Commission will not deliver direct services. It serves as a source of:
- information, education and awareness;
- conduit of resources; and
- technical assistance
The board of the Third District Health Commission works with and through “Health Champions” selected by Presiding Elders and leaders of health ministries in local churches.
Priorities established by the Commission are:
- Increasing enrollment in the Affordable Care Act and Medicare
- TAWAWA First Aid
- Multiple Myeloma
- Health Policy
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OPEN ENROLLMENT
OPEN ENROLLMENT ENDS DECEMBER 15, 2018
Since the inception of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) churches in the Third Episcopal District have provided a myriad of activities to assure enrollment for health insurance coverage for members and the community. Last year the ACA suffered attacks from Congress and the resources available in 2016 were greatly eroded challenging our ability to assist the community. Efforts were shrouded in confusion on the part of providers and consumers.
Challenges for 2018 will be modestly less challenging. Marginal funding has been provided to re-establish the navigator program and coverage does not extend to all areas of the Third Episcopal District. Additionally, the open enrollment period, November 1, 2018-December 15, 2018 is significantly shorter than in previous years. Despite these challenges’ churches can make a difference by providing: Information, awareness and/or education sessions; publish bulletin announcements and/or host on site enrollment events when possible.
Navigator services funded in the district are:
HRS Erase dba Resolute. Contact Glen Hughes 816.524.9477 firstname.lastname@example.org . Counties served: Butler, Champaign, Clermont, Darke, Greene, Hamilton, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, Shelby and Warren.
Southeast Community Mental Health Center. Contact Kathryn Bamberger 614.225.0980 email@example.com . Counties served: Belmont, Carroll, Delaware, Franklin, Harrison, Monroe, Morrow and Tuscarawas.
Pennsylvania Association for Community Health Centers. Contact Cheri L. Rinehart 717.761.6443 x 203 firstname.lastname@example.org . Statewide
First Choice Services, Inc. Contact Jeremy Smith 304.675.0628 email@example.com. Statewide
We encourage congregations to continue to contact the President and Congress people in support of the ACA and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) which has also been gutted.
The Connectional Health Commission in partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA) issued bid specifications for the Healthy for Life Program. The program requires hosting four (4) AHA Healthy for Life sessions promoting self-care and wellness for at least 20 participants over the age of 18. Information was shared with Commission Board Members and Health Champions for dissemination throughout the Third Episcopal District.
We are pleased to announce that we were informed that St. Paul AME Columbus, Rev. Taylor T. Thompson, Pastor, was awarded a stipend. The program will be conducted under the leadership of Mrs. Carlotta Hughes-Culp, director of the Health Ministry at St. Paul.
Congregations are encouraged to continue to utilize the Healthy Food Toolkits that were distributed at midyear.
The eighth annual Hicks Harris Ferguson Multiple Myeloma Symposium was held Saturday, March 3, 2018 in the Ballroom of the Third Episcopal District Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Multiple Myeloma, cancer of the bone marrow disproportionately affects African Americans. The disease is treatable but not curable.
Cosponsored by the Third Episcopal District the symposium is named in honor of Mrs. Eleanor Hicks, wife of Rev. H. Beecher Hicks and former first Lady at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church; Rev Richard Harris, husband of Mrs. JoAnn Harris and Pastor of St. Mark AME Church and Mrs. Lugenia Ferguson a member of St. Paul AME Church. Each of them was known, trusted and respected in the community and each had Multiple Myeloma.
More than 100 people attended the event. The keynote speaker was Yvonne Efebera, MD, MPH, an Associate Professor at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Division of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant. Other speakers included: Terel Jackson, MMT, NMT-F. Mt-BC, a Music Therapist at OSU; Elder Kermetta Folmar who serves on the clergy staff at Mt. Olivet and is a Multiple Myeloma survivor; There were panels for caregivers, advance directives; and learning to advocate.
The Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice serves as the fiduciary for the Symposium. Cosponsors were the Third Episcopal District of the AME Church, the CareSource Foundation, The Ohio State University Medical Center, Dr. & Mrs. William Hicks, and the Columbus Jewish Foundation. Additional funding was provided by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bobbitt, Dr. and Mrs. Yung Chen Lu and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ross.
The ninth annual Hicks Harris Ferguson Multiple Myeloma Symposium will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the Third Episcopal Symposium Headquarters.
2019 HHF MULTIPLE MYELOMA SYOMPOSIUM WILL BE HELD
SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019-THIRD EPISCOPAL DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
CLERGY SELF HELP
At an annual planning meeting leaders of local health ministries identified mental health as an area that should be included in the agenda of the Third Episcopal District. During the same period, several Pastors in Columbus had attended a mental health workshop and shared the need they identified with Bishop Young.
Since that time actions have included inviting Dr. Kevin Dixon, Vice President of the Franklin County ADAMH Board to address the body, active participation by members of the Commission to address this issue, i.e., a presentation made or the AKA Sorority and NAMI by Dr. Lisa Issacc, Health Champion for Pittsburgh-West Virginia and a Third District Planning initiative.
Bishop and Supervisor Young convened and were actively engaged in the planning work group to address clergy and lay mental health efforts that the church could provide. A number of source documents were reviewed and discussed including the documents produced by Duke University.
The group worked under the auspices of the Health Commission and in addition to Bishop and Supervisor Young, membership included: Dr. Kevin Dixon, Franklin County ADAMH; Rachelle Martin, NAMI Franklin County; Veronica Lofton, Twin Rivers Behavioral Health Center; Rev Dr. Aimee Anderson, Rev Barbara Thompson, Rev Dr. Ruth McCants Locke, Rev Trina McBroom, Ronald Browder, Russell and Cheryl Boyce.
The work group dialogued about whether to begin the effort addressing clergy, laity or both. The decision was made to begin with a focus on clergy with an emphasis on self- help.
The sessions were provided during the Third Episcopal District Planning Convocation November 10, 2018. The morning included:
- Plenary session: Dispelling Myths About Mental Health. Sara Alford McIntosh, MD and Irma Phillips Carmichael, PhD
- Panel Discussions:
- Compassion Fatigue and Self Care-Dr. Carmichael, Clinical Psychologist
- Financial Stress-Dr. Deena Marie Carr, Word of Faith Ministries, Chicago, Illinois
- Substance Abuse and Addiction Issues-Angela Cornelius Dawson, Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health
- Health and Life Balance-Dr. Yvette Jackson, Executive Director, Ohio Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Rev Dr. McCants Locke graciously loaned her expertise by designing, administering and analyzing an evaluation tool that provided direction for future work.
Funding was provided by the Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice, Franklin County National Alliance on Mental Health, Franklin County ADAMH Board and Rev Dr. McCants.
Are you a health or medical professional? Would you like to become involved with the work of the Health Commission? Please send your contact information to Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org and we will follow up with you.
THIRD EPISCOPAL DISTRICT
- DOROTHY JACKSON YOUNG, EPISCOPAL SUPERVISOR
CHERYL A. BOYCE, CHAIRPERSON
- PAMELA REDDEN, VICE CHAIRPERSON
PRESIDING ELDER DISTRICT HEALTH CHAMPIONS
REV. PATRICIA DELEON MELTON
REV. CAROLYN HAIRSTON
DR LISA ISSAC
REV. MARY TURNER