Baptist Health hosts Congregational Health Convocation, Award event

Pictured (l-r) are Emilio Freeman, Gladys Salked, Lorna Fyffe, Franklin Povea, Aleida Delgado, Ann-Marie Rodney, Phillis Willis and Emma Canada.

Baptist Health South Florida recently held the Congregational Health Convocation and Awards Ceremony at Don Shula’s Hotel and Golf Club in Miami Lakes, where the theme was “Healthy Communities: Impacting the Culture of South Florida.”

Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, former Surgeon General of Florida, served as keynote speaker for the evening. The event also marked the 15th anniversary of Baptist Health South Florida’s faith-health partnership, Congregational Health.

“The model of congregation-based health ministries in partnership with a health system such as Baptist Health South Florida truly makes an impact on the health of our communities during these tough economic times,” said Reverend Dale Young, director of Congregational Health. “We will continue to work as community partners to promote health and wellness and support people with health challenges through this faith-health partnership.”

The following awards were presented at the ceremony:

The Congregational Health New Innovative Faith-Health Award recognizes a congregation that joined the Congregational Health partnership and has already caught the vision and launched their health ministry program to include several of the Congregational Health Pillars. Award Recipients:

• Christway Baptist Church

• Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

The Congregational Health Mustard Seed Faith-Health Award recognizes smaller congregations that are doing great things; they have caught the vision and are using the good soil of their congregation and its resources to help grow their health ministry.

Award Recipients:

• Temple Beth Tov-Ahavat Shalom

• Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church

The Healthy Life style Promotion Award recognizes the congregations that promote healthy lifestyles, especially those that change the culture of eating habits, promote physical fitness, develop an ongoing faith-based health support group, and/or educate their community on making Healthful Choices.

Award Recipients:

• St. Peter’s Missionary Baptist Church

• St. Luke the Physician Episcopal Church

• Branches United Methodist Church and South Florida Urban Ministries

The Congregational Health Living Water Award recognizes outstanding Faith-Health leadership and implementation of all the Congregational Health models of health ministry, which include bereavement support, faith-based support groups, community health fairs and more. Award Recipients:

• Second Baptist Church of Richmond Heights

• St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Congregational Health has been serving the faith communities of the Miami- Dade area since 1997 through a faithhealth coalition that has now grown to more than 130 partnering congregations. The core programs of health education, health screenings, care teams, faithhealth support groups and bereavement support reflect the vision and mission of Baptist Health South Florida.

Baptist Health South Florida is the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Doctors Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization’s fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health.

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