Baptist Health South hosts the Congregational Health Convocation and Awards
L to r: Emilio Freeman, Gladys Salked, Lorna Fyffe, Franklin Povea, Aleida Delgado, Ann-Marie Rodney, Phillis Willis and Emma Canada.
Miami, Fl — Baptist Health South Florida recently held the Congregational Health Convocation and Awards Ceremony at Don Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club in Miami Lakes, where the theme was “Healthy Communities; Impacting the Culture of South Florida.” Dr. Ana Viamonte Ros, former State 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 Rev. 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: Christ-way Baptist Church and 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 and Ascension Peace Presbyterian Church
The Healthy Lifestyle 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 and Branches United Methodist Church & South Florida Urban Ministries.
The Congregational Health Living Water Award re-cognizes 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. A-ward Recipients: Second Baptist Church of Richmond Heights and St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Congregational Health has been serving the faith com-munities of the Miami-Dade area since 1997 through a faith-health coalition that has now grown to more than 130 partnering congregations. The core programs of health education, health screenings, care teams, faith-health 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. For more information, visit Bap-tistHealth.net, and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook,
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