New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta presents the Augusta Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner
(AUGUSTA, GA) - On Thursday, January 28, 2010 New Tools New Vision 2 Augusta will present its Balm In Gilead Initiative Inaugural Dinner. Dr. Pernessa C. Seele founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization will serve as keynote speaker. The event will begin at 6 p.m. In the Candler Memorial Library Building.
This activity is organized by New Tools New Visions 2 Augusta; a Paine College/Community collaborative organization built on Community Based Participatory Research principles and funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation Inc. The event’s purpose is to organize the Augusta Churches in a public, celebratory activity; one in which Pastors, Ministers and other Religious leaders can publicly commit their churches to the Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, and begin to fashion a community sense of encouraging HIV/AIDS education, promoting HIV testing and organizing against stigma. The group’s intention to serve as an umbrella/vehicle for increasing the level of public awareness in the Augusta Black church community.
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About Dr. Seele:
Pernessa C. Seele is founder and CEO of The Balm In Gilead, Inc., a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization whose mission is to prevent diseases and to improve the health status of people of the African Diaspora by providing support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation which strengthens their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities.
As a pioneer in mobilizing and educating faith communities to become engaged in the fight against AIDS and other health disparities, Dr. Seele is known throughout the African Diaspora for her extraordinary vision and ability to create partnerships among faith leaders of various cultures and religious doctrines to become leaders in health promotion and disease prevention by providing comprehensive educational programs and offering compassionate support to all persons affected by life-threatening diseases.
Under Dr. Seele’s leadership, The Balm In Gilead has supported the establishment of over 12 national health offices within the national headquarters of Catholic, Protestant and Muslim communities in Africa and the United States; Furthermore, the Balm In Gilead has engaged nearly 10 million churchgoers throughout the United States in health awareness campaigns through the effective mobilization of African American churches to address public health issues.
Dr. Seele received the prestigious honor of being named a TIME 100 when the national newsmagazine selected her one of 100 people “Shaping our World” and featured her on the cover of this highly anticipated annual issue in May 2006. In January 2006, Dr. Seele was an invited guest of President and First Lady Laura Bush for the State of the Union Address as a symbol of the President’s commitment to work with African American churches in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Essence Magazine honored her with three features. In the May 2005 and 35th Anniversary issue, she was named one of the 35 most beautiful and remarkable women in the world. In February 2004, she was featured as “One of the New Activists” in the tradition of African American’s greatest heroes” and in October 2003, Essence named her one of “50 Women Shaping the World”, along with Oprah Winfrey and other distinguished women.
Pernessa Seele received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from the College of New Rochelle, NY and a Bachelor and Master of Science from Clark Atlanta University in ’76 & ’79. She is a native of Lincolnville, South Carolina.
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