BK church addresses health-care disparity in community

AmNews Staff Reports | 4/25/2019, 11:44 a.m.
Health is everything. Knowledge is power. And it all starts with equal access for all.
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Health is everything. Knowledge is power. And it all starts with equal access for all.

Sacred Fellowship Ministries, located in the East New York section of Brooklyn, recognizes all of those truisms and will be hosting the first annual Healthy Body, Mind & Spirit on Sunday, May 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Restoration Plaza at 1360 Fulton Ave., Brooklyn, in order to do everything possible to assist as many people as possible in their healthy lifestyle quests. Supported by chief sponsor, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, and organized by the renowned Ferry Godmother Productions of the Hudson Valley, the chock-filled event will align with the National Skin Cancer/Melanoma Month offering workshops and screenings on heart disease, diabetes, opioid overdose prevention, HIV/AIDS and much, much more. The spiritual workshop will target clergy of all denomination to help bring community back to church. Free lunch and goody bags will be distributed to the first 100 people to register online at www.SacredFellowshipMinistries.org.

Intent on addressing the grave disparities that exist in health care for certain economic, racial and ethnic minorities, Sacred Fellowship Ministries hopes to level that playing field with their day’s offerings. Well aware of socioeconomic factors that greatly influence higher health risks in certain populations, the church is hopeful that the educational day will not only provide critical test results but also priceless education. With studies revealing that African-American males are twice as likely to contract catastrophic diseases and die as white males, as well as the long-standing reality of minorities’ distrust of the health care system, health fairs of this nature take on an even greater importance. African-Americans and Hispanics are reluctant to enroll in clinical trials to test medications and treatments, and these events allow access to treatment for those who are under-served.

Taking a holistic approach, the event will include topics addressing mind, body and spirit. The kickoff program, a special workshop for clergy of all denominations, will discuss methods to deal with declining congregations in all faiths, and a workshop focusing on the connection between the Bible and nutrition will also be held. Further, guests will have the unique and very personal opportunity to directly interact with medical professionals. Lead sponsor Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield will be providing presenters from the American Cancer Society and Kings County Hospital. Other workshop facilitators will include Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Iris House.

Sacred Fellowship Ministries provides an inter-spiritual Christian worship experience aimed at healing and celebrating life through love, social justice advocacy and service to all. They are committed to the affirmation of all people, inclusive of sexual orientation, religious affiliation and cultural, racial and gender identities.

Their founding pastor is the Rev. Dr. Lynn Sexton. A native New Yorker born and raised in Brooklyn, she is the daughter of the bishop at Brooklyn’s Church of God in Christ and received her Masters and Doctorate in Divinity from New York Theological Seminary. After worshiping for 14 years as a member, deacon, minister and serving as associate professor at a Brooklyn-based church, Sexton embraced her god-given vision for ministry and founded Sacred Fellowship Ministries. Sexton states, “Every day we see a vulnerable population firsthand; our goals with this health fair are to get people engaged, educated about their health and reinforce compliance with treatment recommendations.”

For more information on Ferry Godmother Productions, visit www.FerryGodmother.com.