2013 Faith Based Summit

Highlights of the Faith-Based Summit Luncheon!!!

The Faith-Based Summit Luncheon was held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at the United Way of Greater Houston in Houston, Texas.  Over sixty participants from the faith-based, clergy, healthcare, social services and academia community attended the Summit.  The air of the Summit was filled with excitement as participants engaged on the topic: Mental Health, Spirituality and the African American community.  The attendees were enlightened on the importance of eliminating the stigma associated with mental health care and services.

The luncheon began with uplifting words from the Summit Moderator Rev. Dr. Robert M. Gilmore, Sr. of Real Urban Ministries, followed by blessings from Pastor John D. Ogletree, III of First Metropolitan Church.  Vicky Coffee-Fletcher, program specialist with the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, eloquently challenged the participants to self-exam their own mental and physical well-being.

The attendees participated in an enlightening summit discussion over lunch with their fellow lunch mates on a topic to further share individual thoughts, concerns and commentary on mental health, spirituality and the African American community.

The Summit was power-packed with an awesome speaker Pastor A. J. Quinton of Diakinos Ministries from Austin, Texas.  Pastor Quinton shared his personal story about overcoming the stigma of seeking help to address depression.  He came to this realization after attending the Central Texas African American Family Support Conference in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Albert Thompkins, a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis (IUPRA) at the University of Texas at Austin, led an open Summit discussion for attendees to discuss mental health and the impact on the African American community. Many of the attendees shared that the Summit “gave encouraging information,” “mental health was an excellent topic” and would “recommend the information to their ministers who have a passion for mental health.”

The afternoon Summit concluded with informing the attendees about the upcoming conference.  The conference will feature 10 exciting workshops, an exhibit center and an awards luncheon.  Interested persons can register at www.gcaafsc.net. The keynote presenters will include honorary chairperson Representative Garnet Coleman, keynote speakers, Dr. Lovell Jones from University of Texas MD. Anderson Hospital and former NFL Football player Earl Campbell and son Tyler Campbell.

Conference supporters include: Austin Travis County Integral Care, the University of Texas-Austin, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Texas Southern University, City of Houston-Health and Human Services, Texas Health and Human Services-Commission for Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities, Mental Health Mental Retardation Authority, National Alliance for Mental Illness, Attention Deficit Disorder Association- Southern Region.

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