Partners in Health and Faith: The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative

Program Description

Pamela Price presents Health and Faith

Pamela Price

Deputy Director, The Balm In Gilead

Tanya Henderson, PhD

Program Director, Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative, The Balm in Gilead

Regina J. Knox, MPH, MCHES

State Manager, Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative, The Balm in Gilead


The Balm In Gilead, Inc. develops educational and training programs specifically designed to
establish sustainable, integrated systems of public health and faith principles by working with
national, regional, and local faith-based partners in African-American communities.

The Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative (SDFI) is a 5-state initiative designed to create a
sustainable infrastructure within African American faith-based institutions to effectively deliver
the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP). The initiative incorporates 30 minutes of
physical activity in weekly classes held at faith organizations. Participants are encouraged to 1)
lose a minimum of 5% of their body weight and 2) obtain 150 minutes of physical activity
weekly by the end of the program.

The five state collaborative includes Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and
Virginia. State Managers work with faith organization, healthcare facilities, and public health
agencies to develop strong partnerships at the state, county, and community level. Each state
manager supervises a team of trained lifestyle coaches who teach SDFI classes.


Presenter Bio(s):

Tanya Henderson, PhD
Dr. Henderson serves as the Project Director of the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative, a
program of the Balm in Gilead. Dr. Henderson has more than 30 years of public health
experience. Dr. Henderson is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C. (PhD,
Organizational Communication and MBA}, and Middle Tennessee State University in
Murfreesboro, TN (BS, Advertising and Public Relations). She has also done advanced study in
HIV Science and Treatment (University of California, Los Angeles) and in Human Sexuality
University of California, San Francisco).


Regina J. Knox,  MPH, MCHES®
Regina Knox has 10 years of experience as a health educator and six years’ of experience working with rural underserved populations. Ms. Knox has earned a Masters of Public Health degree and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). She serves as a state manager (Alabama) for the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative where she is responsible for developing and maintaining partnerships with faith organizations to serve as host sites for the National Diabetes Prevention Program.


Pamela D. Price
Pamela D. Price currently serves as the Deputy Director for The Balm In Gilead managing the various health initiatives of the organization. Under her leadership, the organization provides support to faith institutions in areas of program design, implementation and evaluation, which strengthen their capacity to deliver programs and services that contribute to the elimination of health disparities. In addition to her role as Deputy Director, she also serves as the Director for The National Brain Health Center for African-Americans. In 2016, she co-developed a six-part educational curriculum for nurses and allied healthcare professionals aimed at addressing knowledge gaps related to Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias affecting African Americans. Mrs. Price has conducted over 25 training sessions across the country with various nursing associations and healthcare organizations. She also co-created and facilitates an accredited training for healthcare providers; aimed at increasing cultural competencies related to the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of dementia in African Americans among providers.

Mrs. Price holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Public Health and has more than 20 years of experience in public health, epidemiology, and healthcare. As a registered nurse, she has served as a member of the U.S. Army Nurse Corp and excelled in both government and non-governmental agencies providing leadership and guidance on program management, quality improvement, and project development. Mrs. Price frequently conducts workshops and trainings across the country at various conferences and events in addition to providing technical assistance and capacity building services to community-based organizations.