Health Commission



The mission of the Health Commission of the Third Episcopal District (Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia) of the African American Episcopal Church is: to prayerfully work to achieve optimal physical, spiritual and mental health for the members of local congregations and for members of the communities they serve through health education, primary prevention, screenings and advocacy. In most cases the Commission will not deliver direct services. It will serve as a source of:

  • information, education and awareness;
  • conduit of resources; and
  • technical assistance

The board of the Third District Health Commission will work with and through “Health Champions” selected by Presiding Elders and leaders of health ministries in local churches.

Commission Members

Dr. Dorothy Jackson Young, Episcopal Supervisor

Mrs. Cheryl A. Boyce, Chair

Mrs. Sara Alexander

Mrs. Joann K. Blake

Mrs. Margo Brown

Mrs. Pamela L. Redden, MD

Mrs. Frances Tyus

Priorities for 2015 are:

  • Affordable Care Act Enrollment
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Obesity
  • Tawawa First Aid
  • Health Policy


Affordable Care Act (ACA)

aca-headerThe Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ( also known as the Affordable Care Act and “ObamaCare”)  was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 23, 2010.  The ACA was enacted to increase the quality and affordability of health insurance, lower the uninsured rate by expanding public and private insurance coverage, and reducing the cost of healthcare for individuals and government. The AME Church is committed to providing information, education about the ACA and facilitating opportunities for enrollment.  

The open enrollment period for 2015  begins  November 15, 2014 and ends February 15, 2015.

The plan is for local churches to work with and through as many partner agencies as possible to maximize the community’s access to insurance coverage.

 RESOURCES to Help You

Enroll America.
( Enroll America is a non profit, non partisan 501 (c)(3) organization focused on maximizing the number of Americans who are enrolled in and retain health coverage. Enroll America is partnering nationally with the AME Church.

  • Trey Daly, State Director for Ohio.
  • Bill England, State Director for Pennsylvania.
  • Kate Doehring, National Director (covers WV).


Navigators are individuals or organizations trained to help consumers as they look for health coverage through the marketplace including completing eligibility and enrollment forms. They are required to be unbiased and provide services free to consumers.

  • Ohio. Ohio Association of Foodbanks, Jason Elchert, Deputy Director, 101 East Town Street, Suite 540, Columbus, Ohio 43215, (614)221.4336 x. 224
  • Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers, 1035 Mumma Road, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania 17043. (717)761.6443
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17111 (717)564.4930
  • West Virginia. Advance Patient Advocacy, LLC.
  • National Healthy Start Association (has grants for West Virginia and Wisconsin) 1411 K Street, NW, Suite 1350, Washington DC 20005 (202)296.2195
  • Clay-Batelle Health Services Association, 5861 Mason Dixon Highway, Blacksville, WV 26521


Health Education Materials and Resources Designed for Communities of Color

U S Department  of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health Resource Center

1.800.444.MHRC (free materials, data, grant information, etc.)

There are State Offices of Minority Health that can provide a variety of services and resources. The scope of these offices vary per state.

  • Ohio Commission on Minority Health. Angela Cornelius Dawson, Executive Director. 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 (614)466.4000
  • Pennsylvania Office of Health Equity, Dr. Hector Ortiz, Director, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17120 (717)547.3481
  • West Virginia Office of Minority Health, Taya Williams, Director, 350 Capitol Street, Room 224, Charleston, WV 25301 (304)356.4243

Churches should use the  reporting form on this site to document monthly activities. Forms should be sent to


The Commission is continuing to retrieve information about local health ministries. The work of local congregations is integral to our work especially relative to addressing obesity programming. It is our intention to lift up efforts that have been successful,  to connect churches and maximize resources.

If your church has not completed a survey please take a moment and do so. Click Here.

If you do not enroll in a 2016 plan by January 31, 2016 you cannot enroll in a health insurance plan for 2016 unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

Special Enrollment Period means a time outside of the open enrollment period during which you and your family have a right to sign up for health coverage. In the Marketplace, you qualify for a special enrollment period 60 days following certain life events that involve a change in family status (for example, marriage or birth of a child) or loss of other health coverage. Job based plans must provide a special enrollment period of 30 days.

SOURCE: Federal Government website managed by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services



MINORITY HEALTH MONTH-OHIO:  The Ohio Commission on Minority Health has announced the availability of grants in support of Minority Health Month, April 2016. Grant applications are due September 7, 2015. Information and grant details can be accessed at


SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO COMMUNITY GARDEN ACADEMY FUND OF THE COLUMBUS FOUNDATION: Applicants may request support for community gardens or nontraditional gardens, including farmers’ markets, school gardens, public  greening projects, and neighborhood beautification efforts. Grant awards will support projects during the 2016 growing season. The deadline for applications is October 2, 2015.  For additional information please contact Hailey Stroup at 614.251.4000.

NOTE: The Commission will share grant announcements that might be of interest to congregations. Please note that because the Third Episcopal District serves three states  we do not screen announcements for geographic eligibility. Please contact the funder prior to application to assure your eligibility for funds.


Accountable Health Communities Model Announced

CLICK HERE to learn more.

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