CCC Faith Health Care Conference for Northern California Set for Feb. 28

February 05, 2009

The California Council of Churches is holding its first-ever Northern California Health Care Conference, and you all are invited to attend!   


This exciting event will take place Saturday, February 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612.


Patricia Gleich from the National Council of Churches' Health Task Force and head of Health Ministries for the Presbyterian Church (USA) will provide the keynote address. Several workshops will be offered, both morning and afternoon.  


The event is co-sponsored by the National Council of Churches, UCSF Abundant Life Health Ministries Initiative, and the Applied Research Center.  


As you may know, say organizers, public policy on health care "is flying at us thick and fast." President Obama has proclaimed health care to be a top priority for his administration, while in California we face serious cuts in programs and health care for Californians.  


This conference will offer you an opportunity to bring your faith voice into this issue in a wide range of ways. 

You will have a chance to learn how important - critical, in fact - are faith values and language when evaluating health policy and "speaking truth to power." Participants will explore "best practices" in health ministries, looking at several different projects in Northern California and how they serve their communities. There will be a real discussion of "responsibility," both personal and social, by looking at health disparities for communities of color that make healthy ways of life nearly impossible, and participants also will examine the role that congregations may have in a national pandemic, such as "bird flu" or other disaster.


Cost for this one-day event is $15 per person, which includes Continental breakfast, lunch, and all conference materials. Scholarship assistance is available on a limited basis.


Download registration form here. You may fax to 916-488-7310 or mail to CCC Health Conference, 4044 Pasadena Avenue, Sacramento CA 95821.


Your registration must be received by February 20 to guarantee a lunch reservation.


Be involved in learning the many ways you and your congregation can bring your faith values and your faith insights to bear on the many important choices about health policies facing our state and nation in the future!