Rev. Kinzer M. Pointer, Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, and Chair, Millennium Board of Managers, above, and Al Hammonds, Executive Director, Millennium Collaborative Care, below, address the Empire audience.
Millennium Collaborative Care and Albany-based Alliance for Better Health were guest presenters at the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention of New York held July 27 at Macedonia Baptist Church, 26 Wilson Ave., Albany.
Founded in August 1895 at the St. Phillips Baptist Church, Staten Island, NY, the Empire Baptist Missionary Convention is an organization of African American clergymen and laymen representing Baptist church organizations across New York State.
Millennium was represented by Al Hammonds, Executive Director; and Rev. Kinzer M. Pointer, Pastor of Agape Fellowship Baptist Church, and Chair, Millennium Board of Managers. They were joined by Jacob Reider, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Better Health.
In addition to providing information and updates on the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) and the ongoing efforts to reduce avoidable hospital use by 25 percent; a highlight of the education session was an inspiring presentation by Pastor Pointer who provided personal insight into health conditions impacting African American males. In specific, Pastor Pointer polled the audience on 1) whether they had a primary care physician, and 2) had they seen their Physician for a wellness or other visit within the past year. While the result was the raising of numerous hands; there was also the recognition by several others in the audience that they needed to act on this important information.
“Our objective is to continue to do the work of DSRIP and continue to effect positive change with audiences across our Western New York counties and across the state,” said Pastor Pointer. “I believe we achieved that today, and I look forward to seeing how these laymen leaders will continue to take this vital Primary Care message forward.”
Pastor Pointer’s emphasis on the vital importance of Primary Care resonated with the laymen audience.
Jacob Reider, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Alliance for Better Health, with Al Hammonds, Pastor Pointer, and Deacon Stephen Perry, President of the Empire Baptist Laymen.