Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)
(202) 671-5063 or [email protected]
Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB)
Good Day!

The Co-Chairs of the Places of Worship Advisory Board invite you to our upcoming Zoom meeting, see information below. We have a recording of the workshop on "Strengthening Voter Participation in the DMV” with a special message from Mr. Martin Luther King III.

Join POWAB Friday September 11, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:30 pm on Zoom:

POWAB hosts monthly meetings that are open to the public.
When: Every 2nd Friday each month
our next meeting is September 11, 2020 on Zoom
To learn more about POWAB, visit us at DCHealth POWAB website
POWAB full body meetings are being held remotely.

The Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB) consists of members of the regional faith community, partnering organizations, and departments of health in the Metropolitan Washington Region. POWAB exists to provide resources, advice, and supports efforts that result in improvements in whole person health for individuals, families, and communities. Our work focuses on the influence of faith institutions and faith-based organizations on the life and health of people who participate in faith-based services.
Special Message to Faith Leaders From
Mr. Martin Luther King III
Mr. Martin Luther King III, is an American human rights advocate. As the oldest son and oldest living child of civil rights leaders Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, King served as the 4th President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1997 to 2004.

Food, nutrition counseling, and access to health services are provided to low-income women, infants, and children under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, popularly known as WIC.

Meditation Video for Stress
National Faith HIV & AIDS Awareness Day
POWAB VISION: To connect people and communities to resources and support whole person health in mind, body, and spirit!
Needs your help to grow our presence and achieve our goal.
Please consider volunteering to become a part of his dynamic team
If your are interested or have questions see contact:

POWAB Social Media Reporter, Elder George Kerr III

POWAB Media Editor, Rev. Dana "Salia" Mitchell


Virtual HIV Interfaith Conference
September 22-24, 2020

The virtual HIV Interfaith Conference, Resilience and Renewal, will provide a space for sharing, capacity building and advocacy among people of faith involved in HIV and AIDS.
It will be an opportunity to celebrate the many resilient people engaged in the HIV response. It is an occasion
to recommit faith leaders and communities to address HIV-related stigma and discrimination,
as well as increase access and
promote human rights.

The Balm In Gilead's Sunday Morning
Health Corner

The Sunday Morning Health Corner e-Bulletin is your congregation's on-line Health Resource Center to keep your congregation and community educated and informed about health issues and concerns related to African American men, women, and children.

Interfaith Outreach and
A Message from one of POWAB Chaplin
Rev. Dr. Barbara Q. Rainey
Focus on your Creator
In these very uncertain times many of us have are two dominant thoughts the pandemic and the election.

We have questions too.
Do I wear a mask?
What is this thing about social distancing?
Why can’t my grandchildren come to visit?
How do I get a mail-in ballot?
Will my polling place be open?
Will it be safe to go the polls?

There is rioting in the streets. Gun shots are ringing out throughout the city. Young men and young women are losing their lives!
Who will be next?

In all these things, our Creator is more than a comforter. Consider the birds of the air and the lilies of the field. They neither labor nor toil, but they are arrayed with more than
designer splendor.
Fret not! Rather,
pray and God will take
Care of you.

Matthew 6:26-29

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If you would like to add a prayer
or positive message
POWAB Chaplain's

Minister Chi Mauuso, Chaplain

Rev. Dr. Barbara Q. Rainey, Chaplain
Minister Chi Mauuso
one of the Chaplain for POWAB
has taken her gift of service to the residents to Washington DC.
If your are a senior
in need of food, water or household supplies
contact: 202-813-7048

DC Alliance Pastoral Care Chaplaincy Program & Services
Interfaith Fellowship Praise Ministries

3rd Clinical Educational Training
Zoom Virtual Meeting
Mourning & Loss: A Life Cycle Perspective
Rev. Dr. Marisha Stewart, Ph.D

Cornerstone Peaceful Bible Baptist Church
Licensed Professional Counselor
Spiritual Life Coach
Podcast over 4.4k viewers - Lioness Queen, Women Residue Free from Divorce & Separation

Prevention and Intervention Services Division HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA)

POWAB Full Body Meeting 2020
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern
     Every month on the Second Friday
      September 11, 2020 12:00 PM
       Oct 9, 2020 12:00 PM
       Nov 13, 2020 12:00 PM
       Dec 11, 2020 12:00 PM
Phone: Call: (301) 715- 8592
When I want to change my life, I change myself first " Surely Allah does not change the conditions in which a people are in until they change that which is in themselves. (13:11)"
Islamic Affirmation


Collaborative Partners

Maryland Department
of Health Prevention and Health Promotion Administration
 New funding opportunities and Resources:
 COVID-19 Grant Funds
  • Deadline: 9/28/2020
  • Available Funds: up to $25,000 each
Maryland Department of Health: 

Maryland (COVID-19) Information for Businesses:

Home Test Kits for HIV/STIs
I Want the Kit – free get home testing kits for HIV/ STIs

Wednesday, September 9th
 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual “Yes We Can” Faith Symposium – Day 1
includes presentations by D. Spencer and Dr. Commodore-Mensah
Thursday, September 10th 
11:45 am – 1:45 pm
Virtual “Yes We Can” Faith Symposium – Day 2

For More Information
Mrs. Carmi Washington-Flood

As the faith community works towards re-opening, creating hand sanitizing stations and purchasing materials.

FDA updates on hand sanitizers consumers should not use


The District of Columbia Department of Health

US Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in Adults and Adolescents with HIV (2019): Recommended ART initiation as soon as possible.
Question or concerns:

For more information Contact:
Anthony Gutierrez 
Community Liaison
DC & Virginia 
Gilead Sciences
Products that should NOT be used, there are 115 products listed (12 full pages) that contain methanol which can result in Serious Adverse Health Events, Including Death, Associated with Ingesting Alcohol-Based Hand Sanitizers Containing Methanol
Thursday, September 17th 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Aging with HIV: Surviving Another Epidemic A National Webinar for
Older Adults with HIV

Thursday, September 17th 1:30 pm Addressing Housing Inequities, Race, and Health Community
of Practice on Homelessness: A COVID-19 Response virtual session Hosted by Health Care for the Homeless

LinkU is the free online resource and referral guide for DC, Maryland, and Virginia, available for consumers, faith-based organizations (FBOs), and community-based organizations (CBOs).

The LinkU network connects people seeking help to verified social care providers that serve them. As an added benefit, FBOs and CBOs can become " LinkU staff members", which grants the agency access to additional features.

If you organization would like to become a LinkU Staff member, please contact Ashley Coleman [email protected]

There will be a LinkU training/refresher on September 9th 11-12:30pm.
Whether you are new to LinkU or just need a refresher, you and your team are welcomed to attend.

Inspirational words for

POWAB Celebrate Our Seniors!
Mindful Moment Message from the
POWAB Co-Chairs:
“Quiet the voice telling you to do more and be more and trust that in this moment you are where you are and what you were doing is enough. You will get to where you need to be in your own time. Until then, breathe. Breathe and be patient with yourself and your process. You are doing the best you can to cope and survive amid your struggles, and that’s all you can ask of yourself. It’s enough. You are enough.
” Daniell Koepke "
Donna Gayles,
Community Co-Chair
 Regina Jefferson,
Government Co-Chair
Tasha Moses,
Community Co-Chair