Healthy Communities

Faith-Based Outreach COVID-19 Resources

Meet the Faith-based vaccination strike team.

The Office of Faith-based Outreach at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) works to inform, educate, and empower communities of faith to take an active role in their health. Through places of worship, Strike Teams ensure that hard-toreach populations, such as racial/ethnic minorities, people living with disabilities, marginalized rural communities, and elderly populations among others are included in COVID-19 outreach. Strike Teams target areas that have low vaccination rates and work alongside pastors and faith leaders to build and foster faith community relationships, address vaccine hesitancy, promote education, and encourage vaccination participation. To ensure statewide support, Strike Teams are assigned to a geographical area and are comprised of individuals with complementary skill sets that are highlighted below.

Member Region Background
Kristi Lambert Statewide Kristi Lambert serves as Faith-based Outreach Health Equity Team Lead. Kristi is the CEO of City Lights, Inc, a multimedia company focused on creating media that speaks. She is also the founder of the Arkansas Christian Film and Video Arts Commission (ACFVAC), a non-profit that seeks to provide Christian filmmakers with resources to implement and complete media projects. She is a graduate of Philander Smith College and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She holds bachelor’s degrees in accounting and radio, television, and film production. Kristi is a former board member of the LR Cent Committee, and a current member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, she serves as a social media management consultant to business owners. 
Patricia Edgerson Central Pat Edgerson is a community health educator hailing from Little Rock, AR. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Clark College (now known as Clark Atlanta University) and a Master of Public Health degree in health behavior/health education from UAMS College of Public Health. Pat is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Pat’s life journey has been very mobile and adaptive. For the past 40 years, she has served in the US Army Reserves in various roles including, Medical Service Corps officer, program director, lifestyle management health coach, and HIV prevention/intervention specialist. She has lived in over 13 communities across the U.S. and Germany, always providing to and collaborating with the community to ensure equitable health care for all. In her spare time, Pat enjoys genealogy, driving, traveling and beach life. She is the proud mother of three sons, three bonus daughters, and the loving Nana to six sensational grands. 
Elizabeth Moore Central Elizabeth Moore loves helping people. As a prior Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician (CCHT), she assisted physicians and nurses in monitoring dialysis patients. Pursuing her passions, Elizabeth is a current nursing student at the University of ArkansasCossatot in De Queen. Elizabeth is fluent in both English and Spanish and is an active member of the Minority Affairs Council where she works to find ways to improve local minority communities.
Tonya Starks Northeast Tonya Starks, a native of Earle, has worked in education and management for over 25 years. Tonya holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Business Administration and Management, and a Master of Business Administration in Human Resources. Tonya loves the support and connection of small-town communities; her passion is helping others succeed by providing knowledge and information. Tonya most recently worked as a Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau, where she worked with cities, local governments, and communities to engage, educate, and empower to raise awareness and participation in the 2020 Census. Tonya is an active member of the Disciples of Faith Ministry located in Earle, AR.
Yumina Labija Northwest Yumina Labija has lived in Northwest Arkansas for the past 6 years. As a trusted member of the community, Yumina is committed to providing support, opportunities, and facilitates health and wellness planning and organizing in Marshallese communities. She has substantial experience in customer relations and is fluent in both English and Marshallese. She is a member of First Marshallese Full Gospel Church in Springdale and enjoys playing volleyball in her spare time.
Tonya Boyce Southeast Tonya Boyce is founder and CEO of Eternal Grace Ministries, a nonprofit focused on providing community services through churches and other community organizations, she is also an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Tonya holds a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Doctor of Divinity from Santa Catalina University. She is also certified in dementia care, is a Certified Mental Health ParaProfessional, and is a Licensed Life and Health Insurance Agent. Tonya is currently a Community Educator for the Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas Chapter, hosts an inspirational podcast show entitled Moments of Grace, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In her spare time, Tonya enjoys writing poetry and has self-published some of her poetry books.
Danny Burl Southeast Danny Burl, a native of Pine Bluff, AR, has always loved servicing his community. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, as well as multiple professional training certificates in various areas of service. After serving Arkansas for 34 years as Superintendent with the Arkansas Department Corrections, he retired in 2018. Shortly thereafter, Danny moved into the position of Partnership Specialist with the United States Census Bureau. During that time, he worked with communities and local organizations to raise awareness, trust, and participation in the 2020 census. Passionate about community, Danny is actively involved in several community organizations, serves on various boards, and remains actively involved in various ministries. He is also a licensed insurance agent and the owner of DB Enterprises, a community entertainment company. Danny has been married to his wife Dovie for 33 years and is the proud father of three children. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, traveling, gardening, and visiting their children. Danny is excited to merge his community service experiences with his passion for faith-based outreach.
Tekelia Martin Southeast Tekelia Martin is a native of Southeast Arkansas. She received her Associate of Science degree in Behavioral Health from Phillips County Community College in Helena and works as a COVID-19 Medical Screener at Helena Regional Medical Center. Tekelia holds a Medical Assistant Diploma from Concorde Career College in Southaven, MS, and a Medical Administrative Assistant Diploma from Ultimate Medical Academy in Tampa, FL. She is a member of Spring Lake Missionary Baptist Church in Lexa, AR. Tekelia loves spending her free time watercolor painting.
Omar Gallardo Southwest Omar Gallardo resides in De Queen where he has been a local and state advocate for the Latinx community for over a decade. To ensure the Latinx community was counted in the 2020 Census, Omar served on the 2020 Census Complete Count Committee- communications subcommittee. At the local level, he serves on the E8 steering committee and serves as secretary of the Minority Affairs Council. He has also been a facilitator and Director of Fundraising for Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Arkansas. Omar is currently a patient care coordinator/translator for Healthy Connections Inc. based in Mena, Arkansas.

If your place of worship is interested in hosting a vaccination clinic, please contact the Office of Faith-based Outreach at 501-280-4545.

 

COVID-19 Resources for Communities of Faith

The following resources are meant to support the specific needs and interests of diverse communities of faith. This page will be continually updated as we learn more.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information | Vaccine Clinics

COVID-19 Treatment Information

CDC COVID-19 Guidance for Communities of Faith

COVID-19 Ask the Doctor

COVID-19 Download Signage

Drive-Thru Testing

FAITH Network Toolkit

FAITH Specific Guidance for Communities of Faith

Mental Health

Minority Health

COVID-19 Burials, Funerals, Memorials

Every faith community has unique practices to honor the deceased, however, due to COVID-19 traditional practices and rituals may need to be changed. The following are considerations for communities of faith.

General Resources:

Faith-Specific:

Click here if you are interested in hosting a COVID-19 Community Vaccination Clinic at your place of worship.
Completed forms may also be emailed to: Kimberly.Hayman@arkansas.gov.

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