Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS
In 2015, Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS, began working with Center Director Ella Williamson on establishing valuable programs and resources as the Youth Health Program Coordinator at the St. Joseph’s/Candler African- American Health Information and Resource Center (AAHIRC) in Savannah, Georgia.
AAHIRC’s primary initiative is to address health matters and concerns of primarily the African American community within Chatham County. Established over a decade ago, the Center conducts health screenings and sponsors events that educate and provide valuable resources for the general public who are restricted by unfortunate circumstances. The center also focuses on promoting healthy lifestyles, enhancing healthcare services and reducing the incidences of health conditions prone to affect many African-Americans. Strategically located in a highly impoverished area, the Center seeks to be a haven of hope for those plagued by persistent poverty. Almost two decades ago, the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Information and Resource Center (AAHIRC) became the vision of CEO Paul Hinchey as part of the larger Health System’s mission service to the Black Community and general public within Chatham County.
The Center’s mission is “rooted in God’s love, we treat illness and promote wellness for all people.”
Sr. Donna Banfield, SBS, has become a vital member of the center, assisting with Children’s Services such as storytelling hour, professional puppet shows, 4-H Comunity Club and the summer sessions of the Healthy Kids Cooking Camps. Together, with the Center’s Director, Ella Williamson, Sr. Donna helps impact the lives of both children and families through the services and resources that are provided. She has worked as the Youth Health Program Coordinator at the Center since joining them in 2015. Prior to that, Sister Donna served as a Catholic
“As a Catholic School educator for over 30 years, it is always a joy to see the ‘light bulb’ shine when a child grasps a new concept!”