Promoting community health through faith-based leadership
The Center for Faith and Health listens to the heartbeat of the community and strives to help people and organizations promote whole health for all.
Whole health is physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and environmental.
The Center is interfaith and multicultural. Vulnerable groups are of special interest: clusters of people at risk for health disparities due to extreme age, poverty, isolation, neighborhood, and cultural barriers.
- Leadership of the Greater Fifth Ward Congregational Health Coalition (Click here for Flier)
- Community of Hope Pastoral Visitation (Click here for Spirituality Story)
- Regional leadership of the Interreligious Faith and Health Alliance (Click here for Brochure)
- Caring Communities Home Restoration Project (Click here for Photo Story)
- Over 125 classes annually
- 150+ fliers and publications in more than 5 languages
- Community-based research
- Increased community capacity through: over 100 full-time workers for 31 partner agencies, 5 new health and social service agencies, 6 on-going food pantries, 29 new funders for partner agencies
- Average of $4 million annually in leveraged goods and services for vulnerable groups
- Collaborative AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) projects (Click here for Pictorial History, Governor’s Non-Profit Leadership Conference power point presentation, and Zip Code Assistance Ministries — Organizational Development Project 3-year report)
– Adler NE, Stewart J. Health disparities across the lifespan: meaning, methods, and mechanisms. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2010; 1186:5-23.
– Diez Roux AV, Mair C. Neighborhoods and health. Ann NY Acad Sci. 2010; 1186:125-145.
– Rydholm L, Moone R, Thornquist L, Alexander W, Gustafson V, Speece B. Care of community-dwelling older adults by faith community nurses. J Gerontol Nsg. 2008; 34(4):18-29.
– Trickett EJ, Beehler S, Deutsch C, Green LW, Hawe P, McLeroy K, Miller RL, Rapkin BD, Schensul JJ, Schulz AJ, Trimble JE. Advancing the science of community-level interventions. Am J Public Health. 2011; 101:1410-1419.
– Wallerstein NB, Yen IH, Syme S L. Integration of social epidemiology and community-engaged interventions to improve health equity. Am J Public Health. 2011; 101:822-830.