Faith-Based Approaches for Addressing Trust in Vulnerable Populations
In Chicago, The Center focused on understanding how faith communities mediate trust for their members and the larger community. Public health often engages faith leaders as trusted messengers without understanding how faith leaders understand their own role. The Center completed a qualitative, mixed method study to increase understanding of 1) the self-perceived role of faith leaders in the promotion of positive health behaviors such as flu vaccination; 2) their perception of the challenges to fulfilling theirself-perceived role; and 3) their beliefs regarding ways that health care institutions could partner to support the fulfillment of their perceived role(s). In addition, The Center worked with local health departments to expand the reach of existing services and partnerships, including building a database and map of congregations that have the capacity to hold flu clinics.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public
Identify three key strategies to identify and engage faith-based organizations as partners in community health promotion and disease prevention outreach; Describe three ways to engage faith leaders in ameliorating trust as a barrier to community utilization of existing health care resources.
Keyword(s): Faith Community, Immunizations
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have led faith and health initiatives locally and nationally for over 15 years. I have been the Principal Investigator on this project for the past 5 years.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.