Online Program

Faith-Based Approaches for Addressing Trust in Vulnerable Populations

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Kirsten Peachey, MSW, MDiv, DMin, The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Advocate Health Care, Downers Grove, IL
Shirley Fleming, RN, CNM, MSN, MDiv, DrPH, University of Illinois Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnership, Chicago, IL
Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, Department of Global Health, Interfaith Health Program, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA
The rate of flu vaccination among low-income African American communities is low.  Consequently, the rate of flu-related morbidity and mortality are higher than the general population.  The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation (The Center) in Chicago has been one of 10 national sites partnering with ASTHO and the Interfaith Health Program to reach these populations through faith-based approaches. Using a practice-based discovery process and a modified Delphi technique to synthesize distinctive practices from across the 10 sites, a Model Practices Toolkit was developed that delineates essential practices associated with faith-based and community organizations that have successfully reached vulnerable populations with influenza vaccination and education.  Practices around trust were identified as core to effective engagement.

 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

Learning Objectives:
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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

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.