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The New York State (NYS) Department of Health (DOH) AIDS Institute (AI), Prevention Division in collaboration with Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and other key partners will convene the forum INTERSECTION OF FAITH & HEALTH: Sustaining Partnerships to Improve Public Health Outcomes. This event will be held at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School on Friday, December 6, 2103, from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
The purpose of this gathering is to bring together leaders of faith and health to continue the dialogue on the intersection of faith and health to improve health outcomes for vulnerable communities. The forum will begin to put into practice recommendations from the 2012 forum series. Specifically, it will highlight concrete examples of successful faith and health community partnerships, demonstrate best practice models, and identify strategies for sustainability. In addition, it will include dialogue with academic deans and students on the realities of program integration, on strategies for developing formal partnerships, provide learning and networking opportunities, and it will encourage participant understanding of the importance of partnership building.
Since 2001, the NYSDOH AI’s Faith Community Project (FCP) has engaged faith communities in prevention efforts by fostering partnerships with higher education, community based organizations, persons affected by HIV and other relevant stakeholders. As noted above, in 2012, the FCP, in collaboration with academic and religious institutions, convened a series of forums throughout NYS to initiate dialogue on the intersection of faith and health and its influence on positive health outcomes. The events were designed to explore the intersection of faith and health and the feasibility of sustainable involvement of faith communities in response to emerging public health concerns. The ultimate objective is to produce health literate faith leaders and spiritually-literate healthcare practitioners.” Information shared in this first forum series confirmed that participants understood the value of faith-health relationship building and supported a shift in the professional preparation of healthcare practitioners and faith leaders. Evaluation results also showed that while participants appreciated the opening provided via the forum series, robust and continued efforts are needed to maintain the momentum necessary for these ideas to come to fruition.
Your participation in the INTERSECTION OF FAITH & HEALTH: Sustaining Partnerships to Improve Public Health Outcomes forum is essential to the continued success of this effort. To register, please contact Liz Greenwood at 473-2300 or via e-mail and leave you name, affiliation, contact number and if you require an accommodation or need an ASL interpreter.
If you have questions about the agenda, please contact, Carol Tyrell, Division of HIV/STD/HCV Prevention, AIDS Institute at 518-473-2300 or via e-mail email@example.com.