Partnerships between Health Care and Faith-Based Organizations

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Beginning with the observation that 43 million Americans lack health insurance, this report argues for building safety nets through partnerships between health care and faith-based organizations. It outlines the goals of the federally funded Faith Partnership Initiative, which include building networks among faith communities to improve health; providing tools for collaborations between faith-based and health care organizations; and creating communication channels between faith communities and various stakeholders. The report notes the crucial gifts that faith communities can bring to underserved populations. Some of these gifts are logistical: they can supply needed space for health care provision, deploy established volunteer networks, and arrange for health care at times that will be acceptable to care receivers. But perhaps more significant are their linguistic, cultural, and spiritual gifts: faith communities can offer health care settings that are welcoming and sensitive to the cultural or religious issues of care receivers; for non-English-speaking populations, they can bridge the language gaps between providers and receivers. Included are an extensive reference list and contact information for a number of successful partnerships. Congregations who would like to consider collaborating with health care providers will want to return to this report, available for download by clicking here.