Webinar: Public Health Reaching out to the Faith Community: Why, How, and What Works

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Public Health Reaching out to the Faith Community: Why, How, and What Works
Original date:  April 4, 2016


The purpose of this learning event is to showcase successful partnerships between local and state public health agencies and faith-based organizations and provide information about how to identify, initiate, and build partnership relationships with faith and community based organizations that extend the reach of public health efforts.

  • Moderator: Mimi Kiser, DMin, MPH, RN, Program Director, Interfaith Health Program and Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
  • Panelists:
    • Rev. Kirsten Peachey, MSW, MDiv., DMin., Director of Congregational Health Partnerships for Advocate Health Care;
    • Rev. Dr. Shirley FlemingDrPh, MDiv., Director,Faith Health Promotion, Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Co-Director, The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
    • Patricia Peterson, Faith Community Outreach Manager, Fairview Health Services
    • Denise Dunn, RN, MPH, Education & Partnerships Unit Supervisor, Minnesota Department of Health
    • Jennifer Dillaha, M.D., Medical Director for Immunizations, Arkansas Department of Health

Over the past six years, IHP has partnered first with the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships on H1N1 and now with the CDC and ASTHO on seasonal influenza prevention activities. We collaborate with 10 diverse sites around the country to mobilize trusted networks of faith-based and community organizations and demonstrate effective practices for extending the reach of public health to vulnerable, at-risk, and minority populations. For the current project year, in addition to influenza prevention outreach in the participating 10 sites, IHP and its partners are hosting this event to further disseminate lessons learned from the project and increase capacity building through a webinar available to public health, FBO programs, and community leaders.


After participating in the webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify characteristics of “good fit” faith-based partners and what contributions they could make to public health efforts.
  2. Describe effective strategies for establishing and sustaining partnerships between public health and local trusted networks of faith-based and community partners for the purposes of planning and implementing interventions to reach priority populations.
  3. Report intention to incorporate lessons learned into local and state planning and partnership building activities.

Sponsored by the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.5.

Please complete the webinar evaluation by June 30, 2016 to request CE credits»


These activities have received support from the HHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships and funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement to Improve the Nation’s Public Health Infrastructure with State Public Health Agencies/Systems (Cooperative Agreement #U50/CC U313903-05).


The following materials were presented during the webinar.  Please click on the links below to download: