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Faith Community Health

About Faith Community Health

The goal of Faith Community Health is to help people reach optimal health by integrating faith communities with healthcare to provide more effective patient navigation, education, and support to create healthier communities.

  • 2018 Impact Report
  • What is Faith Community Health?
  • What are Faith Community Caregivers?
  • What does a Faith Community Caregiver training include?
  • What is a Health Ministry?
  • Videos
  • Contacts

2018 Impact Report

We are proud to present the Faith Community Health Impact Report. The program has grown by 50% in faith community partners, patients and volunteers.

What is Faith Community Health?

Faith Community Health is a branch of the Faith in Action Initiatives through the Office of Mission and Ministries at Baylor Scott & White Health.

Faith Community Health seeks to bridge the gap between healthcare and faith communities by functioning on two fronts:

  • The Health Ministry portion empowers faith communities to develop and strengthen health ministry teams
  • The Faith Community Caregiver portion provides a ministry of presence to referred patients

What are Faith Community Caregivers?

The patient pairing portion of Faith Community Health trains volunteers from faith communities to provide a ministry of presence to lonely and isolated individuals who could benefit from additional support. During weekly one-hour visits, volunteers provide transportation to medical appointments, assist in grocery shopping, connect patients with local resources, and encourage adherence to plan of care, medication regimen and follow-up appointments.

Faith Community Caregiver trainings include:

  • The four principles of Faith Community Health
    • Right Door: educating people on correct avenues to seek healthcare
    • Right Time: educating and equipping individuals with prevention information to help them recognize and act on symptoms early in the process of a health issue
    • Ready to Be Treated: helping people understand what they need and their medical options
    • Reassured: treating people with compassion and competent care that eases fear and helps them know they are not alone
    • Communication and listening skills
  • Boundaries
  • How to have a productive and safe home visit
  • Care Cards for specific health situations

What does a Faith Community Caregiver training include?

  • 4 Principals of Faith Community Health
  • Right door, Right time, Ready to be treated, Reassured/Not alone
  • Communication and listening skills
  • Boundaries
  • How to have a productive home visit
  • Mental health

What is a Health Ministry?

By assisting faith communities in the establishment of health ministries, congregations emphasize the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit. Healing, health, and wellness are promoted among congregation members as well as the people in the surrounding community. Ultimately, the health ministry exists to help educate, empower, and connect people with the resources they need to be well.

Contacts

North Texas Faith Community Health Coordinator: 214.820.4524

Central Texas Faith Community Health Coordinator: 254.202.1151

Email: BSWHFAITHCOMMUNITYHEALTH@BSWHealth.org

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