Engaging religious diversity to strengthen health across the nation
FAITH & HEALTH
Fellows will shift the faith and health narrative by elevating both academic and public awareness of the positive potential of our nation’s religious diversity in health settings.
Our nation’s religious diversity is a key asset as we build healthier communities where everyone belongs. Interfaith America is working to leverage that strength throughout the health ecosystem.
Most of our neighbors see religion as a key part of their personal and social lives. And communities facing barriers to health care often turn to faith-based organizations to bridge gaps in information and access. Together, these indicators point to the need to engage our nation’s religious diversity thoughtfully and fruitfully in health-related settings.
At Interfaith America, we’re building communities of practice committed to unlocking the positive potential of religion in health-related settings. From undergraduate and graduate health professions programs to health-focused faith-based organizations to health system and public health leaders, we’re inspiring, equipping, and connecting those who are poised to bridge the gap between religion and health to promote individual and community flourishing.
Highlighting best practices and key pedagogies, this article profiles campuses that have successfully integrated religious diversity education into health fields curricula.
Written in partnership with health fields faculty, medical practitioners, and bio-ethics students, these case studies describe real-life scenarios from health care settings in which religious identity plays a significant role. New case studies added October 2023.
Listen to stories and facilitated conversation about the rich promise, even urgency, of engaging religious identity in health-related settings.
This resource provides strategies for healthcare providers to frame the conversation on religion and medicine in a manner focused on providing the best care to all people.
Build trust in the COVID-19 vaccine and bridge gaps in information, resources, and access to strengthen community health.
Interfaith America partnered with Chautauqua Institution to host its first ever Faith & Health Convening, centering the question: How can we work systematically to unlock our religiously diverse identities and communities to strengthen personal and public health?
Interfaith at work
The Interfaith Healthcare Cohort (IHC) includes over 75 young professionals working within the various intersections of faith and health. The IHC is a great place to build relationships with other folks across the country who are interested in interfaith and healthcare, further develop interfaith skills, and have access to resources to positively influence change.
With a proven model and trusted regional partners, we’re extending our vaccine outreach in the Carolinas.
We understand the importance of training religious leaders who have an awareness of social determinants of good health.
— JONATHAN LEE WALTON, DEAN, WAKE FOREST DIVINITY SCHOOL
Get inspired, equipped, and connected to unlock the potential of America’s religious diversity.