Faith in Prevention: Year 3

Faith in Prevention Lay Leader training
February 7, 2017
August 19, 2019
Translating local innovation into statewide policy: Lessons from a medications for addiction treatment (MAT) prior authorization pilot in Camden, New Jersey
In this brief, we outline our prior authorization pilot program and our work with partners to translate the pilot into successful statewide policy.
Natasha Dravid and Alex Staropoli
August 19, 2019
Camden residents identify barriers to health in their neighborhoods
Members of organizations that have participated in our Faith in Prevention program conducted a health assessment of their Camden neighborhoods.
Whitney Buchmann
Camden Coalition staff and Community Advisory Committee members participate at the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey’s Annual Legislative Day at New Jersey State House
July 18, 2019
Camden Coalition joins the call to fully fund the Affordable Housing Trust Fund
To help secure FY2020 funding for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, CAC members took part in HCDNNJ's Annual Legislative Day at the NJ State House.
Whitney Buchmann
July 16, 2019
From siloed systems to ecosystem: The evolution of the Camden Coalition’s complex care model
In this four-part series, we describe the phases of our care model as we addressed challenges and tested new solutions.
Kathleen Noonan and Kelly Craig
July 15, 2019
Graduates of Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council program reflect on their fresh start
Now in its 28th year, the Interfaith Homeless Outreach Council — or IHOC — has transformed countless lives.
Bill Nice
Camden Coalition care team member helps patient fill medication box.
July 11, 2019
Bringing it home: The shift in where healthcare is delivered
In this blog post for JAMA Forum, Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason write about two new opportunities to incentivize innovative complex care models.
Lauran Hardin and Diana Mason

Our Faith in Prevention program has gained regional and national visibility in its first two years of operation, and applications are now open for year three. This year we’re focused on making the program better than ever for Camden-area faith-based organizations (FBOs) seeking training and funding to promote health and togetherness in their communities, while also making sure that alumni FBOs stay connected to the city’s health and wellness resources.

We are seeking 20 faith based organizations (such as churches, mosques, and synagogues) to take part in this year’s Faith in Prevention program. Participating organizations will be trained to deliver the Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More curriculum to their congregations, and will be able to apply for $3,500-$5,000 for creative projects to promote the health of their congregations and communities.

Many FBOs choose to use their funding to start fruit and vegetable gardens, and this year FBOs will be able to get gardening help from local students. Facilitated by our longtime gardening partner, Jonathan Weinstein of Parkside’s Roots to Market, botany students from Camden’s Big Picture Academy will spend the summer helping our FBO members learn to grow fresh and healthy food for their communities.

As we continue to build out year three of Faith in Prevention we want to make sure that our alumni FBOs aren’t losing their commitment to healthy lifestyles after their participation in the program is over. We are connecting alumni FBOs with Get Healthy Camden (GHC), a citywide campaign working to create a culture of health in the city. As Soley Berrios, Program Assistant for Community Engagement at the Camden Coalition, writes on the New Jersey Healthy Communities blog:

“The [Get Healthy Camden] campaign has created partnerships across the city that will be able to plug our FBO alumni into additional resources, while keeping them focused on the larger goal of better health for their communities. In addition, including the FBO alumni will be a great asset to the campaign, since these faith-based leaders are a trusted voice in all of the neighborhoods of the city that they represent. By participating in GHC, they will be able to continue impacting their congregants and their families.”

Alumni FBOs will be meeting with Get Healthy Camden representatives on Monday, February 27 at Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden. For more information about applying to become a Faith in Prevention participant, visit our webpage and download the application packet. To learn more about our partnership with Get Healthy Camden, please contact Soley Berrios at [email protected]

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