Faith and Public Health

The faith community is a vital institutional structure within most U.S. communities. Because leaders from faith and public health share the same goal of advancing social justice and advancing community health and wellness, the faith community is a critical partner in shifting social, behavioral, political, and economic determinants of health. The MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice (MCPHP) has been on the forefront of providing opportunities for public health practitioners to learn and link with faith based institutions to improve the health of their communities.

MCPHP continues to highlight how faith and public health collaboration can work to transform communities.

Congregations as a Public Health Resource in Rural Settings

Webinar now available for viewing. 

The Congregations as a Public Health Resource in Rural Settings webinar is now available for viewing. This webinar highlights ways in which faith communities can contribute to the health and well-being of their members and the wider community in rural areas where resources are spread out and difficult to access.

For more information about the webinar click here.

You can view the PowerPoint version of the presentation by clicking here and here.

Click the link to view the recorded webinar: 

Stakeholder Health – Register Here!

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (CT)

Stakeholder Health – a learning collaborative of over 50 health systems – is a voluntary movement of people working within hospital health systems who see in the current policy environment the opportunity to address the underlying causes of poor health in their communities by strategically shifting existing resources and partnering with diverse stakeholders. Stakeholder Health is preparing to release their second document, a book entitled, Stakeholder Health: Insights from New Systems of Health (Edited by Teresa Cutts and Jim Cochrane) in June, 2016.  The book, developed with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is a rich and detailed review of some of the best practices in the areas of community health improvement, as well as clinical and community partnerships, spanning 11 chapters. This meeting is an opportunity for health systems in the Midwest to learn about and join the Stakeholder Health movement and to begin to identify opportunities for forward-leaning partnerships that fundamentally improve the health and quality of life in the communities we serve.


Webinar: Faith Communities Fostering Resilience

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (CT)

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships, Chicago Department of Public Health, Chicago Safe Start, Advocate Health Care, and MCPHP partnered to provide the Faith and Communities Fostering Resilience: The Power of Congregations to Heal the Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) webinar on April 20th, 2016. This webinar was part of a series of workshops and events related to Childhood Exposure to Violence Prevention and Awareness Week by the Chicago Safe Start program of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Webinar participants learn to define ACEs and resilience; describe how faith communities can be places that promote resilience – the ability to thrive and be healthy even when people have experiences ACEs; and provide practical tips to health congregations become “trauma informed”.

To view a recording of the webinar click here. Presentation slides can be viewed by clicking here and here.

For a list of resources provided during the webinar see below or click here.

Institute for Faith and Public Health Leadership

From 2012 through 2014, MCPHP in partnership with Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation, Advocate Healthcare, and Office for Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships implemented the Institute for Faith and Public Health Leadership. Through this institute, teams of faith and public health leaders from IL, IN, and MI learned how to identify and utilize the unique assets that both disciplines use to eliminate the root causes of health inequities – the preventable and unjust differences in health status based on the social conditions in which people live.

For more information about the Institute for Faith and Public Health Leadership click here.
To view archived presentations from previous institutes, visit our Training & Events Archive.