Community and Clinical Connections
Individual and social impact: The Faithful Families curriculum is intentional about linking faith communities to local resources, services, and initiatives to support healthy eating, physical activity, and the prevention of chronic conditions.
The curriculum includes:
- Local food programs and resources available through Extension
- Guide to conduct grocery store tours
- Guide to hold nutrition classes in food pantry
- Diabetes prevention resources and programs
- Heart disease prevention resources and programs
- Cancer risk prevention resources and programs
Organizational impact: Faithful Families works with each faith community to help them establish organization changes that support health. In the process, program facilitators can offer additional resources that support these changes, such as helping faith communities establish community gardens with support from Extension agents. They have also connected faith communities to local health departments that helped establish on-site blood pressure monitoring stations for community use.
Community impact: Faithful Families support faith communities to extend their each into the local community by connecting to local resources, coalitions, and community organizations. Through Faithful Families, faith communities linked members to prevention programs, such as Diabetes Prevention Program. Some faith communities have also become host sites for Diabetes Prevention Programs.