Purposeful Engagement: Developing and Sustaining Partnerships with Communities of Faith
Purposeful, thoughtful engagement with communities of faith can multiply prevention goals and assist in long-term, community-wide sustainability for prevention efforts and healthy, strong communities. Where robust partnerships exist with these influential allies, coalitions enjoy the support of interconnected community networks working together to advance prevention initiatives, increase sustainability and decrease stigma. Having shared goals, a common language and mutual respect and understanding are vital to creating strong partnerships. In this fun and lighthearted, interactive session, we will investigate ways of bridging prevention strategies with the often-elusive communities of faith, tapping into the natural interplay they share. Additionally, we’ll explore ways to institutionalize prevention strategies that can multiply our efforts and bring us closer to sustainability.
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:
1) Recognize the natural alignment prevention research has with communities of faith
2) Identify prevention research that can be used to communicate both long and short-term outcomes with faith partners
3) Analyze institutionalization of strategies and programs that can multiply prevention efforts and create sustainability