Sharing Goals: Developing and Sustaining Strong Partnerships with Communities of Faith
Communities of faith, like all other coalition sectors, have their own language, their own customs and their own desired outcomes. Where strong 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 a shared language and understanding is the key to creating strong partnerships that will advance shared goals. In this interactive workshop, we will explore ways of connecting to the often-elusive communities of faith. We will discuss the tried and true methods as well as offer innovative ideas to foster engagement. Finally, the presenter will share her experience delving deeper into a multi-year project designed to draw people of faith into the conversations surrounding prevention revealing the sometimes hard, often humorous lessons learned.
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
Angela Da Re