As they are experience the Fellowship, FaithHealth Fellows are leaders in making the FaithHealth movement happen in their communities. Each one is already in a leadership position. The Fellowship helps build their capacity through coaching, cohort peer learning, exposure to other like initiatives and a grounding in a conceptual framework and logic model in which the faith and health movement is grounded. However, understand that they are pioneers and therefore also faculty and they form a learning community with each other and their coaches and facilitators. We are all learning as we all go where no one has gone before.
Annika Archie. Forsyth County. Supporter of Health, Division of FaithHealth, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem
Dean Carter. Robeson County. Coordinator, Department of Pastoral Care, Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton
Melanie Childers. Watauga County. Director of Pastoral Care, Watauga Medical Center, Boone
Philip Long. McDowell County. Regional Manager, Volunteers and Pastoral Care East, McDowell Hospital, Marion
Lisa Marisiddaiah. Gaston County. Coordinator, Faith and Health Ministry, CaroMont Health, Gastonia
Helen D. Milleson. Randolph County. CAP/Community Case Manager, Randolph Hospital, Asheboro
Dennis Stamper. Burke County. Chaplain, Blue Ridge Healthcare, Morganton
What is a FaithHealth Fellow?
FaithHealth Fellows are individuals willing and able to serve as FaithHealth leaders in their local communities in order to build comprehensive community FaithHealth collaboration between local congregations, hospitals, clinics and other social services. The goal is to develop the capacity of the FaithHealth Fellow to establish, expand, and strengthen the FaithHealth coalitions in to reach self-sustainability.
A FaithHealth Fellow is an integral member of a community who has the relational capacity to build networks to improve the health of their community. They are already embedded in community and are key partners in the FaithHealthNC. They have a passion for building community and compassion for community and the individual health journey. They are leaders with interpersonally skilled are reflective and trustworthy with a willingness to be a part of a learning community.
What difference do they make?
FaithHealth Fellows become agents of transformation in local communities addressing the social determinants (in-determinants of health) to reduce health disparities and lower the cost of healthcare. They become resources to faith and place-based population health collaboration of diverse partners. They become liaisons, navigators, translators and trusted collaborator between health systems, faith communities and community.
How are fellows prepared to make a difference?
FaithHealth Fellows preparation is conducted within a collaborative, learning community consisting of other Fellows and faculty members, all of whom are on a learning journey together. Successful Fellows need to exhibit a combination of humility, teachability, and passion for this work. They also need basic skills in understanding and working with faith communities, local organizations (especially nonprofits) and institutions like hospitals. The necessary skill set for any particular Fellow is somewhat particular to their own ministry context.
The curriculum for FH Fellows will come from eclectic sources including (possibly) the following:
- The SHALOM Communities;
- Community Commons;
- The Center for Congregational Health Young Leaders program;
- Clinical Pastoral education curriculum;
- Methods and processes
- Community engagement tools and processes;
Barefoot Guide chapter on Mapping
Evaluation: Community Based Participatory Research, Embedded Research and Program Development, Engaging community in analyzing and interpreting data
Basic Public and Community Health -101, including social determinants and “in determinants” of health.
How do we integrate the KBR and Duke process?
The Kate B. Reynolds and The Duke Endowment processes provide the opportunity to create a overlapping learning communities for individuals working within health care institutions to identify, create and share ways of effectively measuring the impact of the FaithHealth Fellow work in the local community with what is occurring in their institutions. The work of the Duke “Data Fellow” and The KBR FH Fellow overlap in collaborative ways, mostly at the local level where measures are being created in conjunction with the work that is going on in a given location. The KBR FaithHealth Fellows and the hospitals participating in Duke “Data Fellow” may not always be co-located but still have important synergy.
These parallel processes connect the informatics and analytic systems inside hospitals more meaningfully to community-based work. So the deliverables that come from capturing the learning and seeing where all these communities are at the end of two years should be vital in discerning what assumptions we think make these partnerships work or not.
Duke Data Fellows helps to see people in place on their journey; it guides and protects the work; important to use community also to help interpret/analyze data; transparency is vital FH Fellows help analyze and interpret data; just as Data Fellows guide and protect work—mutual relationship.