New Blog: Building Trust with Faith Communities
As a partner with New Jersey Health Initiatives, a national Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant program dedicated to supporting innovations and driving conversations to build healthier New Jersey communities, THT shares news about our community projects through a series of blogs.
Recently, THT Program Manager Stephanie Doering wrote about the many ways THT collaborates with the Trenton faith community to improve health and well-being in our city.
“Faith communities are the heart of Trenton, celebrating the city’s diversity and compassion while fulfilling a key role as safe, trusted places to gather and share information – making them perfect community partners for Trenton Health Team’s (THT) efforts to improve health and well-being.
Trenton Health Team works closely with a network of faith communities on issues ranging from diabetes management to COVID-19, and from medical research to bicycle sharing.
For several years, THT has offered Faith in Prevention, a New Jersey Department of Health-funded community education program that trains lay leaders to host nutrition classes and share healthy lifestyle strategies with members of their faith communities. Our staff teaches the benefits of healthy nutrition and exercise, while providing information about cancer and how to quit smoking…
Building on our Faith in Prevention contacts, THT has recruited participants for our free Project Dulce (“Project Sweet”) diabetes education program providing practical advice and real-life examples to train peer educators to share diabetes care and education information in ways that fellow congregants, friends and neighbors can understand…”