Faith in Prevention
Faith In Prevention (FIP) is a community education partnership between Trenton Health Team and local houses of worship.
Funded by the state Department of Health, FIP builds on the crucial role houses of worship already play in the community as safe, trusted places to gather and share information. Working with both faith leaders and lay leaders, THT helps FIP participants understand their health risks, and provides nutrition information and healthy lifestyle strategies so they can manage those risks.
THT trains lay leaders to host nutrition classes and share healthy lifestyle strategies with members of their faith communities. We also provide health screenings for chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and hypertension—critical health issues in Trenton.
Since THT launched the program, nearly 80 houses of worship have participated, touching the lives of nearly 1,400 congregants. For more information, please contact Program Manager Charlene Phelps.
FIP uses the Faithful Families Thriving Communities curriculum, which is relevant to any faith community. Mini-grants are available to help faith-based organizations make systems, policy, and environment changes, such as purchasing exercise equipment for congregants to use.
FIP participants may also choose to allow representatives of their faith communities to be notified if they are hospitalized through the Trenton Health Information Exchange (HIE).
• 18 faith-based organizations
• 29 faith leaders trained on the curriculum
• 12 faith-based organizations connected to the Trenton Health Information Exchange (HIE) that can assist health ministries
• $27,000 awarded in grants for walking trails, exercise rooms, and other projects promoting community well-being