The Rewarding Partnership between the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia and Drexel University School of Public Health
Interfaith Center staff collaborated with leadership from the Drexel University School of Public Health to hold a religious competency training on June 8, 2012, featuring presentations from individuals from five different religious backgrounds: Seventh Day Adventist, Judaism, Islam, Santeria, and Catholicism. The presenters shared personal stories related to the intersection of religion and health. Small groups worked on a case study exercise which highlighted some of the major barriers and gave the participants a chance to work together and problem solve.
On August 30, 2012 at the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) annual grantee meeting in Rockville, MD, the Pennsylvania Public Health Training Center (PAPHTC) was awarded a “Best Practices” certificate for “Building Strategic Partnerships in Workforce Training: Towards Religious Competency for Health Professionals.” This certificate recognizes evidence-based trainings and workshops that have a measurable impact on the public health workforce. For more, visit https://www.paphtc.pitt.edu/page.asp?p=20.
The PAPHTC, Drexel University School of Public Health, and the Interfaith Center of Greater Philadelphia are currently planning another religious competency training for early 2013.
For more information, please contact the Interfaith Center’s Director of Special Projects, Rev. Josh Blakesley, firstname.lastname@example.org.