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"Faith communities in which people worship together are arguably the single most important repository of social capital in America."
- Robert D. Putnam in Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community
Medical-Religious Partnerships are part of a larger Johns Hopkins Bayview vision of becoming the community’s trusted hospital of choice through volunteer education, health and wellness programs for congregational leaders and congregational health activities.
“Medical Religious Partner” is the name given to any congregation/faith group who engages with the Medical Center in becoming part of the effort to build a healthier community. These partnerships form an informal and committed network of congregations in the neighborhoods surrounding Johns Hopkins Bayview. There is no cost or exchange financially in this partnership.
Medical-religious partners are provided:
- Participation in HCP educational offerings (Lay Health Educator, Lay Health Advocate)
- Assistance with health fairs or health-related activities via tool kit or JHBMC Community Relations Department
- Use of Speaker’s Bureau for relevant topics
- Preventive health activities through Johns Hopkins Bayview Wellness Center for congregational staff
- Participation in JHBMC Community Partners CPE program
- Participation in JHBMC Pastoral Care Department Spirituality Course
- Participation in other health-related activities at JHBMC that are appropriate for community participation
- Parking privileges through the Pastoral Care Department
Medical-religious partners will:
- Support the Medical-Religious Partnership in prayer and worship to become God’s instruments for health and wholeness in our community
- Use clergy role to articulate and mirror the values and practices of a healthy life style
- Extend an opportunity for members and neighbors to be informed of the Medical-Religious Partnership, the benefits of and how to become active participants in the life and the work of the Medical Center
- Promote educational opportunities for trained congregational lay health educators and lay health advocates
- Assist lay health educators and congregational patient advocates as they provide support and guidance for individuals and families navigating through the health care system
- Seek ways to extend the Medical-Religious Partnership to other congregations and community groups
- Share resources that contribute to the success of Medical-Religious Partnership activities
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