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Sharing a Legacy of Caring: Partnerships between Health Care and Faith-Based Organizations
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This monograph is intended to help health care policy makers, administrators, governing and advisory boards and providers explore the potential for developing partnerships with faith-based organizations. It is also intended for leaders in faith-based organizations who seek to develop partnerships around health issues to help them understand the interests, potential concerns and successful models from the health care organization’s perspective.

The monograph showcases the types of partnerships that can support community and individual health by strengthening the community safety net. It clarifies concerns and misconceptions about the appropriateness of collaborations between health care organizations that receive government funding and faith-based organizations. Finally, the monograph introduces the challenges and benefits that arise when two organizations, each with its own distinct purpose and culture, forge new relationships for a common goal.

Although a growing body of literature supports the benefits of a holistic approach to
health and the inclusion of spirituality in patient care, this topic is not within the
scope of this monograph. The resource section of the monograph provides information for those interested in pursuing this topic. The monograph is not meant to be a step-by-step blueprint for developing partnerships between health care organizations and faith-based organizations. This topic will be addressed by other publications of the Faith Partnership Initiative. (Author)
Washington, D.C.
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