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Information from TN Dept of Health about the Ongoing Novel Coronavirus Outbreak

Resources and Tools for Building a Health Ministry

General Health Facts and Resources

  • Books
    • Braithwaite, Ronald L., Sandra E. Taylor, John N. Austin. Building Health Coalitions in the Black Community. Sage Publications: California, 2000.
    • A Minute for Your Health, the ABC's for Improved Health and Longevity edited by the Association of Black Cardiologists
    • Anchoring Your Well-Being: A Guide for Congregational Leaders
    • Howard Clinebell (Upper Room, 1997).
    • The Healing Power of Faith: How Belief and Prayer Can Help You Triumph Over Disease
    • Harold G. Koenig, M.D. (Touchstone, 1999).
    • God, Faith, and Health: Exploring the Spirituality-Healing Connection,
    • Jeff Levin, Ph.D. (John Wiley and Sons, 2001)
    • Faith and Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing 
    • Harold G. Koenig, M.D. (Templeton Foundation Press, 2005)
    • When Sickness Heals: The Place of Religious Belief in Healthcare 
    • Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool, (Templeton Foundation Press, 2006)
    • Russell, Cameron T., and Russell, Myrtle D. Small Change: A 28-day guide to eating, thinking, and feeling healthier. 
    • Jackson, TN: Main Street Publishing, 2005.
  • Faith and Health Websites
    • The Park Ridge Center explores and enhances the interaction of health, faith, and ethics through research, education and consultation to improve the lives of individuals and communities.
    •  Templeton Foundation Press publishes scholarly and trade books on a variety of subjects, including the connections between science and religion, spirituality and healing in medicine, the verification of universal spiritual laws, character development, and freedom.
    •  Interpreter Magazine is the official ministry magazine of the United Methodist Church. The January-February 2006 issue focuses on health and wholeness.

Faith-Based HIV/AIDS Programs

  • Balm in Gilead
  • First Response Center - Nashville, TN

Faith-Based Substance Abuse Programs

Speakers Bureau

Faith-Based Health Initiatives can provide speakers on many topics for your congregation or group.
Faith Based Initiatives can provide speakers on the following topics:

If you need a speaker on one of these topics or if your interest is not listed, please call (615) 741-9443, and we will put you in touch with an individual who best suits your needs. Most speakers do not charge for their services.

Grant Opportunities

The Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service will make funds available through a grant to support community-based service-learning for after school programs. Competitive grant applications from experienced after school programs are invited under this announcement.

The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) is to create an environment within the Department (HHS) that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need. The CFBCI's mission is part of the Department's focus on improving human services for our country's neediest citizens. This Center leads the Department's efforts to better utilize faith-based and community-based organizations in providing effective human services.

Most Federal agencies have experts who are available to help organizations apply for and manage their grants. Applicants should call the contact identified in the grant announcement or contact an agency’s regional office. These agency staff are available to answer questions over the phone. The programs that follow are organized into general categories. At the beginning of each category are programs for which you make application directly to one of the Federal agencies. They do this at no cost to your organization.

The Vulnerable Populations Portfolio is seeking new community-based approaches to health and health care problems that intersect with social factors-such as inadequate housing, poor education and poverty. We are interested in projects that serve hard-to-reach individuals and families, especially new immigrants and refugees, frail older adults and at-risk adolescents. All applicants must use the RWJF Brief Proposal Form to apply for this program. Proposals are accepted at any time. There are no deadlines for this solicitation.