Faith and Spiritual Affairs
Optimal health and well-being for all of Philadelphia’s faith and spiritual communities including health providers.
Faith and Spiritual Affairs is dedicated to informing faith and spiritual communities about behavioral health care services and reducing the stigma of behavioral health concerns. By partnering and collaborating with faith and spiritual communities, city agencies, and stakeholders, DBHIDS will develop ways to provide health care to the community.
About Faith and Spiritual Affairs (FSA)
FSA utilizes the public health approach to educate communities of faith with evidence-based trainings, workshops, and conferences with a focus on educating communities of faith on signs and symptoms of behavioral health issues along with local behavioral health resources and programs.
The success of FSA in the community is due largely to the diversity and support of the FSA advisory board which is comprised of clergy from diverse religions as well as agnostics, academics, providers, and representatives of grassroots organizations who are committed to opening their doors to DBHIDS staff and stakeholders to provide supports to communities of faith.
One of the more successful trainings utilized in the faith community is Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Trainings have taken place in churches, mosques, and synagogues giving members of our faith communities additional tools to support individuals in crisis or experiencing behavioral health challenges. Several clergy from the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish community are MHFA instructors.
Annual Faith-Based Conference
The annual Faith and Spiritual Affairs conference is an example of a successful model of bringing awareness, education, and resolution to the community on issues and challenges which may impact individuals. Over the past 10 years, more than 3,000 people from the faith and provider community and individuals with lived experiences have attended the conference. The attendees have had the opportunity to experience workshops presenters who are experts in the field of trauma, behavioral health services, incarceration, re-entry, children’s services, intellectual disabilities, HIV/AIDS, violence reduction, and services for the aging.
Using a population health approach, FSA collaborates with faith and spiritual organizations, city agencies, providers, stakeholders, people of faith, and others to develop and implement ways to improve behavioral health and overall wellness within communities. Some of the ways FSA accomplishes this is by providing:
• Evidence-based trainings
• Educational workshops
• An annual conference
• Behavioral health resources and programs
• Virtual Outreach
• Healing & Hope Series
For more information on FSA and upcoming events, please contact Samantha Grannum at Samantha.Grannum@Phila.gov
- Faith and Spiritual Affairs One-Pager
- Standing on Sacred Ground: Advancing the Integration of Spirituality and Behavioral Health
FSA Advisory Board
Advisory Board Members
Samantha Grannum (Manager)
Frank A. James III, Ph.D. (Chairman)
Jack Trieu (Co-Chair)
Carmelo Urena, Ph.D.
John K Carlson, MBA, CRS, BAC
Rev. Myra Maxwell
Pascal Scoles, D.S.W., LCSW.
Rabbi Nancy E. Epstein, MPH, MAHL
Rabbi Nora Woods
Ram A. Cnaan
Rev. Dr. Christobal M. Kimmenez, Psy.D.
Rev. Fritz Fowler
Rev. G. Lamar Stewart Jr.
Rev. Jeffery A. Haskins
Rev. Naomi Washington-Leapheart
Rev. Toneh Williams
Rev. Wallace N. Fletcher, Jr.
Rev. Yesenia “Jessie” Alejandro
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