Have faith in Enhanced Health Opportunities
A sense of faith and community can improve emotional health. Social, spiritual bonds are often linked to a better well-being. That’s why Baptist Health Care has reached out to local churches to help their congregations be more proactive and educated about health through the Faith Health Network.
Navigating through the health system is not easy, but the Baptist Health Care Faith Health Network (FHN) provides “navigators” to help church members with questions about accessing health related services. FHN is linking church communities with the hospital and other care providers who can help their members.
“We understand that our community has a faith connection, and through FHN, we can provide health education and resources for the pastors and the people sitting in the pews,” said Joy Sharp, FHN’s program director.
Churches can enroll in FHN and select volunteers to serve as liaisons with Baptist. With help of the FHN navigator
and church liaison, congregation members can have questions answered and become more educated about care options and support.
Currently there are approximately 30 churches in Northwest Florida participating in the FHN program. When a congregation member is in need of specialized care, an FHN navigator can coordinate the individual’s needs and help them connect the dots as it relates to health and related social services. The church liaison is the bridge between the congregation and the health system and can provide spiritual support and other types of assistance while the patient is receiving care.
The FHN program is geared toward churches, but its programs and services are available to everyone. It offers ongoing seminars on various health topics such as heart disease, nutrition, stress management and self-care.
A healthy community makes for a better place to live. Baptist Health Care and our faith communities want all persons to have better access to better health.
"We understand that our community has a faith connection, and through FHN, we can provide health education and resources for the pastors and the people sitting in the pews."