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Wednesday, November 28 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
E-31 - You Will Never Have to Walk Alone: Bridging the Divide Between Faith-Based and Community Organizations

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As the HIV/AIDS epidemic has escalated in the African American community, identification of new diagnoses is a priority. An essential community stakeholder in helping to reach the community is faith-based organizations (FBOs). The Ryan Center (Ryan) has identified, developed, and maintained relationships with FBOs in neighborhoods of color, particularly Harlem, to provide quality HIV counseling, testing, and linkage services to these heavily impacted populations. Positive clients are linked to medical care at a Ryan site. The relationship between the Ryan and FBOs allows for outreach to communities where HIV is heavily stigmatized, in a trusted space. At-risk youth particularly benefit from this outlet and outreach. Ryan staff will use their experience with FBOs to provide a blueprint for Ryan White grantees in establishing similar partnerships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Using examples, staff will discuss identification of the faith-based organizations and their gatekeepers, or the person to contact at a faith-based organization. Staff will review the key qualities of gatekeepers, and the importance of this role. Roles in faith-based organizations will be discussed, particularly those of pastors.
  • Staff will use a small group break-out session to identify techniques used to create the building blocks of the relationship between a community-based organization (CBO) and a faith-based organization. This objective will focus on the foundation of the relationship between a CBO and a faith-based origination, and how to initiate and establish the relationship. Staff will cover Memorandum of Understanding and Linkage Agreement documents.
  • Staff will cover reciprocity and strategic sharing, facilitating a discussion about how the give-and- take relationship between CBOs, especially those that are also FQHCs, and faith-based organizations, enhances the multidimensional approach to wellness that FQHCs have historically taken.

Moderators
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Fay Barrett

Coordinator of the Prevention, Education and Outreach, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Inc.
Fay Barrett has been employed by the Ryan Network for 20 years and currently oversees the Outreach Department as Coordinator of the Prevention, Education and Outreach at the William F. Ryan Community Health Network. In 2000 Ms. Barrett received her Master’s Degree in Public Health... Read More →

Speakers
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Shannon Skinner

Assistant Coordinator of HIV Testing and Linkage to Care, William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Inc.
Starting as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at the William F. Ryan Community Health Center, Ms. Skinner transitioned into the role of Assistant Coordinator for HIV Testing and Linkage to Care after her service year. She studied religious studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill... Read More →


Wednesday November 28, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm
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