By Brian J. Grim, Ph.D.
This is part of a daily blog by RFBF President Brian Grim highlighting positive business responses to the pandemic, and part of the COVIDxNOW Global Economic Leaders Consortium, which is seeking to deliver innovative solutions for COVID19
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (Partnership Center) leads the department’s efforts to build and support partnerships with faith-based and community organizations in order to better serve individuals, families and communities in need.
PLEASE NOTE: The following recommended preventative practices and answers are in response to common questions received. They are based on what is currently known about the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Should you have questions that are not listed below, please contact the Partnership Center at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-260-6501. They will do our best to respond in a timely fashion and will continue to update their website as further questions and information come to our attention.
- For updates on the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) dedicated website. Also available in Spanish.
- For local information and for recommendations on community actions designed to limit exposure to COVID-19, check with your state and local public health authorities.
- For guidance and instruction on specific prevention activities related to your community’s tradition and practices, refer to your national and regional denominations.
The Role of Faith-based and Community Leaders Faith-based and community leaders continue to be valuable sources of comfort and support for their members and communities during times of distress, including the growing presence of COVID-19 in different parts of the country. As such, these leaders have the unique ability to address potential concerns, fears, and anxieties regarding COVID-19. Additionally, by reiterating simple hygienic precautions and practices, these leaders can broadly promote helpful information, managing fear and stigma, and restoring a sense of calm into the lives of those in their care.
Such leaders are also poised ― through their acts of service and community relationships ― to reach vulnerable populations with essential information and assistance. These acts of service are an essential part of the safety net for the vulnerable in their communities.