For Faith-Based and Community Leaders and Their Members
The following are resources addressing the priorities that the focus of the HHS Partnership Center.
HHS is taking steps to pursue systemic policies that will provide comprehensive, holistic maternal health carefree from bias and discrimination.
- Consider this snapshot of efforts by the Biden-Harris Administration to advancing health equity and improving health outcomes of Black communities Black History Month:
- Overview of HHS’ efforts over the past year to support women and ensure their access to health care.
- Commitments from external partners to support and strengthen maternal health
Mental Health and Youth
HHS is drawing attention to the need to address mental wellbeing among children and youth.
- Surgeon General Advisory on “Protecting Youth Mental Health” outlines the challenge and describes how different groups, including faith and community groups, can get involved to address youth mental health.
- Check out Mentalhealth.gov and review resources for community and faith feaders to see how you can start a conversation in your community about the importance of mental health
- Review of the Compassion in Action Guide for principles that can be affirmed by faith communities seeking to address mental health in their community.
We can prevent overdoses and save lives by ensuring equitable access to essential health care and support services without stigma.
- Learn more about the HHS Overdose Prevention Strategy which expands the scope of the crisis response beyond opioids to include other substances that are often involved in overdoses, including stimulants such as methamphetamine and cocaine.
- Check out the Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit to learn more about how faith and community partners can be part of overdose prevention and harm reduction.
- Read through the Faith and Community Roadmap to Recovery Support to learn how faith and community partners can help individuals in recovery get back to work
Suicide is a major public health concern. Suicide is among the leading causes of death in the United States. Based on recent mortality data, suicide in some populations is on the rise.
- If you are in crisis, call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service is available to anyone. All calls are confidential. http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Review of the 988 website to learn more about the launch of this new three digit dialing code that will more easily connect to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s
- Sign up to participate in Faith.Hope.Life on May 13-15 and increase awareness about suicide prevention in your faith community
Individuals, families, and communities served by HHS programs are affected by high rates of incarceration. HHS initiatives that target this population encompass a range of human services, health, and behavioral health services.