Faith Based Quarterly Meetings

Program Overview: 

During the two year period of May 2012  – September 29, 2014, Fairfield Behavioral Health Services was awarded two grants under the theme “All Aboard for Healthy Fairfield” and umbrella of Fairfield Community Health Partners from the Healthy South Carolina Initiative including grant funders such as SCDHEC, Eat Smart Move More SC, and the SC Tobacco Free Collaborative.

Fairfield Behavioral Health Services’ target audience was faith based organizations in Fairfield County.

The overarching goal was to reduce deaths and disabilities often associated with tobacco use, obesity and heart disease.

Year 1 focused on tobacco education efforts. 

Year 2 focused on helping faith based organizations implement a comprehensive Health Ministry to address health from a holistic perspective and encourage members to not only make healthier lifestyle choices, but to also create environments that support healthy behaviors -- at home, church, and in the broader community.

Faith Based Quarterly Meetings was initiated in Year 2 to provide a setting for faith based organizations to collectively receive and share

  • Updates on Grant Objectives
  • Progress/Needs with Tobacco Education Efforts
  • Progress/Needs with Health Ministry
  • Lessons Learned
  • Recognition for their efforts
  • New education materials
  • Information about community resources and services

Though Fairfield Behavioral Health Services’ grant ended September 29, 2014 with the Health South Carolina Initiative, it was decided by the organization and participating faith based organizations that the quarterly meetings should continue, especially since the new grant project with the USC Prevention Research Center to implement FAN was to begin September 30, 2014.