Faith-based settings are traditionally places where people trust the information they receive from their leaders and other members. For example, messages to encourage immunizations may have a greater effect on members coming from the pulpit or through faith leaders than through other sources. Faith community members may include immunization interventions as part of their health ministry and outreach programs.
Faith-based interventions work best when used with interventions in other settings:
- Community-based settings: faith-based organizations can work to increase community outreach and access to immunizations
- School-based settings: faith-based organizations can use school facilities and equipment to host events for immunization-related activities
- Worksite-based settings: local businesses can sponsor faith-based seminars on connections between spiritual health and physical health
- Health care facility-based settings: faith-based organizations can work with health care providers to advocate for policies to increase immunizations
- Home-based settings: parish nurses can provide immunizations in the homes of at-risk individuals
Things to consider for faith-based interventions:
- Faith-based newsletters, church bulletins, posters, signs or other materials can reach people that may not be reached in other settings.
- Messages about the importance of immunizations and ways to increase immunizations may be trusted more if they come from faith-based leaders.
- For African American communities, churches are an important place for health education because many people in this community go to church and view the church as an important place in their community.
- Churches, mosques, synagogues, temples or other places of worship often have meeting spaces, equipment, resources or volunteers that can be used to deliver the immunization intervention.