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Author: SubtitleMay 27, 20144:05 pm
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Google Hangout on The Role of Faith-based Leaders in Supporting Health Security through Community Resilience

On Friday, May 30 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response will host a Google Hangout to discuss the role faith-based leaders can play in supporting national health security through community resilience.
Faith-based leaders are community leaders, and centers of religious life very often also serve as hubs of social connectivity. As a result, faith-based leaders can play an extremely important role in strengthening and sustaining communities’ abilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from incidents with negative health consequences through individual and community resilience.
During this Hangout, you will hear from panelists about what faith-based leaders can do to advance health security through community resilience, the importance of America’s PrepareAthon and how the faith-based community can be involved, and a local faith leader’s perspective on progress made, as well as gaps that remain, in enhancing community resilience.
Resilient communities include healthy individuals and families with access to health care who have the knowledge and resources to care for themselves and others in both routine and emergency situations. Further, the panelists will describe what faith-based leaders can do to promote self-care in their communities.
This Google Hangout follows the availability of public comments on the draft 2015-2018 National Health Security Strategy and Implementation Plan. If you haven’t already done so, please discuss it with other community members and professionals; and suggest activities that would advance health security at the community level and lead to improvements in the national priorities. Don’t miss your chance!
Panelists:
• Dan Dodgen, PhD, Director, Division for At-Risk, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience, ASPR
• Marcus Coleman, Special Assistant, DHS Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnership
• St. John Holloway, High Priest, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Participate in the Hangout by watching it live on https://plus.google.com/events/c4kfaqv60p3bbulj9pi7qlb8v5g.

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