Guiding Philosophy

Cities Changing Diabetes demonstrates that when we in Houston put our minds to something, we get it done. It is through community-wide initiatives and public-private partnerships like this that Houston gets its best work done, and I stay highly motivated to support Cities Changing Diabetes”.
— Mayor Sylvester Turner

The Faith and Diabetes Initiative seeks to empower diverse communities of faith in Greater Houston to better understand and address diabetes awareness, prevention, and management with special attention to religious belief, practice, and community life. We believe that faith and health are inextricably linked, and that communities of faith have a key role to play in terms of making Houston a healthier place to live, work, and play.

Central to the Faith and Diabetes Initiative is the Congregational Health Leadership training program, described below.

 Interfaith Convocations at the Inaugural Faith and Diabetes Summit, October 29, 2016

Interfaith Convocations at the Inaugural Faith and Diabetes Summit, October 29, 2016


Format

APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR COHORT II:  August 31st , 2018

The Congregational Health Leadership Training includes three full-day group-learning seminars along with homework assignments and a final project. The training features approximately 25 hours of class-time, where participants will hear from experts in their respective fields, engage in collaborative, experiential learning, discuss the issues most pressing to them, and vision the future of their respective health and wellness initiatives.

We have the ability to support one cohort during this training - a Saturday cohort

Saturday Cohort - 8:00am-5:00pm
September 8th, 15th, and 22nd

The training will be held at:

Institute for Spirituality and Health

8100 Greenbriar, #220

Houston, TX 77054

Parking is free, and lunch will be provided each day.

Trainees are expected to apply in teams of two or more, and should be members of the same faith community.

The cost to participate is $100 per community of faith.

Once training is completed, conference calls, group check-ins, and project updates will occur at regular intervals.

To apply, please CLICK HERE.

If you have any questions, please contact Thomasina Burns - tburns@ish-tmc.org


Content

 Faith and Diabetes Action Work Group members plan the Faith and Diabetes Summit, September 29, 2016

Faith and Diabetes Action Work Group members plan the Faith and Diabetes Summit, September 29, 2016

The curriculum includes five different themes:

  1. Diabetes self-management and treatment;

  2. Diabetes prevention and awareness;

  3. Religious Life and Health;

  4. Leadership and Communication;

  5. Evaluation techniques and principles.

TMF Health Quality Institute, Harris County Public Health, Houston Health Department, the Health Policy Institute, and Institute for Spirituality and Health are responsible for conducting the training, each providing trainers with expert knowledge and experience in working with faith and community based organizations.

By the end of the training, participants will be prepared to lead diabetes self-management courses as well as implement a custom diabetes prevention project.

 Action Work Group leaders pitch the idea for faith-based programs to stakeholders involved in deciding on the strategic direction for Cities Changing Diabetes, February 18, 2016.

Action Work Group leaders pitch the idea for faith-based programs to stakeholders involved in deciding on the strategic direction for Cities Changing Diabetes, February 18, 2016.