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Resources by Topic: Community and faith-based initiatives

Rural Faith Leaders Workshop Series: Empowering Faith Leaders to Help Persons with Substance Use Disorder
Details a workshop series for rural faith leaders and faith communities offering information, resources, discussion, and other tools to help them prepare and assist individuals struggling with addiction and substance use.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Toolbox
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Brandeis Opioid Resource Connector
Collection of over 160 community-based program models, data and mapping information, and other resources for communities to reduce opioid addiction and overdose. Program models cover prevention, harm recovery, recovery, and treatment, and can be filtered by setting to select rural-specific examples.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Opioid Policy Research Collaborative
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Community Health Maps
Provides information and training for communities on tools that can be used to create maps presenting community health data. Includes tips on data collection, an introduction to GIS mapping, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Bird's Eye View, U.S. National Library of Medicine
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Eaton Rapids Medical Center: Improving Teen Mental Health
Profile of the Eaton Rapids Teen Center, established in rural Michigan with the help of the local medical center and community organizations, to support students in grades 6-12 and to promote their mental health.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Health & Hospital Association
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Resilient Rural America: Alabama: Perry County
Series of articles about various facets of life in Perry County, a rural community characterized both by extreme poverty and generations of strong families who have weathered adversity. Includes discussion of health disparities and the need for additional healthcare services and resources for people fleeing domestic violence. Part of the Resilient Rural America series.
Author(s): Blake Tommey
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Baptist News Global
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Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
Provides practical steps that community and faith-based organizations can take to help address the opioid crisis. Includes information on awareness, prevention, and recovery support. Also covers community capacity building, collaboration, and federal resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center)
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HFFI Impacts: Nationwide Success of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Provides data and resources to show the impact and successes of healthy food financing initiatives (HFFIs), and framework to evaluate HFFIs. Includes case studies from programs in New York and California, and rural areas of Ohio, New York, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Food Trust
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Rural Communities Responding to Sexual and Domestic Violence
An interfaith website devoted to training, resources, and technical assistance to help build a network of support for rural victims. Includes a training model, rural partnership guide, and resources for faith leaders, communities, advocates, and service providers.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
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The Clergy Connection
Newsletter of the National VA Chaplain Center and Rural Clergy Training Program that covers the role of clergy in addressing mental health and reintegration needs of returning veterans.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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VA Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Helps faith-based and community organizations learn about the benefits, programs, and resources the VA offers to help them meet the needs of their communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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