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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives

The HHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (The Partnership Center) is the Department’s liaison to the faith community and to grassroots organizations. The Partnership Center is a mechanism for the department to engage and communicate with faith communities and grassroots organizations, ensuring that local institutions, which hold community trust, have up-to-date information regarding health and human service activities and resources in their area. Through the Center, HHS works to build partnerships with community and faith-based organizations, which help HHS serve individuals, families, and communities in need.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Most people know USDA leads the way in agriculture, natural resources, and food. Many don't know the Department is also about strengthening communities, nourishing children, and impacting lives. The Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships serves to help communities connect with USDA priorities and programs so that together we're able to turn visions more effectively into reality. You can also access policy guidance and regulations for the Center.

Highlighted Resources

Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and Their Caregivers 

U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2020)

This guide is designed as a resource to help faith leaders from all religious and spiritual traditions, as well as their congregants, increase awareness and build capacity to serve people in their midst experiencing mental illness, and to care well for their family or caregivers. The guide is also intended as a resource for community-based organizations interested in serving people with mental illness and their family or caregivers.


Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence 

U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (2013)

The involvement of faith-based and non-profit organizations can be critical in helping law enforcement engage neighborhood residents in crime reduction strategies while providing critical services and support to children and families in need. This guide provides such organizations with valuable resources to sustain community service programs and make a bigger impact in communities. The guide addresses capacity building, partnerships and collaboration, and funding.


Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities

U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2020)

Faith-based and community partners regularly step in to meet the needs of their colleagues, friends and neighbors, especially during a crisis. To equip these partners to respond to the opioid health crisis, this toolkit briefly covers practical ways communities can consider bringing hope and healing to those in need.


Considering Faith, Community, and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Crisis 

U.S Department of Health and Human Services, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships (2020)

One in four people who seek help for mental health concerns turn to faith leaders before they seek help from clinical professionals. This document is written with faith- and community-based leaders in mind, as they serve people experiencing fear and anxiety associated with COVID-19 offers a range of resources that address these fears and the mental health concerns that may be associated with COVID-19.