Establishing a national faith-based health research network could improve health care in communities underserved by the health care system.
Faith-based organizations (FBOs) have unmatched influence within their communities; churches and congregations are intertwined with complex social networks; FBOs provide food, health care, education and jobs.
This article proposes establishing a national faith-based health research network. FBOs can use their strong community ties to improve health outcomes and eliminate health disparities; FBOs are often present in areas outside of the health care system.
The three Goals of a National Faith-Based Health Research Network:
Constructing a national faith-based health research network will be challenging because FBOs lack standardized processes and protocols. An FBO network will have to incorporate many conflicting belief systems and practices. Still, a national faith-based research network can generate new health research and improve health outcomes.