Faith-based coalitions are central to community organizing efforts and trusted resources of information to both their membership and the larger community. VDH recognizes the importance of continuous engagement between the VDH central office, local health districts, community partners and partnering congregations. The Virginia Partners in Prayer & Prevention (Virginia P3) program is the evolution and rebranding of Virginia’s Congregations for Million Hearts program. The newly branded initiative facilitates partnerships between marginalized communities, faith and interfaith organizations and the state public health agency.
P3’s pilot outreach effort has focused on Zika prevention through the targeted distribution of VDH approved Zika Prevention “around your home and in your community” messages. Future efforts of P3 will broaden the scope of prevention to several key public health issues disproportionately impacting underserved and marginalized communities.