2022 Faith and Health Campus Grant Application

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Leveraging Our Religiously Diverse Landscape Toward Community Wellbeing


In January 2021, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) responded to an international public health crisis by launching a “Faith in the Vaccine Ambassadors” (FIVA) program. Since then, FIVA has leveraged IFYC’s network of higher ed campuses, training and mobilizing nearly 2000 college students as interfaith public health ambassadors to address gaps in information and access among the unvaccinated. Along the way, a robust research partnership with the Public Religion Research Institute has highlighted effective, faith-based approaches that have helped get thousands of shots in arms.

Program Overview

IFYC will offer $4,000 grants to campus educators (faculty or staff) to extend this work through curricular or co-curricular projects that explore the intersection of faith and health in courses, on campus, or in the wider community. Applicants may select from the following “tracks” and will be grouped into cohorts based on their areas of expertise and the nature of their projects:

·         Track 1: Curriculum Development: Faculty from a range of disciplines are invited to develop or revise a course that explores religious diversity and health.

o   Examples include pre-health science courses that examine the role of religious identity in relation to health care; ethics courses featuring case studies on faith and health; and business courses that address employment policies related to religious identity.

o   Deliverable: one course syllabus, to be taught in the 2022-23 academic year.

·         Track 2: Student-faculty Research: Faculty may engage student interns* in conducting robust research related to the intersection of faith and health care or faith and public health.

o   Examples include focus groups, surveys, and literature review of pressing questions at the intersection of faith and health.

o   Deliverable: written report of findings that is publishable at the academic or public levels.

·         Track 3: Co-curricular Project: Faculty or staff may lead student interns* in projects that address faith and health or public health either within the campus community or in collaboration with external faith or faith-leaning community partners.

o   Examples include vaccine or HIV/AIDS outreach programs; comprehensive health care outreach programs; social media campaigns; and campaigns that collaborate across campus units.

o   Deliverable: Detailed report of project, with at least one publishable story highlighting a project success (to be shared on Interfaith America).

·         Other: Applicants are invited to design an innovative project that engage health issues through the lens of religious identity, religious communities, and/or religious diversity that is not represented in this list.


Once selected, participants will meet monthly with cohort groups for support, brainstorming, and collaboration. Participants will be encouraged to share their learning broadly within their fields.

* Student interns: Educators in Tracks 2 or 3 may apply for funding for up to three student interns, who will receive $1000 for their time.


Curriculum Development

Student-Faculty Research

Co-Curricular Programming