Modeled on a similar program started by Wake Forest Baptist Hospital (now Atrium Health) in North Carolina, FaithHealth Appalachia (FHA) is designed to bridge the gaps that exist between health care providers, faith communities, community organizations, and social service agencies to better care for the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs that exist in Huntington and surrounding areas.

Founded in 2018 by Cabell Huntington Hospital, FHA later became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that seeks active ways to better the mental, physical, and spiritual health of residents. In addition to bridging gaps in health care, the agency strives to integrate isolated segments of the population with their surrounding neighborhood to improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual care. One way it does this is by employing “community connectors,” who are well-known, longtime residents and can direct people to appropriate sources for medical and other care.

Based on a model of shared learning and trust, the organization has proactively addressed issues impacting the changing health care landscape, including food insecurity, social isolation, and transportation. FHA refers to clients as “neighbors,” based on the model given to us to “love your neighbor as yourself.” It hopes to create a culture of wellness by improving access to resources that will elevate holistic wellness across the area. Gifts to FHA will help the organization to further its mission of “caring for the least of these.”