Welcome to the PHW Collaborative. As our name states, we want to partner with faith communities as they seek to live more healthy, whole, abundant lives. We have proudly done this for years through the previously named PHW Certification program and now our PHW Collaborative program. We see the PHW Collaborative Pledge as a commitment to continuing a journey of putting faith into action. The congregations that have participated have done and are doing amazing work. We also facilitate connections and relationships between our congregations to share wisdom, provide support, and build a community around health and wholeness. Instead of only rewarding more activities, we want to recognize depth and sustainability, and the good work that congregations of all sizes are doing not only to promote health but to live it out in their communities. Will you join us?
To read more about our reasoning behind the name change, click here.
Changes to the PHW Submission Process
Attention: In order to make the submission process more efficient, we have updated our PHW Collaborative Pledge. You will no longer be able to save and come back to the Pledge form. We recommend you print the Pledge form to prepare your responses BEFORE entering them on the form. We also highly recommend you save your answers on a separate document as you fill out the Collaborative Pledge so that you do not lose your responses if the form closes for any reason. If you would like assistance saving your answers or printing the form, please feel free to contact your regional coordinator or our Program Coordinator, Michelle Peedin, at PHWinfo@ncchurches.org. Thank you so much for your cooperation!
Partners in Health and Wholeness Collaborative Criteria
For congregations joining the Partners in Health and Wholeness Collaborative, we require the following commitments to health and wholeness:
- Maintaining tobacco-free buildings on worship grounds
- Serving healthy food and drink options at congregational activities, events, and meetings
- Asking your clergy person or Faith Leader to complete the Clergy Commitment.
- Sharing the message of health as a faith issue
- Integrating at least one church-based activity based on one of the four cornerstones of the PHW program: tobacco cessation and prevention, healthy eating, increased physical activity, or mental health awareness
The Partners in Health and Wholeness program is supported by The Duke Endowment and the Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. This program supports worshipping communities and congregations across the state of North Carolina. Due to our grant guidelines, we are unable to support non-profit agencies.
*We define a worshiping community as a regular congregation that holds regular religious services in an established place of worship that also has a health ministry or would like to start a health ministry dedicated to the health and well-being of its members and its surrounding community.
For more information and a list of our FAQ’s CLICK HERE.
PHW Collaborative Details and Directions
Approved members of the PHW Collaborative will be eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant in the February-March cycle, June-July cycle, or October-November cycle. PHW Collaborative Pledges must be received at least 3 weeks before applying for a PHW Mini-Grant. Please note that PHW Collaborative Pledges require a yearly renewal application. The Collaborative application will open on January 15, and the deadline to apply is November 30.
When filling out the application, please type every name out fully with no abbreviations including congregation names, health lead names, and faith leader names. For example: Instead of writing Any City UMC, please write Any City United Methodist Church. This will ensure your application gets added properly to your account. We also ask that you please give us as much detail as possible. The more information we have, the easier it is for us to understand all the wonderful things your health ministry is doing.
ONCE YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY SUBMITTED THE FORM, PLEASE CHECK TO MAKE SURE YOU HAVE RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION EMAIL. A copy of your pledge submission will be sent to you and your faith leader.
Thank you for your interest in submitting a Health and Wholeness Collaborative Pledge. If you have any questions please contact your regional coordinator or call PHW Program Coordinator, Michelle Peedin, at 919-828-6501 or email PHWinfo@ncchurches.org.