Project TrustAn Initiative of the Center for Innovation Ministry at SFTS
Strengthening Collaboration: Spiritual and Healthcare Providers
Project Trust addresses the central challenge of distrust amongst marginalized communities. Mistrust hampers help-seeking, honest disclosure of symptoms, willingness to comply with medical regimens, recovery rate, and satisfaction with care. The issue of mistrust interferes with the patient-doctor relationship. It also impedes multidisciplinary collaboration among those seeking to provide help to marginalized people. We aim to strengthen collaboration with spiritual leaders, healthcare providers, and community activists in their provision of culturally sensitive approaches. Kaiser Permanente Northern California is supporting the program through a grant provided to the Alexander Montgomery Foundation.
Project Trust: Pilot Study
- Seeks to first understand the barriers unique to underserved communities, and then find ways to overcome gaps in understanding among healthcare and pastoral care practitioners in order to increase effectiveness of mental health services.
- Pilot will focus on African American individuals in faith communities throughout Oakland and San Francisco, including sexual- and gender-minorities (LGBTQ+) in Christian congregations.
- If Pilot is successful, will expand to other marginalized groups in select locations.
Project Trust: Pilot Outcomes
- Create a prototype and procedural manual for the development of a training model for pastoral and mental health care by individuals with histories of cultural trauma.
- Create a prototype of a Trust Network, consisting of community activist, pastoral care providers, and mental health professionals who have training and expertise in collaborative, culturally sensitive care.
- Create a prototype of a searchable database that can be used by individuals in the network to identify resources that aid in the collaborative efforts by its member to increase the effectiveness of care for individuals with histories of cultural trauma.
Rev. Floyd Thompkins
Director of Center for Innovative Ministry San Francisco Theology Seminary
Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., MPH
Professor Emeritus and Co-Director at the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology at Palo Alto University
Amanda Houston-Hamilton, DMH
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
Rev. D. Mark Wilson, Ph.D.
Past Assistant Professor of Congregational Leadership, Pacific School of Religion and Former Pastor of McGee Avenue Baptist Church, in Berkeley California