Faith Initiatives

Office of Faith Initiatives

The office of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT tends to the spiritual health of people living with HIV/AIDS by shedding light on hope, wellness and transformation.

The Office of Faith Initiatives at Philadelphia FIGHT reaches out and disseminates information to faith leaders and their adherents. Through education we are reducing faith based stigma and shame. Through spiritual guidance, reflection and relationship building we are creating a network where FIGHT and local faith communities can collaborate in the mission of healing in affirming and holistic ways. The prophet Isaiah wrote, “A bruised reed will not be broken, and a smoldering wick will not be snuffed out; God will bring forth Justice.”

Faithful TEACH

Faithful TEACH is a 6 week training program for clergy and faith leaders whose faith communities are impacted by the HIV pandemic and who want to learn about HIV/AIDS in order to effectively minister to people living with the virus. Faithful TEACH highlights faith-centered healing, ministry, advocacy, treatment and education. Classes begin in September and March of each year. Contact Rev. Dr. Dowdy at the office of Faith Initiatives if you’re interested: or (215) 985.4448 ext. 253.

Faith Leaders Network Meeting

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month the FLN gathers to build relationships, eat, and share information around HIV/AIDS, other health issues, and Faith. We convene at the Mother Bethel AME Church, 419 S. 6th St. from 10:30AM to Noon. Enter through the Addison St. door. Join us.


Enjoy Singing? Philadelphia FIGHT has two choirs. The FIGHT Gospel choir is directed by David Winslow. The VOICES of Philadelphia  FIGHT Inspirational Chorus directed by Ruth Naomi Floyd rehearses on Tuesdays from 5:30-7PM in the Crtical Path on the 3rd Floor at 1233 Locust St. Contact the Office of Faith Initiatives if you are interested in joining.

FIGHT for Ghana

FIGHT for Ghana works to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ghana and other African regions, particularly around faith based stigma and the development of peer education programs.

The Reed

The Newsletter for the Office of Faith Initiatives is called the Reed. Currently it comes out quarterly, September, December, March, and the end of June. Contact this office if you want to be on the mailing or emailing list for the newsletter.

Annual World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast

Each year on December 1st the office of faith initiatives hosts a World AIDS Day Prayer Breakfast for Philadelphia’s faith community. The event is free. Stay tuned for info each year.

AIDS Education Month Annual Gospel Concert

Philadelphia FIGHT Faith Initiatives and the Community Health Training Alliance present the Annual AIDS Education Month Gospel Concert.

Program Information

  • Phone: 215-985-4448 ext. 253

  • Contact: Rev. Dr. Calenthia S. Dowdy

  • Email:

Spotlight On

Karam Mounzer, MD

Dr. Mounzer identified two major gaps in the care of patients with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) co-infection, and the complexity of multidrug-resistant HIV treatment. He is involved with many clinical trials focusing on drug development and better understanding of HIV immunopathogenesis with the Wistar Institute. He is involved in teaching and mentoring.

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Dr. Karam Mounzer

Dr. Mario Cruz

Dr. Mario CruzDr. Cruz is a board certified pediatrician who serves as the Medical Director for our Pediatrics and Adolescent Health Center. He has presented and/or published in the fields of community violence and domestic violence prevention, quality improvement, behavioral health, curriculum development and mentorship. In 2019 he received the Greater Philadelphia Social Innovation Award for Innovations in Healthcare.

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