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Dear Faith Leader:

Hope this email reaches you in good health. We are delighted to invite you or you designated representative to our inaugural faith leaders forum. This forum is organized by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine (NYUGSOM) Institute for Excellence in Health Equity in the Population Health Department and is scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2022 from 11am to 12:30pm. I have attached the invitation flyer. You may click on the link on the flyer or scan the QR code and it will take you to the registration page. I have also included BELOW in this email, the link to the registration page for your convenience!

Purpose of Meeting:
We will discuss potential collaborations between NYUGSOM and faith-based organizations to improve the health of communities.
Through our partnership, you can:

  1. Build an enduring partnership with other faith communities in NYC, Long Island, and NYUGSOM
  2. Give voice to the health needs of your community and provide input on NYUGSOM community health projects
  3. Enhance the capacity of your faith-based organization to address health disparities
  4. Provide service referrals to your communities about health programming
  5. Create opportunities for your community members to participate in internships, fellowships, and mentoring opportunities at NYUGSOM


As I was about to send you this invitation, the announcement (related to the purpose of meeting # 5) from our Institute came out and because of application deadline, I decided to include information about this mentoring opportunity in science and technology for grades-7 through 12 students. The link for students to apply is below.

The Institute for Excellence in Health Equity is excited to share the Fall 2022 Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) volunteer opportunity. STEP is aimed at promoting and providing access, opportunity, and representation to historically underrepresented groups as well as economically disadvantaged youth living in New York City metropolitan area. Please see the flyer attached.

Program participants may apply here.

If you have questions please email

Incident Community Coordination Team (ICCT) Call Regarding Incident in Colleyville, Texas

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (DHS CRCL) is activating its Incident Community Coordination Team (ICCT) national conference call mechanism to discuss the recent hostage situation at the Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas.

DHS CRCL has heard from many of you who have expressed concerns and requested information and points of contact as a result of this incident. We would like to emphasize that if members of your community have been or may be the targets of possible threats or violence, you should contact your local police department immediately.

ICCT is the only tool of its kind available for rapid two-way communication between the federal government and impacted communities in the aftermath of a homeland security incident or emergency. The ICCT national call provides timely information to communities and allows them to provide feedback to senior government officials. Senior leadership from DHS and other federal agencies will join us for the call.

Information for the ICCT call is below:


Call in information:

Phone number: 877.256.3275

There are limited spaces available on the call. Should you have questions related to this ICCT call, you may contact DHS CRCL’s Community Engagement Section at

The CISA Power of Hello guide promotes employee vigilance for our houses of worship stakeholders. Alert personnel can spot suspicious activity and report it. Keeping houses of worship facilities secure while sustaining the open and welcoming environment necessary for peaceful congregation requires a holistic approach to security. Learn more about the Power of Hello Resources | CISA.

Resources on Protecting Houses of Worship

Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is committed to supporting efforts to maintain safe and secure houses of worship and related facilities while sustaining an open and welcoming environment.

CISA aims to provide a first stop for guidance and resources that will inform FOB-HOW security-based decisions. Included below are numerous resources, including a Guide and Self-Assessment Tool, which provide building blocks for effective safety and security programs. The resources include assessment, training, planning, exercises, and other materials focused on a wide range of man-made threats (e.g., bombing, active shooter, vehicle ramming, etc.) that could be used against the FBO-HOW community. Obtain resources for Faith Based Organizations – Houses of Worship | CISA

Learn more on protecting Houses of Worship | CISA

Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

  • Informal guidance on creating emergency operations plans
  • Assess potential roles and actions to take in an emergency
  • Provides a perspective on responding to active shooter incidents

Click here to obtain a copy of this guide.

Department Homeland Security Civil Right and Civil Liberties

Safeguarding civil rights and civil liberties is elemental to all the work we do at DHS. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) supports the Department’s mission to secure the nation while preserving individual liberty, fairness, and equality under the law.

The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) monthly newsletter is designed to inform members of the public about the Office’s activities; including how to make complaints, ongoing and upcoming projects, opportunities to offer comments and feedback, etc.

For additional information please visit: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties | Homeland Security (

Department of Homeland Security Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships

The Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3) supports communities across the United States to prevent individuals from radicalizing to violence and intervene when individuals have already radicalized to violence.

These prevention activities aim to empower communities and individuals to be resilient to violent messaging and recruitment while protecting and championing democratic responsibilities and values. Every aspect of CP3’s work considers and respects civil rights and civil liberties and have incorporated steps to work with the DHS Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) to ensure those protections are included.

For information: Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships | Homeland Security (

Department of Justice Community Relations Service

The Community Relations Service (CRS), a component of the Department of Justice (DOJ), serves as “America’s Peacemaker” for communities in conflict by mediating disputes and enhancing community capacity to independently prevent and resolve future conflicts.

CRS provides facilitation, mediation, training, and consultation services that improve communities’ abilities to problem solve and build capacity to prevent and respond to conflict, tension, and hate crimes based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and disability.

For information: Community Relations Service | Department of Justice

The DHS Partnerships Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, DHS and FEMA for faith and community-based organizations related to all-hazards preparedness, emergency and disaster response and recovery, safety, security, and human trafficking. The DHS Partnerships Center offers a variety of resources to the public at

DHS Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

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