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HMA April Eblast 2015


“If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand.”
                                                ~~the Buddha
“My book…is the nature of created things, and any time I wish to read the words of God, the book is before me.”
                                                ~~Anthony of the Desert
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that it holds,
            the world and its inhabitants.”
                                                ~~Psalm 24: 1, Jewish Study Bible
“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow….”
                                                ~~Jesus, in Matthew 28, NRSV
“As often as you can, take a trip
  out to the fields to pray.
  All the grasses will join you.
  They will enter your prayers
  and give you strength to sing praises to God.”
                                                ~~Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
Compiled by Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership
Interfaith Community Services, Tucson AZ
Congratulations: Certification in Faith Community Nursing
By Nancy L. Rago Durbin, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Faith Community Nurse
Director for Faith Community Nursing

Since the August 2014 Go-Live date of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Faith Community Nursing Certification by portfolio process, several seasoned faith community nurses have been successful in completing the process and have received their faith community nurse certification.

HMA congratulates our colleagues on this outstanding accomplishment and invites other experienced faith community nurses to consider pursuing certification.

I have had the opportunity to speak to several faith community nurses who are considering the process and have reminded them that this is their opportunity to recognize their extraordinary work and ministry. We are a unique specialty in that certification is not a job requirement and rarely will result in any increase in salary, but is driven by the faith community nurse's own desire to demonstrate their achievement’s in this specialty practice of professional nursing. I encourage all of you to consider the certification process in an effort to recognize the outstanding ministry and work that you do!

Recently , the HMA office received the following comments from a member about certification:
Good afternoon!

I am so happy!

I am humble and very excited to announce that I received my board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, March 2015.

I am very appreciative of becoming the winner of the (ANCC) drawing conducted at the Health Ministry Association Conference in Hyattsville, MD., September 15-17, 2014.

With much gratefulness for your generosity,

Deborah C. Dixson, BSN, RN-BC
Clinical Coordinator Faith Community Nursing
Pontiac, MI
As always, please feel free to contact me with any faith community nurse questions!
Nancy Durbin
For further information on Certification in Faith Community Nursing please go to the ANCC website.
The Role of Spirituality in Improving Behavioral Health Outcomes

By Tom Pruski, RN, BSN, MAPS
Director for Health Ministry

Recently, I attended an Interfaith Partnership Summit entitled “One Voice, One Community” hosted by U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).   The overarching goal of the Summit was to strengthen partnership capacity among faith-based organizations by providing a venue for education, cross-pollination, and understanding of diverse faith traditions, practices, and approaches. The Summit also provided an opportunity for faith leaders and faith based services to hear from a variety of faith traditions and engage in an informative, interactive conversation.   I want to highlight some of the conversation that took place at the summit and also share with you some important resources to help faith communities bring greater focus on mental health.

When people speak of wholeness, they often mention "body, mind, and spirit." Many of us know how to take care of our bodies, and we place great emphasis on health, nutrition, and preventive care.  Many of us also understand the importance of mental health, and more resources have been made available to take care of our minds. However, we've largely avoided conversations about "spirit," even though many acknowledge that spirituality is an essential component of wholeness.

Spirituality means different things to different people, and people express their spirituality in varied ways, such as the following:
  • Identifying with a religion or faith
  • A 'journey," or meaning and direction in life
  • Going to church, synagogue, mosque, temple, or another place of worship
  • A way of understanding the world and one's place in the world
  • Belief in a higher being or a force greater than any individual
  • Getting in touch with a spiritual side through private prayer, yoga, meditation, quiet reflection, or even long walks
  • A feeling of belonging or connectedness
  • A quest for wholeness, hope, or harmony
  • A sense that there is more to life than what is visible on the surface
However it is viewed or expressed, it is important to acknowledge that spirituality is an important, necessary, and inseparable component of an individual's life. Spiritual beliefs are key to how many people deal with the joys and challenges of life and have given many a sense of purpose and direction for life. When facing challenges such as addiction and mental health disorders, spirituality has been a powerful source of strength, connectedness, and support.  Spirituality has helped many fight feelings of helplessness, restore meaning to life, and regain a sense of control. While a cure may result from medical expertise, health interventions, and disease-oriented care, people have described "healing" that occurs as a result of their spirituality.

If we truly want to help people achieve "wholeness," then we cannot ignore a key component, their spirituality or faith.  All faith based, public, and private behavioral health service providers and agencies must acknowledge the role that spirituality plays in the path to recovery.

Important mental health resources for faith communities and faith leaders:

Your Life Matters! is an initiative of the Faith Communities Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. All the free information and resources (worship and spiritual resources, sample bulletin inserts, archived webinars, informational handouts) necessary to launch Your Life Matters! in your faith community are available on this website:

Mental Health First Aid: This program has a youth and adult focus and it is an in-person training that teaches you how to help people developing a mental illness or in a crisis.  This is a very popular program for faith communities to receive initial training in mental health.  There may be a cost associated with this program:

Recovery Month: Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover. Consider sponsoring an event in your community or faith community in September.   Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover:   @RecoveryMonth

2015 HMA Annual Conference…

The Journey to Wholeness:

August 30 - September 2, 2015
New Orleans, LA

Alyson Breisch, 2015 Conference Chair

Reminder: LAST Call for Poster Proposals – Deadline is April 20, 2015
It is not too late to submit a proposal for a Poster Presentation at the HMA Annual Conference August 31, Sept 1-2, 2015 in New Orleans, LA.  All proposals are to be submitted electronically.  Selected presenters will be notified when the selection process is completed. 

Conference Objectives:
  • Provide opportunity to network with health ministry and faith community nursing colleagues, program leaders, clergy, and community leaders from across the nation whose work occurs at the intersection of faith and health.
  • Examine how concepts of response, resilience, rituals, and recovery can facilitate the journey toward wholeness for individuals, families, and communities.
  • Showcase unique approaches of collaborative partnerships that have positively impacted the health needs and outcomes of communities.
Visit the Conference page to see more information and submit soon! Remember! All proposals are to be submitted electronically by April 20, 2015!

Calling Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors!
The Health Ministries Association invites you to showcase your services at our 26th Annual Meeting and Conference in New Orleans! What better opportunity to build new relationships and connections than a national conference that brings together a diverse group of attendees representing hundreds of agencies, including faith communities, health centers/hospitals, and other organizations? 

Here are two opportunities to consider:

As an Exhibitor:
Your group, organization or company can benefit by exhibiting at our conference:
  • Networking opportunities with leaders committed to health, healing and wholeness
  • Promotion of your products, services and information
  • Visibility to people from a variety of faith traditions from across the country
  • Ability to impact many programs with a whole-person health focus
  • All exhibitors will be listed in the conference program information

For more information connect to the Exhibitor Submission form here!
As a Conference Sponsor:
A unifying force for HMA has been a focus on our vision of engaging, educating and empowering people of faith to be passionate and effective leaders for creating healthier communities. This vision and the commitment to whole-person health have allowed HMA to concentrate its conferences on building leadership and equipping people to advance their health ministries across faith traditions.
Your support enables our vision to be realized by preparing a network of faith and health professionals to develop health ministries that bring needed resources to communities throughout the country.

For more information visit our Upcoming Conference page and look for the Prospectus for Sponsorship!
Show your commitment to the Faith Health Movement.
Partner with HMA today!
Book your room now! 

Le Méridien New Orleans - This beautiful hotel is located adjacent to the French Quarter, within walking distance to many attractions and easy access to the streetcar lines.  We are excited to be at this spectacular location, with incredible amenities and we have negotiated an attendee room rate of $129.00 per night.  To receive this discount, please reference HMA Annual Meeting and Conference when you book your room.  See our Upccoming Conference page for the link to Le Méridien New Orleans.
Don't forget to visit us at the Westberg!

Are you attending the upcoming Westberg Symposium? Plan to stop by the HMA exhibit table to ask questions on the new certification through portfolio for Faith Community Nursing.  HMA leadership will be available throughout the conference to assist you. On Friday, April 10th, Lourdes Careaga, BSN, RN, CMSRN, Senior Healthcare Product Specialist, from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) will join us to lend support to you in your pursuit to become certified as a Faith Community Nurse.   This is an opportunity to speak directly with an ANCC representative about eligibility requirements and the portfolio review process. To read more about certification visit the ANCC website!

Further information on the HMA 2015 Conference will also be available. Stop by the table for a free gift, learn more about our location the lovely Crescent City – New Orleans, LA, and grab a selfie in our fun Mardi Gras attire! We look forward to seeing you!
Award Nominations Open Annoucement

It is with great excitement that HMA announces the Call for Nominations for two prestigious awards in Faith Health Ministry:
  • Granger Westberg Leadership in Faith Community Nursing Award: Recognizing an outstanding Faith Community Nurse who exemplifies faith community nursing and has achieved success in implementing a practice that is faith centered, community driven and wholistic in its approach toward health promotion, disease prevention and spiritually integrated.
  • Wilkerson-Droege Award: Given annually to recognize an outstanding HMA member who exemplifies vision, creativity and faithfulness to faith/health ministry. It is presented in honor of its first recipients: Sister June Wilkerson and in memoriam of Dr. Thomas Droege.
We again congratulate the 2014 Award winners, Dorothy Wagner(Wilkerson-Droege) and Mary Cynthia E. Carroll(Granger Westberg).   
View Award Criteria/Nominate Now!

Membership Benefit Renewed - Discounted AEDs from Ohio Safety & Health

HMA is excited to announce that we have received updated information from Ohio Safety & Health to continue a great discount for HMA members to purchase an AED package at a 25% discount and 10% discount on all accessories.  The AED Package includes:
  • Heartstart OnSite Defibrillator
  • Slim Carry Case
  • Battery for HeartStart Defibrillator
  • Adult SMART Pads Cartridge
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Owner’s Manual
The HeartStart Onsite Defibrillator device includes a 8 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty.  The HS1 battery includes a 4 year warranty from time of installation. SmartPads cartridge extends to the expiration date (2 years or more). All other accessories include a 12 month warranty.

To download the necessary information log into the members section, go to the Get Educated tab, and choose the Discounted Products on the drop down menu. 

Also In This Issue:
  • April is Alcohol Awareness Month: Excessive alcohol use led to approximately 88,000 deaths each year in the US from 2006 - 2010.  Read more on how you can raise awareness on the CDC's special section on alcohol use.
  • Earth Day is April 22nd - Visit Earth Day Network for more information.
  • Faith United Against Tobacco - Mark your calendar for Wednesday, May 13th at 1 pm or 7 pm ET, for this informative webinar: It Takes Faith: Addressing Tobacco Use within the Faith Community.  It will discuss the plans for airing the new TIPS ads and how the faith community can address tobacco use.   Please register for a time that works best for you.
  • CMS: Got Coverage? Next Steps in Using Your Health Insurance: The webinars listed below will not only provide information on how those enrolled in the new insurance can use it effectively but also will highlight 'Coverage to Care' materials on health literacy.  Discussion on how faith and other community organizations are using the tools to help those in their congregations and communities will also be included.
  • Rueters Health (March 25th): Even Interrupting Sitting Time May Improve Health in Type 2 Ddiabetes.  “People with Type 2 diabetes could trim down and improve their metabolic health by replacing long periods of sitting with periodic standing, taking the stairs or even just changing the television station manually, a new study suggests.” Read Full Article.
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