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HMA September Eblast 2015

The Good Times Rolled in New Orleans!

Our time in New Orleans has been fabulous! We have all enjoyed the tastes, sights and sounds along with the cultural flair of this great city.

During our opening night festivities we had much to celebrate as two deserving members were recognized for their service, leadership and ministries. Rev. Craig Schneider was honored with the Wilkerson-Droege Award and Lyn McIntyre, RN with the Granger Westberg Leadership in Faith Community Nursing Award.

We rounded out our evening in New Orleans style, and ‘let the good times roll’! Beads were donned and hankies waved as we were entertained by the Travis Carter Band and Markeith Tero Second Line Crew.

We learned a great deal from our numerous presenters including three keynoters, three additional featured presentations, 12 breakout sessions, an interactive poster session and a panel of distinguished local experts who discussed “Community Connections”.

Our 2nd Annual Peace Breakfast was a great success and featured David J. Smith author of the book "If The World Were A Village".  Participants enjoyed an exercise designed to enlighten everyone about global issues.

Many attendees have shared positive feedback on their experience and are already looking forward to hearing more about our 2016 conference in Phoenix (Chandler) AZ!  Mark your calendars now for September 12 - 14, 2016.  For further information on the 2016 conference, visit the HMA website at

Below the reflection you will find a few photos of our New Orleans Conference.  Additional information including more photos will be available in the October Eblast.

Spiritual Postcards

“The word of God keeps us strong if we

Do not waver and our continuous reliance on it keeps us strong in faith and gives us hope to face the next day. Don’t give up as He has never given up on you!”

                                    Joyce Asabor, RN, Staten Island NY


“’Every moment spent in unhappiness is a moment of happiness lost.’” This note reminds me that I have 1440 moments/minutes each day to count my blessings and thank God for his love and care in each season of my life.”
(quote from Leo Buscaglia)

Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Warminster PA


“This journey is one of wholeness

Body, mind and soul

For if we neglect any of these

We can never truly be whole”


Pastor Charles E. Garrison, New Orleans LA

These notes of encouragement and wisdom are taken from some of the offerings in the prayer booklet given to those attending the HMA conference in New Orleans, titled “Journey to Wholeness.”  May these prayers, these postcards from the spiritual journey, lift us up as we and those we serve in our health ministries journey toward wholeness of mind, body, and spirit.  And so may peace begin with us.


Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership
Interfaith Community Services, Tucson AZ

Congratulations Beverly Lunsford, PhD for being published!

Congratulations to HMA member, HMA Director for Research Development, Beverly Lunsford, PhD who along with a co-author recently had a great article published in the ANA journal American Nurse Today.

For those who wish to read the article here is the complete information:
Lunsford, B. and Wilson, L. (2015). Assessing Your Patients' Risk For Falling. American Nurse Today 10(7): 29-31. 

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