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National news outlets picked up the story of an anti-Muslim rally held in Phoenix recently. The protest rally was held on a Friday evening in front of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, when hundreds of members of the mosque gathered for their weekly congregational prayers. The protest organizer aimed to portray Islam as a fundamentally violent religion. Many protesters brought guns on the recommendation of the organizer, and/or wore inflammatory T-shirts made for the occasion. A roughly equal number of counter-protesters carried signs with such exhortations as “Love thy neighbor.”
The news article I read of the hateful rhetoric and actions was completely disheartening… until the last few paragraphs. The Imam of the mosque issued an invitation for anyone to join the evening prayers—an amazing (and risky) demonstration of peace in the face of such antagonism. One young protester actually did enter the prayer service, and left a changed man after being received with welcome and participating in the prayer service. Another man wearing one of the special T-shirts, after conversing with a small group of Muslim counter-protesters, promised them, “I’ll never wear this shirt again.”
And so that well-known four-letter word emerged again: L-O-V-E. To reach out to enemies—to anyone—in love changes everything. As we live our lives, as we carry out our ministries in love, health is restored
in our community
to interpersonal relationships
in the world
in our own hearts.
The Beatles had it right: “All we need is love.”
The risky, amazing blessing of love be with us all.
Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
Interfaith Community Services, Tucson AZ
HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership
2015 HMA Annual Conference…
The Journey to Wholeness:
August 30 - September 2, 2015
New Orleans, LA
Alyson Breisch, 2015 Conference Chair
The 2015 HMA conference registration is now open! Make your plans now to join us at this special conference in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Le Meridien Hotel.
We are pleased to announce a great addition to our roster of featured speakers. Our second Peace Breakfast will be held on Wednesday morning with David J. Smith, author of the best- selling book If the World Were a Village as our presenter. The Peace Breakfast is a new HMA tradition started at last year’s conference and this year we are honored to have Mr. Smith with us to address Insights around "world-minded" peace and health as we imagine the approximate 6.8 billion people comprising the world's population as a village of just 100 people!
Smith taught English, geography and social studies for over 25 years. He is the author of numerous articles, books and curriculums and achieved national recognition for his method of teaching seventh graders to draw maps from memory in his work Mapping The World By Heart. Since 1992, he has been working as a full time educational consultant. He lectures on informational technologies, geography and global issues for teachers, parents, students and others through the US, Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America. He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for his work. Mr. Smith will be on hand for two opportunities during the conference for book signings. To read more about Mr. Smith, please see his full biography on our website.
Keynoter presentations are always a highlight of any conference!
We have the opportunity this year to hear from three people who each have a great message to deliver to our attendees related to key aspects of our conference theme:
Dr. Sheila Webb will be the opening keynote on Monday, August 31st. She will share a narrative on the response of EXCELth, Inc., a Community Health Center funded by the Bureau of Primary Health Care, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and designated as a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC). EXCELth, Inc. provided community-based healthcare services in New Orleans and Baton Rouge for persons displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Rev. Shari Prestemon will join us on Tuesday, September 1st. Through reflections on her experience as a faith-based leader on the front lines of recovery efforts of a Mississippi Gulf Coast community, her presentation will prompt listeners to think about strategies to mobilize their own communities’ capacities for resilience and wholeness in times of crisis.
Dr. Courtney Holmes, is our final keynote on Wednesday, September 2nd. She will focus on key concepts in social network and communications theory to enhance understanding of social media’s relevance to health ministry today. She will guide and encourage participants in professional use of social media and inspire listeners to embrace social media in their own practice.
Calling Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors
The Health Ministries Association invites you to consider being a Conference Sponsor and/or have an exhibit table at our 26th Annual Conference in exciting New Orleans. Participation is an excellent way to build new relationships with leaders from across the country who promote health, healing and wholeness in the faith and health movement. To learn more on the opportunities available, please go to the conference webpage.
Thank you so much to the following organizations for sponsoring the 2015 HMA Conference:
Monday Evening Welcome Dinner- Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc. (pending)
Wednesday Morning Peace Breakfast - Baptist Community Ministries, LA (pending)
Conference Tote Bags - Advocate Healthcare, IL (pending)
General Conference Sponsorship - Halfpap Designs, OH
Help us spread the word about our conference!
A one-page conference flyer has been created and is now available on the website for you to provide to others who may be interested in attending. Please download the flyer from our Upcoming Conference Page and share with everyone in your network. The flyer is right under the "Register Now" button.
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.
Program Leaders in Action!
Marion DePuit, MSN, RN
Director for Program Leadership
As the Director for Program Leadership I have had the privilege and honor to meet and work with program leaders across the country who find a way to use the resources in their community to build health ministry programs and inspire others to do the same. When we think of program leaders, most often we envision those working in mission-based health systems that see faith communities, health ministries, and faith community nursing as valuable partners in the care continuum. These organizations incorporate the aspects of health ministry or faith community nursing into their structure of care. There are also hundreds of program leaders working quietly in their communities, demonstrating the spirit and essence of our movement and work. Often they are not acknowledged for their role at the grass-roots level, creating and maintaining flourishing ministries to address the community needs.
"Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can." John Wesley
The foundational work of Granger Westberg and Tom Droege is evident in a wide variety of settings not connected to health care organizations. Championed by health ministry leaders, faith community nurses, clergy, and musicians, along with other caring people whose work is often unpaid and unsung.
These articles highlight two HMA leaders and their programs serving in the local community. I thank them for sharing their work with us. Please continue to submit program leader’s updates, reviews and best practice articles and stellar stories to share with our membership!
A 22 Year Successful Partnership with the American Red Cross for Local Blood Drives
Marilyn D. Harris, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Faith Community Nurse Coordinator
Hatboro Baptist Church, Hatboro, PA 19040
One of the many important services the American Red Cross (ARC) offers is sponsoring blood drives in the community. Fifty-six hundred times a day someone receives an ARC unit of blood. The need for blood is constant since blood cannot be manufactured, it is perishable (red cells last only 42 days, and platelets only 5 days), and the supply must be constantly replenished.
The ARC provides about 40 % of the U.S. blood supply and collects 5.7 million blood donations from over 3 million blood donors each year. Each donated pint of blood has the potential to help save the lives of three people based on the different blood components. The ARC must collect 15,000 pints every day. Eighty percent of the donations are collected at blood drives close to where people live and work. To reach this goal the ARC must recruit over 60,000 blood drive sponsors willing to hold 2 or more drives a year to ensure blood is available when needed (www.redcrossblood.org).
Health Ministries Association (HMA) National Initiative
On September 16, 2014 at the 25th Annual Conference in Hyattsville, MD, HMA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the ARC where conference participants were able to sign up for information on hosting ARC blood drives in their faith communities. In a subsequent newsletter HMA members were asked to share experiences with hosting these drives.
One Church’s Experience
Hatboro Baptist Church (HBC), Hatboro, PA, has sponsored 2 ARC blood drives each year, April and September, since 1992. During the past 22 years donors have contributed 2,402 pints of blood that have had the potential to help save the lives of 7,206 individuals. The productive pints donated at each drive range from 31-80 with 61 pints donated at the last 2 drives. The average is 51 pints. The total pints collected at HBC are only a small percentage of the total needed but contribute to the overall goal.
Benefits of Sponsoring a Blood Drive
The ARC states that sponsoring a blood drive:
Builds a stronger and more resilient community.
Builds good will and loyalty with customers and stakeholders as they engage in visible community action.
Builds morale and team spirit among employees or members as they rally and work together for a life-saving cause.
Aligns you with one of the most respected brands.
Helps save lives!
A Cooperative Effort
There are several areas of cooperation between the ARC and HBC prior to and on the day of the blood drive:
Requirements of HBC
Space. The blood drives at HBC are held in the church’s Fellowship Hall. The setup of the facility for the drive is determined by the ARC staff and shared with the church volunteers.
Volunteers. Two individuals are responsible for coordinating the event at the church and scheduling it on the church calendar. The coordinators meet with their assigned ARC representative once before the scheduled date to discuss the details such as specific needs, number of flyers to distribute in the community and the process to coordinate the online registration appointments with those made through the church office. The day of the drive the HBC coordinators are at the church when the ARC equipment and ARC nurse arrive about 12 noon to begin to set up. The donors are scheduled from 2-7 PM. Church members who volunteer for the drive indicate the amount of time they can spend at the church. Volunteers are assigned to either the registration desk or to the hospitality table where snacks and water or juice provided by the ARC are available during the scheduled hours of the drive. There are opportunities to connect with new and former donors through interesting conversations and to thank them for their time and donation while they are having a snack. Prior to participating a volunteer is asked to review, complete, and sign the ARC Code of Ethics. This signed form is kept on file with HBC and available to the ARC. The time commitment of each volunteer is based on their availability. There are usually six to eight HBC volunteers who share several hours during the day.
Policies and Procedures. The Congregational Care Ministry is responsible for the blood drives. As with all programs at HBC, there is an approved policy and standard operating procedure. A volunteer position description is also on file and shared with volunteers.
The ARC assigns a nurse manager for the site. This nurse coordinates the entire ARC process the day of the drive. The ARC staff set up tables and all equipment. The staff also collects all of the equipment at the end of the day. HBC volunteers are on site until all ARC staff leave.
The promotion of the event is a joint effort. The ARC provides the posters and electronic flyers that are shared with the church’s email list. The posters are distributed in the local community where merchants are willing to post them prior to the event. Announcements are made during worship, information is posted on high-traffic area bulletin boards and printed material is included in the church newsletter, bulletins, and website.
One year, the costume for Buddy, the ARC mascot, was available to the church for worship prior to the drive. One of the church members modeled the costume and livened the announcement time!
In 2012 HBC celebrated the 20th anniversary of its partnership with the ARC. In addition to the usual snacks, the church provided a cake in recognition of 20 years as a donor site.
HBC is only one of 60,000 sponsors needed each year to hold two drives a year. While the pints of blood donated represent only a small fraction of the total needed each day, HBC welcomes the opportunity to help save lives through this effort in our community. I also take the opportunity to encourage faith communities to continue or begin this important partnership.
American Red Cross Partnership Opportunities: Blood Services and online Resource for Donor Sites. First Baptist Church of Pittsburg, CA
Ka’Ryn Holder-Jackson Ph.D, M.B.A.
Associate Director of San Francisco Bay Area American Diabetes Association
I would like to provide a snapshot of my fellow colleague and HMA member, Vonda Nolan, MSN, RN, Faith Community Nurse. Working in her local church for 17 years Ms. Nolan has inspired faith leaders in the San Francisco Bay Area to join her in addressing the wholistic needs of their communities through health ministry programs.
In February 2015 Rua’h Community Outreach Ministries presented Ms. Nolan with the Outstanding Community Service award for her work in health education and disease prevention throughout Contra Costa County, Ca. highlighting Ms. Nolan’s work with the Supervisor Federal Glovers Youth Initiative.
The health ministry program at Ms. Nolan’s church, First Baptist Church (FBC) of Pittsburg, Ca. is a little over 20 years old and Ms. Nolan has worked with the ministry for more than 17 years. Under the leadership of Ms. Nolan the health ministry is incorporated into the church structure and addresses a myriad of social and spiritual needs of the congregation and local community.
In 2007 she began holding the position of Health Ministry Coordinator where she directed the ministry toward collaborating with community partners. During this time Ms. Nolan coordinated the annual Hypertension Sunday campaign, where she consults with FBC culinary chefs on preparation of healthy meals, directs the nurses that are involved in glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure screenings, and also coordinates the presentation of health topics to the general assembly and the Sunday school program.
Throughout the year Vonda works with the children and youth providing health education materials, encouraging physical fitness by assisting them in participating in walk-a-thons and sports events to promote diabetic and cardiac arrest prevention awareness in teens. The female teens are encouraged to attend a health conference for young women regarding breast cancer awareness. FBC also has an early morning Sunrise Café for the under-served where Ms. Nolan frequently provides information regarding free health care in the community. The health ministry also provides health screenings and healthy meal tips to the population under Ms. Nolan’s leadership. She has been instrumental in developing an Emergency Action Plan for the FBC where she collaborated with the lead trustee team to implement the plan. The congregation will be organizing church-wide disaster drills throughout the year utilizing the new plan that is in place.
An original founding member of the Contra Costa Health Ministries Network (CCHMN) Ms. Nolan is the current president. CCHMN consists of representatives (both professionals and lay) of approximately 15 active faith communities working as a cohesive group. The participants benefit from joining a local community of like-minded individuals who nurture and encourage each other as they share the joy, frustration and excitement of working with health ministries in Northern California Bay Area’s Contra Costa County. CCHMA is a valued partner with health and social service agencies in Contra Costa County. Members provide items such as health information via print material and individual consultation; screenings for hypertension, diabetes and cholesterol; and presentations for forums, conferences and church programs on health topics such as breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, hypertension and stroke prevention. CCHMN also provides assistance in developing health ministry programs in the community and convenes trainings for disaster preparedness and hosting blood drives in partnership with the American Red Cross.
Certification in Faith Community Nursing by Portfolio Process
As faith community nurses continue to pursue certification we also want to recognize those who have accomplished this great achievement. HMA wishes to congratulate Deborah Ringen, MSN, RN-BC of Visiting Nurses of the Lower Valley, on recently obtaining certification in faith community nursing!
In an effort to promote a better understanding of the process we are launching a new Question and Answer segment on FCN certification to help share other's insights with you. Recently Deborah graciously took the time to share her thoughts with us on her application experience and building her portfolio. As we hear from other members who have achieved certification we plan to share their perceptions of the process as well!
Q. Do you hold/have you held other nursing certifications? A. No
Q. Was the process of completing the FCN Portfolio convenient and easy to follow? A. Yes, it was convenient. I spent a lot of time studying the documents on line and called ANCC to ask questions about the types of activities that were accepted in the different categories. I always got the help I needed. It took a lot of searching through old records to gather the needed information in one binder to make it easier to complete the online portfolio. I also had a nurse educator friend read my essay before submitting.
Q. Do you feel that completing the process was a good exercise – that you were able to evaluate your FCN nursing practice, looking at your nursing role from a lifelong learning perspective? (Describe) A. YES! Gathering the necessary information and reading the criteria for certification helped me see where I started and how much I have accomplished in faith community nursing. It was an excellent way to reflect on all the various ministries of my FCN practice and see where I might need to focus more attention.
Q. Do you feel that successfully completing the certification will help you to grow professionally, encourage you to seek out innovation and best practices? A. Yes, I believe it adds credibility to my practice especially in the community where I work with many different denominations and clergy. Therefore, I have an even greater responsibility to uphold professional practice.
Q. What does this certification mean to you professionally and personally? A. It validates my passion for FCN practice. I felt called to be a parish nurse in 2003 when a course became available within driving distance. Since then God has moved in mysterious ways through family moves, job changes for my husband and the raising of my three sons. With each change in my life doors opened that allowed me the opportunity to continue to study and practice faith community nursing in ways that would not have occurred had I stayed in the same location. I have been grateful for the consistent passion that gives meaning to my life and provides direction. Through the grace of God in each new adventure I am able to pursue FCN ministry and engage others in learning about the benefits of integrating faith and health.
Q . What was your initial feeling when you were notified that you successfully completed certification and hearing that you were board certified in Faith Community Nursing? A. I was thrilled, excited and couldn't wait to share the news with my family and a few close colleagues who knew I had applied. I admit I felt very proud of myself when the notification came that I passed. I often feel insecure in my own abilities, this helped give me more confidence. My son framed my certificate for me and he said "Mom, this is important!" I was very touched.
Q. Would you recommend and encourage other nurses/faith community nurses to become ANCC certified? A. YES 100%
YOU’RE INVITED! ... to join the #HMAJourney on social media!
Our theme for June is #Response.
What does this mean to you? Share your thoughts, experiences, and resources with
your friends and colleagues in health ministry. Join the conversation on Facebook (look for Health Ministries Association) and Twitter (@HMAssoc)!
HMA shares resources, links, webinars, and continuing education
opportunities useful for your health ministry!
Will your #Response be a like, comment, follow, or share?
Faith United Against Tobacco Webinars Held in May
On May 13th well over 200 faith and public health leaders from across the country participated in the webinars: “It Takes Faith: Addressing Tobacco Use Within the Faith Community” sponsored by Faith United Against Tobacco and the Centers For Disease Control (CDC). Speakers included Karla Sneegas from the CDC, Katia Reinert from the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Rev. Clayton Childers from the United Methodist Church and HMA President Marlene Feagan. Information about the importance of addressing tobacco use with church members was addressed including the CDC’s TIPS campaign and the great work that faith leaders across the country are doing to save lives from tobacco addiction. To view the webinar please use this link https://vimeo.com/127941213. Please also share it with your networks! For additional information please go to the Faith United website with CDC - http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/partners/faith/.
Promoting HMA Group Membership
As the leader of a large faith community nurse ministry and network, promoting membership within our professional organization is a priority and one that I take very seriously. It is also important that my partners in health ministry, our clergy leaders and chaplain partners as well as the physicians we are blessed to work with, are also connected to HMA through membership, as we are all part of the team promoting health and healing.
Health Ministry is a ministry of partnership and having all members of the health ministry team join HMA is a winning combination and one that brings various disciplines together for a common cause~ whole person care.
Membership rates are reduced based on the number of people in a group. Visit our Become A Member Page to see the discounts available!
This is a personal invitation to all who lead a health ministry program to consider joining as a group and help keep our organization interdisciplinary, diverse and strong!
Nancy L. Rago Durbin, MS,BSN,RN-BC
Faith Community Nurse
Director, Faith Community Nurse Ministry & Faith Community Nurse Support Network, Advocate Health Care
HMA Director for Faith Community Nursing
2016 Conference on Medicine and Religion Approaching the Sacred: Science, Health and Practices of Care
March 4 - 6, 2016
JW Marriott, Houston, TX
Call for Abstracts!
June 10th (Wednesday), 11 am PT/2 pm ET - FREE Webinar: Addressing Elder Abuse in Your Faith Community: Many victims and survivors of elder abuse turn to their faith communities for help. The faith community's response is critical. This webinar is designed for all clergy, faith leaders and therapists who want to know more about elder abuse, how to respond, and where to refer, as well as for advocates who are building partnerships with faith communities. It is sponsored by United Methodist Women Domestic Violence Initiative in partnership with the Faith Trust Institute. June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. See webinar link above for more information.
June 11th Media-Smart Youth Training Webinar:Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! is an interactive after-school education program for youth ages 11 to 13 developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The curriculum includes 10 lessons to teach upper-elementary and middle-school students about media, nutrition, and physical activity. It concludes with a capstone project, in which youth design a media product of their own to encourage their friends to eat right and move more. Register by clicking the link above.
Attention OHIO Members - Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: As the Ohio legislature puts together the state budget, Campaign for Toboacco-Free Kids is working hard to pass a $1 tobacco tax increase. But the House failed to include it in their version! The Senate can fix this when they consider the budget next week. But they need to know that this is important to constituents. Read below then send a letter to your state senator today saying why you support increasing Ohio's tobacco tax.
Here's what a $1 increase in the cigarette tax alone would do in Ohio:
Decrease youth smoking by 12% and keep 65,000 kids from becoming adult smokers. For every 10% that cigarette prices go up, youth smoking goes down about 7%.
Prevent 15,400 smoking-affected pregnancies and births over the first five years, and
Save $2.67 billion in long-term health care costs.
Special Enrollment Periods and Resources for the Uninsured Webinar: June 17, 2:00 pm ET (1:00 pm CT, Noon MT, 11:00 am PT). Individuals and families can enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace during special enrollment periods if they experience certain circumstances. Special Enrollment Period circumstances include graduating from college and losing health insurance, getting married or divorced or having a baby, losing employer insurance or turning 26 and losing coverage on a parent’s health plan. Join this webinar to learn more about special enrollment periods and how to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For those who are uninsured and don’t qualify for the special enrollment period, learn what resources are available and when to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace.