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HMA March Eblast 2016


Father Greg Boyle has served as spiritual leader of Dolores Mission Parish in East Los Angeles since 1988.  In 2001, he founded Homeboy Industries, now one of the most successful gang intervention and community re-entry programs in the United States.  He continues to live with, serve, and love the young men and women and their families of this tough neighborhood, showing them a way from violent, self-destructive gang life to productive, self-respecting life.  His service, and the lives of the homeboys and homegirls,  are wrought with joy and pain, suffering  and peace.  The way he shows is simply the way of love, being an example of God’s love—no matter what.

Here is some wisdom culled from his interview with Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction (March 2016); may it infuse our own serving:

        “I probably came close to burnout in my early years, because I felt I could kind of
         turn on the light switch for people.  But I discovered that I can’t, and no amount
        of me wanting that guy to have a life will ever be the same as him wanting to
         have one….It was liberating.  I had a light grasp on results.  I had a light grasp
         on whatever the heck success means…..It underscored that people are the agents
         and architects of their own lives; and it’s a privilege to assist them in any way.”

Shared by Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
Interfaith Community Services
HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership

2016 HMA Annual Meeting and Conference

Journey to Wholeness –

Faith Leaders Meeting

Community Health Challenges

Sept. 12 – 14, 2016
Crown Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort
Chandler, AZ


Keynote Speaker:

HMA is pleased to announce that Cynthia Saver, MS, RN, president of CLS Development, will be one of our keynoters for the 2016 conference. In her role she collaborates with clients to provide editorial management and presentations related to writing for publication, effective communication, and other topics. Cynthia has written for many publications including Nursing Management,, American Nurse Today, Journal of Nursing Regulation, American Journal of Nursing, and OR Manager, to name a few. The second edition of her book Anatomy of Writing for Publication for Nurses was published in 2014.
Cynthia has more than 30 years’ experience in nursing, including clinical practice in the critical and perioperative care units, pharmaceutical and device research, staff development, and management. She received her diploma from Aultman Hospital School of Nursing and her master’s in nursing from The Ohio State University.
Cynthia will speak to effective interpersonal communication to help everyone in working with individuals, as well as effective communication within faith communities. Watch the HMA website and further e-publications for additional conference updates on our speakers!



Calling Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors!

The Health Ministries Association invites you to showcase your services at our 27th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chandler, AZ! This is a wonderful opportunity to build new relationships and connections at this 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 and health promotion avenues
  • 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!
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.  Your sponsorship also highlights for conference attendees your organization’s commitment to building healthier communities through collaboration with groups and individuals engaging faith with health.

All sponsors will be listed in the conference program information.

For more information visit our Upcoming Conference page and look for the Prospectus for Sponsorship!
The Health Ministries Association Celebrates

Certified Nurses Day, March 19
March 19th is Certified Nurses Day. On behalf of the HMA leadership, I wish to express the gratitude and esteem we feel for your professionalism and leadership in achieving and maintaining national board certification in your nursing specialty.  Certification is a milestone of personal excellence along one’s professional journey and we wish to honor the board certified nurses in our organization.

The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) proposed March 19 as Certified Nurses Day to honor the birthday of Margretta ‘Gretta” Madden Styles, the renowned expert of nursing credentialing.  An accomplished advocate of nursing standards and certification for more than two decades, Styles advanced nursing practice and regulations worldwide.
More than 70 organizations participate by signing the proclamation and sponsor annual events.  A broad-based, inclusive, ecumenical initiative, Certified Nurses Day invites participation from nursing stakeholders around the globe.  Coalition members include organizations such as certification boards, accreditation bodies, licensing agencies, nursing associations, education facilities, and healthcare providers like hospitals, medical centers, and primary care providers, among others.

Board Certification of nurses plays an increasingly important role in the assurance of high standards of care for patients and their loved ones.  Nursing, like health care in general has become increasingly complex.  While a registered nurse license provides entry to general nursing practice, the knowledge-intensive requirements of modern nursing require extensive education, as well as strong personal commitment by the nurse.

We believe that nurses who voluntarily choose to achieve professional certification deserve public recognition and appreciation. Please join HMA and other national nursing certification organizations as we honor these hardworking, dedicated nurses for their professionalism, and a job well done!

Marlene Feagan, HMA President


In recognition of the HMA Faith Community Nurses who have achieved certification, HMA is pleased to offer the...Faith Community Nursing Society!  To learn more about this great opportunity see the Practice Support page.

HHS Center for Faith-based and

Neighborhood Partnerships – Health Minister’s Guides

The HHS health minister guides help key influencers  in their community to create “health literate” populations; the guides prepare health ministers for educating their community and promoting health behaviors in a variety of topics, including seeking care and navigating the health system.

HMA's health minister guidelines and foundational core curriculum elements has assisted in shaping the practice of health ministers for a number of years.  Along with these new health minister guides published by HHS, HMA is helping to support the capacity and role of health ministers at the intersection of faith and health.  The health minister guidelines and foundational core curriculum elements is currently being updated to encompass the rapidly evolving changes in health and healthcare and a new version is set to be released in the Fall of 2016.

For more information on the HHS resources visit their website!


Why Subscribe to JCN?

The popular top 10 has made it to the HMA Eblast - only we have 11 great reasons you should subscribe to the Journal of Christian Nursing (JCN)!

11.     JCN offers a spiritual perspective on nursing and health.

10.    There’s a quick-read column about health ministry in every issue.

9.      You can read JCN anywhere: on your smart phone, a computer, an iPad, and
         even the old-fashioned way—in print!

8.      Keep up with the latest health ministry research.

7.     Subscribers have online access to over 30 years of articles about health ministry.

6.     Full-length feature articles on health ministry included in every issue.

5.      ANCC certified continuing education specific to faith community nursing
         is in every issue.

4.      Find encouragement and spiritual nourishment in every issue.

3.      Unearth ideas to implement in your faith community.

2.      Discover resources for grant writing and ministry support.

1.      HMA members receive $30 off the regular subscription price of $58!*

With all these great reasons to to subscribe, who wouldn’t want to receive JCN?  Start your subscription today at (click on “Subscribe”).  

*A discount code for HMA members available at after logging in.

Kathy Schoonover-Shoffner, PhD, RN
Editor, Journal of Christian Nursing
Staff, Nurses Christian Fellowship USA

What You Need to Know About Zika

Paula Miller, Faith Community Nurse Program Coordinator - Southeast Zone, Texas Health
HMA Member & Marketing Guidance Committee

What is Zika and how is it spread?
Zika is a virus that is spread primarily to people through a mosquito bite. Zika is not typically spread from person to person except in rare cases of sexual contact and blood transfusion. Zika can be passed from a mother to her baby during pregnancy.

Who is at risk?
The disease itself is mild. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint and muscle pain, headache or conjunctivitis (red eyes). The danger is higher for unborn babies of women in the first trimester of pregnancy. There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly in babies of mothers who had Zika virus while pregnant.

Until more is known about the possible association between Zika infection and microcephaly, women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant are advised to postpone travel to areas where Zika outbreaks are occurring. If travels to these areas are necessary, talking to their healthcare provider first and strictly following steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip are advised.
What is the treatment?
To date, there is no vaccine or medication available to prevent or treat Zika infections. The focus of treatment for persons with Zika is to relieve the symptoms and avoid mosquito bites to prevent spread to others. Symptom treatment includes: getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration, and medicine to relieve fever and pain.

How do I prevent Zika?
Preventing mosquito bites is the primary focus of preventing the spread of Zika. Actions to help prevent mosquito bites include wearing long sleeves and pants, using an EPA-registered insect repellent (follow label instructions), and using door and window screens or mosquito nets to keep mosquitos out. It is also important to eliminate standing water in and around your home where mosquitos lay eggs. Once a week empty items that hold water such as buckets, flowerpots or birdbaths.

For more information about Zika virus, visit

CDC Monthly Article: Quitting For Good

Members of your congregation who smoke, or use other forms of tobacco, may turn to you for support and healing, because they want your support as a trusted adviser in the faith community. Quitting can be very difficult, and people often make many quit attempts before they quit for good.  A story of encouragement that you can share with smokers who come to you is about Rico, age 48, who started smoking at age 14.

Rico remembers lighting his father’s cigarettes as a young boy and watching him smoke constantly. Rico continued smoking into adulthood, and although his doctors told him to quit, he admits it was difficult. “I just couldn’t quit,” he said.

At age 45, Rico’s doctor told him he had cancer. Suddenly, nothing else mattered. Rico realized he had to take immediate action and quit smoking for good. Rico stopped smoking because he wanted to be healthy and watch his then-teenaged children grow up. He was treated for his cancer and has been a survivor since 2011.

Rico recalls how he first struggled to quit smoking but feels proud that he took control of his health and quit. “I quit so that I’d be more than a memory to my wife and children,” he said. Rico enjoys sharing his story with others and believes that it’s never too late to quit smoking and live a healthy lifestyle.

Just like Rico, remind your members that it is never too late to quit smoking and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Tell members of your congregation and your patients that you are there for them, but that they can always call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for free help to quit smoking. They can also get resources and help at

To learn more about Rico, go to

To learn more about CDC’s faith-based resources, go to

Provided by: CDC Office on Smoking and Health
Also In This Issue:
  • HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration Bullying Prevention Online Course: The self-directed training course features the newest research on bullying prevention, quizzes throughout to test your knowledge and the ability to earn course credits quickly and easily. Credits are available to a wide variety of bullying prevention stakeholders, including nurses (CNE), certified health education specialists (CECH), certified public health professionals (CPH) and other professionals (CEU).   Earning course credit is as simple as playing the video and clicking the post-course assessment link once the video is complete. Don't forget to let HRSA know what you think about the course - even if you don't take the post-assessment for credits, you can share your thoughts by filling out this feedback form.
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