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HMA June Eblast 2016


“We need the sun, the moon, the stars,
the rivers, and the mountains and birds,
the fish in the sea, to evoke a world of
mystery, to evoke the sacred.”
~~Thomas Berry *
January 2013, and I was on my second trip into Grand Canyon with a group that’s been hiking the two miles down (and up, of course—as they say, “Down is optional; UP is mandatory.”) for nearly 20 years. On one of our days at the bottom, I hiked out a trail branching off a side canyon where Phantom Ranch, the rustic lodging at the bottom, is located. The trail eventually tops a wide plateau overlooking the Colorado River to the south side of the majestic Canyon that the River and the elements have carved and sculpted over millennia. A few hours’ hiking and sitting in the quiet with the rocks and scrubby bushes and lizards and prickly pear cacti, and peace seeped into my brain and soothed my soul.
Finally I dragged myself away to start back to the Ranch for dinner. At one point in my pause-and-go mode, I glance back at the scenery, and stop dead in my tracks. The full view of the rock formation named Zoroaster Temple is astounding: a huge rust-red curved amphitheater wall topped by a cream white cone dome, reaching to the clear blue sky studded with white clouds. Instinctively, I drop to my knees (gingerly on the stony trail), overcome with awe, my mind stunned into silence, my heart expanded into reverence.
This is holy ground, this is sacred space. This magnificent Mystery both humbles and exhilarates my spirit, and I know beyond intellectualizing that the Temple and I are one. This Canyon and I are of the same Mystery.
And all I can do is kneel and whisper, “Wow……”
Rev. Karen MacDonald, M.Div.
Interfaith Community Services, Tucson, AZ
HMA Director for Spiritual Leadership

2016 HMA Conference Update!


The last of our conference keynote speakers to be introduced is Dr. Carl A. Hammerschlag, MD. 

Dr. Hammerschlag is a master storyteller and internationally recognized author, physician, speaker, healer, and humanitarian clown. A Yale-trained psychiatrist, he is an expert on community-based health care, how to survive in rapidly changing cultures, and a leading authority in the practical applications of Psychoneuroimmunology (mind-body-spirit medicine). He is a faculty member at the University of Arizona Medical School, the Chief of Community Mental Health at the Gesundheit! Institute, and founder of the Turtle Island Project, a non-profit, multidisciplinary organization whose programs integrate the principles of mind/body/spirit medicine with Native American rituals and ceremonies.

Dr. Hammerschlag's life work has been chronicled in four critically acclaimed books: The Dancing Healers, The Theft of the Spirit, Healing Ceremonies, Kindling Spirit: Healing From Within, and two children's books. He is a recipient of the National Caring Award. Selected by the Caring Institute of Washington D.C. from more than a quarter million nominations, the award honors "the ten most caring adults in America."

In his presentations, Dr. Carl Hammerschlag brings his gift of storytelling, a wealth of legends, and unique insights which bridge the worlds of science, spirit, and culture. With poignancy and humor, he leads his audiences on a joyful journey that will stimulate and renew their creative potential.

We look forward to welcoming Dr. Hammerschlag in our midst, along with Cynthia Saver, MS, RN, Veronica Vital, PhD, RN, and Sr. Joan Brown, OSF.  We know we’ll gain insight and inspiration for our work in health and healing.

Register today!

Arizona Travel Tips and Ideas

Many conference attendees have told us of their plans to extend their stay and enjoy the beautiful southwest area. There are many places to see and visit in Arizona. Whether you are interested in visiting the majestic Grand Canyon, the red rock area of Sedona, the deserts, or historical sites such as missions or various Indian archaeological villages there is much to offer! Visit our Upcoming Conference page (scroll to the bottom) to find suggested websites and resources that are available to help you in your trip planning.


Calling Potential Conference Hosts!

HMA remains committed to moving the annual meeting and conference to diverse locations nationwide to allow attendees to have different cultural and practice experiences in a variety of community settings.

We are now seeking networks or regions interested in hosting the 2017 conference and beyond.  Once chosen, the local host committee will work closely with the national planning team to develop the conference.

To learn more about this opportunity to bring the HMA conference to your community, contact the HMA office.
Health Minister Guides –
Health Education and Resources for You
and Your Faith Community 

By Tom Pruski, RN, BSN, MAPS
HMA Director for Health Ministries

In May, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships hosted Wesley Theological Seminary’s Doctorate of Ministry – Faith, Health, and Community students and local health ministers for an all day briefing on health minister guides in Washington, DC.  Wesley Theological Seminary and Health Ministries Association have played an important role in developing the health minister guide series.  Wesley Theological Seminary Doctorate of Ministry students as well as local health ministers had the privilege to meet with Kimberly Konkel, MSW, a Health and Human Services (HHS) Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships Health Director, who coordinated the briefing with the various lead HHS contributors and authors of the various health guides.

The health minister guides are part of a new series produced by HHS to bring the latest understanding of prevention, health, and medical science directly to local communities, especially faith communities.  The health minister guides cover traditional and complex health topics impacted by social conditions.  The guides are aimed at health ministers, including faith community nurses, who HHS recognizes as trusted messengers in communities.   HHS recognizes the work of the Health Ministries Association in providing clarity and capacity building in developing the health minister role through HMA’s “The Health Minister Role: Guidelines and Foundational Curriculum Elements”.

HHS believes that health ministers can disseminate the latest health information and encourage the adoption of health behaviors in culturally appropriate ways.   HHS sees health ministers as 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.

Currently published health minister guides on HHS’ website include Bladder Health, Viral Hepatitis and Seasonal Flu.  Health minister guides being developed or drafted include domestic violence, child maltreatment, opiod drug use, suicide, zika, flu, and kidney health.  Wesley Theological Seminary’s Heal the Sick program helped HHS and NIH to pilot and gain health minister feedback in the development of the first guide on bladder health.  

HHS’ key goals for the health minister guides:

  • Address stigma that impedes health-seeking behaviors
  • Promote positive health behaviors through community-based prevention and health promotion interventions and models
  • Reduce socio-cultural barriers and medical mistrust that can impede health education—especially among hard-to-reach groups who often have disproportionate disease burden
  • Establish and strengthen partnerships with advocacy and other groups
  • Increase and improve the provision of culturally competent care
  • Establish a feedback loop between communities and HHS science agencies
  • Integrate health minister guide series into health ministry programs of faith communities

For more information on the health minister guides as well as other HHS resources visit their website.
AED Discount Information has been updated!

Members of HMA can take advantage of a great discount from Ohio Safety & Health on AED equipment.  The newest information has been posted to the member's section.  Is your faith community looking at purchasing an AED?  Check out the discount before purchasing!

Simply log into the member's section, hover over the Get Educated Tab, click on Discounted Products, then follow the instructions in the Ohio Safety and Health linked documents.
FCN Scope and Standards Update!

HMA is excited to announce that work is near completion.  We anticipate posting the draft document for public review before the end of June. Watch for additional announcements when it is posted.

Alyson Breisch, MSN, RN-BC
HMA FCN Scope and Standards Workgroup Chair
Reminder - HMA Office will be closed!

The HMA Office will be closed June 13 - 17, 2016.  Registrations for the 2016 HMA Annual Meeting and Conference will be available through a link on our Upcoming Conference page.  If you contact the office during this time with questions, please know that we will not respond until the week of June 20th.
Correction from HMA Today Spring edition

We have a correction from our "New Members" section of the Spring HMA Today.

We listed a new member as Zill Z., from IN

Correction: This new member should have been listed a
Jill Z., from IN.  Thank you Jill for alerting us to this error.  We welcome Jill and all the new HMA members from our first quarter of 2016.
Faith Community Nursing Demographic Survey

Getting to know you...

Simple Definition of CULTURE
  • the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time
  • a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.
  • a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)
"Culture." Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 31 May 2016.

HMA is participating in a joint venture to survey program leaders and faith community nurses to look at our profession's culture.  Leading the charge to develop this survey, the Program Leadership Advisory group is collaborating with the Westberg Institute and IPNA in this process.  To be successful we need to get the word out.  We want to get to know you, your needs and desires to build your programs.  The results will be presented during the HMA 2016 conference in September in Phoenix, JOIN US.  Additionally, each organization will publish the results in their publications.
Use this link and complete the survey.

Marion DePuit, MSN,RN, PHN, Faith Community Nurse
HMA Director of Program Leadership
Also In This Issue:

The Partnership Center - CMS
  • New Report on Uninsured Children - see report.
  • Final Rule to Advance Health Equity and Reduce Health Care Disparities, read press release.
  • Next Webinar - Staying in Touch: The Art of Connection Consumers to Year Round Access - Register here.
Go4Life Program Helps Older Adults Increase Exercise and Wellbeing

Research shows that exercise and physical activity has a variety of physical, emotional, and mental benefits for older people, including for seniors living with chronic health conditions. Yet, only 36% of older Americans meet the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans that call for aerobic activity (150 minutes of moderate intensity) and muscle strengthening (2 or more days) each week.
You can help adults age 50+ to fit exercise and physical activity into their daily lives with Go4Life, a campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH. The campaign, launched in October 2011 on Capitol Hill, uses a variety of approaches to motivate older adults who traditionally have not embraced exercise.
Visit the Go4Life interactive website for free informational tip sheets, goal-setting and tracking tools, and sample exercises to help everyone, even those with physical limitations, to be able to exercise safely. The website also features motivational e-cards and virtual coaches; promotional materials; an award-winning exercise guide in English and Spanish; and a Workout-to-Go booklet that is available in print, as well as an e-book. All information is evidence-based, informed by research in older adults and experts in the fields of exercise and aging. 
Partners in the community and nationwide are critical to encouraging older adults to become more active. In addition to sharing Go4Life materials with the people you serve, you can get involved with the campaign by following
@NIAGo4Life on twitter, signing up for bimonthly exercise e-alerts, and becoming a Go4Life partner.
Go4Life will also host its second annual Go4Life Month in September 2016, which is an opportunity for individuals and groups to highlight Go4Life and ramp up outreach efforts. The theme for this year’s month is #Fit4Function, focusing on the real-life benefits of exercise and physical activity.

Learn more at and stay #Fit4Function! 
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