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April Newsletter

Dear Health Ministries Network Community,

We hope you've had a beautiful Passover or Easter this past month! What a good season of hope and new growth we are experiencing! I'm happy to be here, to reconnect and to grow with you! This month, our nurses have been busy serving faith communities as they discern around reopening; assist those who wish to get vaccinated; and prepare to mentor WWU RN to BSN students as well as our registrants for our Foundations Course. I look forward to sharing more about this work below.

This month, we will "roll out" an updated hours reporting system. We are still tweaking our survey tool. Hopefully, it will be streamlined and easy to use, as we collect important information to help determine where we've been and where we're going and to let all stakeholders, including you, know how we serve our faith communities and our larger community.

We'll also hear from the Whatcom Community Health Worker Network at our April 23rd Meeting, which we've moved to noon--please mark your calendar. CHWs play an important role in connecting community members with resources. Sound familiar? Some of you may be CHWs or take on similar tasks in your faith community. So whether you're in Whatcom County or Eugene, OR, perhaps this time to connect and learn will be helpful to you! (And I apologize for thinking this was the 3rd Friday of April--indeed, it is the 4th!)

Please also see information on the Westburg Symposium as well as resources for your faith community that may support you as you continue to serve the mind-body-spirit of our community.

Wishing you continued peace, health, and compassion in service. Take good care today!

With gratitude,

Sarah Lane

Executive Director


April Monthly Meeting - Friday 4/23, 12-1pm

Friday, April 23rd 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Come and share in our monthly Zoom Meeting, featuring the Whatcom Community Health Worker (CHW) Network! We'll hear from Megan Stephenson, who will share their work. Some of you may be familiar with this, as you serve as both an FCN or HM and a CHW! We all seek to connect our faith communities and communities, in general, with good resources. Come and learn! Please bring questions and stories to share at the Zoom Meeting!

For a Zoom link or questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.net

HMN & WWU Nursing Students at Work!

A global pandemic has changed a lot of things, but one thing it has not changed for HMN is our opportunity to work with WWU RN to BSN Nursing students on a research project in 2021. For this, we are grateful!

This year, we proposed several areas that we might examine so that we can serve our faith communities and broader community better. The project that the RN to BSN students chose was:

Project description: We have seen that many of our faith community members are suffering isolation and fatigue related to disconnectedness. We’d like to the students to address primary health and wellness impacts of isolation during pandemic. Students could provide insight and material for us to address isolation impacts and ideas on accessible means to keep people connected to improve overall health within faith communities. Our Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers are seeking research materials and methods to engage faith communities in addressing disconnection in practical ways.

Joni Hensley, LeAna Osterman and Sarah Lane will be working with Bill Lonneman to connect students with FCNs/HMs and organizations to gather information. We look forward to learning what these hard-working students discover in our communities as well as some best practices around health and connection. Thanks in advance to all of you for your support in this important work.

Where is the COVID-19 Vaccination Available in Washington and Oregon?

Thank you to all the FCNs, HMs and community members who continue to connect our most vulnerable populations with the COVID-19 vaccination. If you know someone who is eligible to get vaccinated but has had trouble finding the vaccine, please see the following resources:

Call Whatcom County Health Dept at 360-778-6075, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Mon-Fri to schedule by phone or https://prepmod.doh.wa.gov/ online. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is currently available on Saturday, 4/10 at this site (BTC). Call today.

Contact PeaceHealth to schedule your Covid-19 Vaccination at:


By scheduling an appointment, you are indicating you are eligible for a vaccine in Washington. If you need help, please call the clinic closest to where you live during normal business hours: Bellingham, WA: 833-375-0285

Or you can go to to www.covidwa.org for current sites in your area, offering vaccine.

In Oregon, you can find vaccination sites by going to: https://govstatus.egov.com/find-covid-19-vaccine

Resources to Address Safe Faith Community Reopening & COVID-19 Vaccination Confidence

Recently, we've been receiving questions from faith communities regarding reopening, as it is safe. Are there good information kits? How do we reopen compassionately? Are there examples of reopening plans that my faith community can use as a starting point for writing our own reopening plan? And how can we address vaccine confidence in multiple ways and languages for the diverse population in my community?

Hopefully, these resources serve as a starting point for you as you work with you faith community around reopening:

Health Washington Roadmap to Recovery

Phase 1, 2, 3 Religious and Faith-Based OrganizationCOVID-19 Requirements


COVID-19 & Your Church(This has reopening plans from a number of churches!)

Washington State Partner Toolkit

And here are some vaccine communication resources to respond to questions about vaccination, to include videos and information sheets in multiple languages:

North Sound ACH Vaccination Toolkit (Excellent videos and information sheets in multiple languages)

State of Washington COVID-19 Vaccines: Questions & Answers

State of Oregon COVID-19 Community and Communications Resources

Do you have other resources? Please send them to Sarah Lane at director@healthministriesnetwork.net or bring them to our monthly Zoom meeting on April 23rd at noon!

North Sound Regional Race and Health Equity Conference

Please join us for the first annual North Sound Regional Race and Health Equity Conference!

This is a free event co-sponsored by Family Care Network, PeaceHealth, Chuckanut Health Foundation, and North Sound Accountable Community of Health.

Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location : Virtual (Zoom)

CME- 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ *

Register here: North Sound Regional Race and Health Equity Conference (google.com)

HMN Foundations Course Begins on Saturday, 4/10

Thank you to our 2021 class for answering the call.

Thank you to Carol Nicolay, Foundations Course Coordinator, who has recruited and organized our Class of 2021. Thank you to Bill Lonneman, who is serving as Course Instructor for our Faith Community Nurses. Currently, we have 5 students from around Washington State enrolled in our online course: four students enrolled to become Faith Community Nurses and one student who is training to be a Health Minister. Please hold these students, our instructors and our faith community in your prayers.

For more information: https://www.healthministriesnetwork.net/course or contact Carol Nicolay csnicolay@gmail.com or text 360-510-9797

Recording Available: March Meeting with the YMCA

Thank you for joining our monthly meeting in March to learn about what the Whatcom and Skagit YMCAs have been up to, what they're currently offering in 2021 and how they might serve your community. From YMCA Diabetes Prevention to Better Bones and Balance, from yoga to weight training and from wellness through fitness to wellness through community, the YMCA continues to serve our communities. And if you're not in these two counties, there's bound to be a YMCA near you--or one that can serve you remotely during this time.

You can click on the link here below to watch the recording.

For questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.net

Community Events & Info

In an effort to connect our volunteers with relevant resources, we publish community events and information in our monthly newsletter and on our website. Email director@healthministriesnetwork.netto add your own.