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February Newsletter



Dear Health Ministries Network Community,


It's good to be here this February! It is Black History Month and heart health month! It's a time to care for the hearts and spirits of all people with compassion and physical care. And, yes, I did write notes on these conversation hearts for Valentine's Day! Why? While I don't recommend eating them, I do recommend that we send our love and compassion to one another. It is a renewable resource, it is central to nearly all faith communities, and I believe offering love is a first step in caring for our own hearts.


It's been a busy January--much busier than I expected, in fact. I started the month, calling FCNs and HMs, and I'm still doing that. Calls were paused a few times, as we worked closely with the Whatcom County Health Department to offer a webinar to Faith Community Leaders, offering COVID-19 updates and reflections on how we care for one another. We heard speakers from PeaceHealth and our faith communities, and it was good to hear from everyone. While we made no huge epiphanies, we did discuss pandemic fatigue and isolation, and it reinvigorated my own desire to connect and keep connected. It is recorded--please see the link below.


While I haven't connected with everyone yet, those with whom I've connected shared some great things: needs for continuing education, opportunities to serve and congregations to be vital in offering vaccination sites and other support. I even met with some of our Oregon FCNs and HMs to learn what's going on there, and it's a lot, my friends--from caring deeply for individuals to working with community organizations to make critical connections that create wraparound support for people.


We, too, are connecting. Please share information about our upcoming Faith Community Leaders Zoom Lunch Break on Thursday, February 11th, 11am-noon, with your faith community leader, as we check in, offer thanks, share and listen. Connect those interested in learning about becoming an FCN or HM with our Foundations Information sessions. See information below.


This month, we'll hear from Dr. Lombard of the Kidney Disease Awareness Initiative, past director of the Mt. Baker Kidney Center. He'll address risk factors, preventive measures and treatments, among other topics. Please also see good below for continuing education and service.


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


With gratitude,


With gratitude and joy,

Sarah Lane

Executive Director

director@healthministriesnetwork.net





HMN Monthly Meeting


Friday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Zoom Video Conference, featuring The Kidney Disease Awareness Initiative and a presentation by Dr. William E. Lombard, MD, Past Medical Director of the Mount Baker Kidney Center and current Board Member of the Mount Baker Foundation.


A discussion about the importance of raising awareness and educating about kidney disease, its increasing prevalence, risk factors, prevention, treatments; including how HMN and faith community nurses can help support and influence understanding within their faith groups and outreach. "One in three Americans are at risk for kidney disease. Are you the one?" Check in and discussion, presentation and time to chat! Everyone is welcome to attend!


Please bring questions and stories to share at the Zoom Meeting!


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




Faith Community Leaders Zoom Lunch Break


We cannot meet in person as we did last year, but we do Zoom well!


We invite you to gather your lunch, and join us via Zoom to learn about Health Ministry. In this time of pandemic and fatigue--and great hope--it is time to come together. We look forward to sharing what health ministries have been up to this past year, how we support each other and how health ministry could benefit your congregation, particularly as we face the challenges of isolation, grief, loss and the unknown. How do we come together with compassion and care for the mind-body-spirit and each other in these ever-changing times?

Topic: HMN Faith Community Leaders Brown Bag Lunch via Zoom Time: Thursday Feb 11, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Whether you have an established health ministry or are interested in learning more, we hope you'll join us! This event is free and open to all Faith Community Leaders and anyone interested in improving the health of their faith community. Please email Sarah Lane at director@healthministriesnetwork.net with your questions.



The Legacy Series: Building Trust in Science - An Honest Discussion about COVID and Vaccines


Wednesday, February 3, 5:00–7:00 pm

Virtual


We are excited to be a partner for the Inaugural Community Conversation in The Legacy Series: Building Trust in Science, presented by the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) This community conversation is a deliberative forum to provide a more robust way of including community-generated solutions and ideas on how to build trust and confidence in science, with special attention to strengthening confidence in COVID vaccines. Baltimore residents are welcome to attend this virtual conversation. During this forum, community stakeholders will have a chance to share their perspectives, learn about COVID as they engage with other residents, community leaders, and clinical professionals working in the field.


To learn more and to register, please visit the website.



Chuckanut Health Foundation presents: A special conversation about the COVID-19 Vaccine with Dr. ying Wu



You are invited to join us for a special conversation about the COVID-19 Vaccine with Dr. ying Wu.


Dr. Wu will present his review of the Covid-19 Vaccine and what it means for you. He has offered to answer any questions you might have about the vaccine in addition to sharing his research and medical knowledge.


Dr. Wu has added this disclaimer: “I am not an expert on vaccines, virology, immunology, molecular biology, epidemiology, nanoparticle delivery systems, or lots of other things.


I am a family physician who takes care of people and was asked to spend a few extra hours examining the application materials for the Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA) for the Pfizer and Moderna Covid19 vaccines as part of Family Care Network's due diligence.


Having done that I am happy to share what I've learned with the goal of aiding informed conversation and decision making by our community members about these vaccines.”


Please RSVP through Sarah Lane to receive the Zoom link invitation at director@healthministriesnetwork.net




Learning Opportunities in February: Experts Talking to Communities about COVID-19


Harmonizing the Spiritual and Scientific Worldviews Tues., Feb. 9, 2021, 2:00 p.m. EST. View here. The Religion, Spirituality, and Health Scientific Interest Group will host Dr. Francis S. Collins as their inaugural presenter This event is free and open to the public. Questions for the presenter may be submitted in advance to RSH-SIG@nih.gov A Conversation on COVID-19 with Dr. Fauci and the Muslim Community Thurs., Feb. 11, 2021. Register here. American Muslim Health Professionals (AMHP) hosts this conversation with Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAID Director and Chief Medical Advisor on COVID-19 to President Biden. Recording: TD Jakes Hosts "In Conversations with America: Understanding the COVID-19 Vaccine” To better inform the Black/African American community about the coronavirus vaccine, Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas' Potters House brought in Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett and others to online event this past week.




HMN Foundations Course Information Sessions



Is a Faith Community Health Ministry in Your Future?


Find out by attending one of our Foundations Course Information Sessions with Foundations Course Coordinator and Health Minister, Carol Nicolay. Sessions will be held on:


Saturday, February 6th @ 1pm or

Wednesday, February 10th@ 4:30pm or

Saturday, February 20th @ 1pm or

Wednesday, February 24th @ 4:30pm.


From 10 April-12 June, Health Ministries Network is offering a hybrid Foundations for Faith Community Nursing for active and retired nurses with weekly online curriculum and monthly zoom conferences. This year a parallel Foundations for Health Ministry is being offered for lay members of faith communities. Nurses and Health Ministers work together to open the door for important conversations about health and wellness of the mind, body and spirit. The program is open to all religions, faiths and beliefs. Nurses and health ministers serving diverse communities are encouraged to apply for scholarships.


For more information: https://www.healthministriesnetwork.net/course

Contact: csnicolay@gmail.com or text 360-510-9797




HMN Webinar for Faith Community Leaders Recording


On Tuesday, January 26, 11am – 12pm hosted a Zoom webinar for Faith Community Leaders. Featured Speakers included PeaceHealth medical experts & hospital chaplain, Faith Community Leaders & Whatcom County Health Department. Open discussion and opportunity for Q & A. Here, we have included a link to the video, notes from the meeting and questions about vaccination that the WCHD answered during our time together. For questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.net

Link to Video

Link to Notes

Link to Vaccinations Q&A




Recording Available: January HMN Meeting with Dementia Support NW


On Tuesday, January 26, 11am – 12pm hosted a Zoom webinar for Faith Community Leaders. Featured Speakers included PeaceHealth medical experts & hospital chaplain, Faith Community Leaders & Whatcom County Health Department. Open discussion and opportunity for Q & A. Here, we have included a link to the video, notes from the meeting and questions about vaccination that the WCHD answered during our time together. For questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.net


Link to Video