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January Newsletter

Dear Health Ministries Network Community,

Happy, Healthy New Year! As I write this note, I'm sitting in our office at 800 E. Chestnut in Bellingham. It's a lovely, warm office, provided by PeaceHealth, and it will be a great place to gather when it's safe, later in this new year, 2021! Right now, I am here alone, save the many birds, feasting on a variety of berries outside our window.

And I'm reflecting on 2021. It's tempting for a new director to want to "take on the world." And don't think I haven't thought of it. I like big things. But I also cherish small and intimate things, particularly connections. And that's where my heart and hands are at today.

In addition to doing the big work that is always before us, I look forward to calling all our active FCNs and HMs to see how it's going--and to connect people where they need support and connection. I think we all need that. I look forward to hearing needs and responding to concerns from FCNs/HMs and faith communities as we begin to reopen doors and facilities later this year. And I look forward to continuing to balance mind, body and spirit needs, as is our mission.

As a part of all this, please see the great opportunities for learning and connection in the newsletter that follows. We have a great presentation by Dementia Support NW via Zoom this month. And there are lots of opportunities to bring wellness to your faith community or reach out to the larger community as a volunteer. There's also opportunity to enrich yourself as you await opportunities for continued service.

As we step into 2021, may we do so with love and connection, joy and learning, peace and action. Take good care today!

With gratitude,

With gratitude and joy,

Sarah Lane

Executive Director


HMN Monthly Meeting

Friday, January 15, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Zoom Video Conference, featuring a presentation by Dementia Support Northwest. According to Dementia Support NW: "Each year we provide hundreds of hours of education and support in Whatcom and Skagit County as follows: Support Groups for adults caring for those affected by dementia, Staying Connected Memory Support Groups for adults newly diagnosed or experiencing minimal memory loss; Adult Children Support Groups for those adults caring for a parent affected by dementia; and the Find Me Safe Network (a partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff) providing electronic technology to locate those who wander." 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!

Email Sarah Lane for a link or questions at director@healthministriesnetwork.net

Hours Entry Changes in 2021

Happy 2021! it is time to reflect on all the good things that we're doing. Part of taking stock is entering our hours so that we can rest and reflect--and plan for the upcoming year.

If you haven't entered your FCN or HM hours at our website, please take a moment to do that now. Just click here: https://www.healthministriesnetwork.net/hours

You can also email your PDF to director@healthministries.net, or simply let us know you're having difficulty, so that we can find a way to support you--and others who may also be struggling with entering hours.

Or simply click here:

Submit Hours

Dementia Prevention and Treatment

What factors throughout the life course may help reduce risk of dementia? How does precision medicine apply to the field of brain health and dementia research? What resources and interventions can promote brain health or help people live well with dementia? Mark your calendar for this presentation from neuropsychologist Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads of the University of Washington School of Medicine. Geared toward health care providers and other dementia professionals, these key topics and more will be discussed.

About Dr. Rhoads

Dr. Rhoads is a clinical neuropsychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of dementia and neurodegenerative disorders. He currently serves as a neuropsychologist for the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center at Harborview and is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University Of Washington School Of Medicine.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

11:am PST / 1:00pm CST / 2:00 EST

Webinar held via Zoom

Click here to register

If you miss this opportunity, please know that the video will be posted here.

For more information or questions, contact Ki Siadatan at ksiadatan@silverado.com

Register for the next webinar in the: Nightingale Leadership Series

Future of Work in Nursing

The future of nursing is many things—exciting, promising, challenging, multifaceted, innovative, and creative. It’s a world in which nurses will be clinicians, researchers, policy makers, educators, communicators, data analysts, CEOs and much more. It’s a future that includes emerging opportunities that are just becoming visible as technology and policy converge to improve the ways in which healthcare knowledge is discovered, communicated, and implemented. Our distinguished panel—Deb Hayes, Meghan Kennedy, Emily Rubin, Eunice Wangadi, and Victoria Han—have experience that spans these realms and they will be sharing their insights about and visions of the future.

Tuesday, January 12 12-1pm PST

Register Here

Recording Available: December Meeting - Community and Resources

If you missed the December Meeting or would like to review its content, please see the link below to our community check in and sharing of resources. With a lovely dedication by Carol Nicolay, we reflect on angels and the peace and beauty that is available to us today, even amidst pandemic and isolation. Link to the video and good resources here:

Watch the Event on YouTube

December Meeting Notes

Faith Community Connections in Oregon!

Informal networks of active faith community nurses and health ministers are alive and well in Oregon!

If you are receiving this newsletter and are not yet plugged into a regional team, please contact one the coordinators listed below, even if you are not in that region. We will do our best to connect you with your regional coordinator.

Most regional networks are meeting monthly using Zoom. This platform has allowed us to provide some top-notch education for our Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers, and has made it possible to extend invitations to folks in other regions, strengthening our teams.

Please contact either of these Oregon coordinators to get connected to your region:

Jonet Schutz, RN, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator Salem area



Deb Fell-Carlson, RN, Faith Community Nurse Coordinator/Lead Educator

Linn, Benton and Lincoln Counties



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.

Looking for Positive Messaging in 2021

With 2020 behind us, we are looking forward to bringing health messages front and center in our congregations! An easy way to do this is to promote a challenge in your congregation during February, American Heart Month.

The 5-2-1-0 initiative, endorsed by former Oregon legislator Winters and Senator Courtney, is an easy way to get this messaging to those we serve, especially during times of COVID. Use the website to sign up teams and check out the resources tab to download trackers to encourage folks each day:

  • Five or more servings of fruits and veggies

  • Two hours or less of LEISURE screen time

  • One hour or more of physical activity

  • ZERO sugary drinks

Learn more at www.be5210.com!

Quick Links to the CDC

COVID-19 Variants. Information about the characteristics of these variants is rapidly emerging. Scientists are working to learn more about how easily they might spread, whether they could cause more severe illness, and whether currently authorized vaccines will protect people against them. For complete information, click here

COVID-19 One-Stop-Shop Toolkits. Videos, social media, PSAs, print resources, checklists, FAQs, and web resources for every sector or community to prevent the spread of COVID-19. For information specific to faith communities, click here

Monthly CHW Meeting

Friday January 29, 9-11AM - Zoom Video Conference Call

Whatcom Community Health Worker Network

Join other community health workers for networking and resources. Email WhatcomCHWNetwork@gmail.com for the meeting link.