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July Newsletter



Dear Health Ministries Network Community,


Happy summer! Today, I hope that you are finding balance between reconnecting with family, friends and faith community as well as taking rest and staying safe. I hope that you're keeping cool during days of heat. And I know you're continuing to serve our faith communities, geographic communities and most vulnerable populations well. Thank you!


This is a time of careful cultivation.


On June 23rd, our HMN Board met for Strategic Planning and reflected on where we have been and where we are "growing." We honored our "roots" in parish nursing and affirmed the strong "trunk" of our organization. We discussed the "branches and leaves" of enrichment and service to faith and geographic communities.


Carefully cultivated growth is something to celebrate. We have grown in our flexibility, serving online and in person. We have grown in our organization, graduating 5 new FCNs/HM. We have grown in how we serve others, supporting vaccination clinics and applying for a grant to bring FCNs/HMs to eastern Whatcom County, and we continue to grow in our responsiveness to faith community needs across our four-county area and beyond.


This month, I invite you to share the ways in which your health ministry is growing--as well as how Health Ministries Network can help in your own careful cultivation!


On Friday, July 16th, 12-1:30pm, via Zoom, we'll hold our monthly meeting, but we'll extend our invitation to FCLs and Health Ministries. Supported by Whatcom County, Chuckanut Health Foundation and others, we'll take a look at the pandemic landscape today. And we will spend part of the meeting discussing and troubleshooting challenges you may be facing as communities come back together. Bring your victories, challenges and questions to share. Together, we grow stronger. All are welcome!


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


Yours in growth and gratitude,


Sarah Lane

Executive Director

director@healthministriesnetwork.net




Our HMN Board met for strategic planning in June, and oh, the places we'll go (thank you, Dr. Suess!) in the next few months and years! Left to right: Joni Hensley (President), Pam Colyer, Kevin Majkut (Treasurer), Dr. Emily Gibson, LeAna Osterman (Vice Chair), Dick Cathell (guest, former Director, & unofficial HMN historian), Kate Massey (Board Secretary), Dr. Mike Massanari (Medical Advisor) and Charles (Chaz) Nelson. Thank you to Dr. Emily Gibson for hosting us in this beautiful outdoor space!


You are invited! Faith Community Leaders & Health Ministries

July Monthly Meeting - Friday 7/16, 12-1:30pm


Back in April (has it been that long?) Faith Community Leaders and Health Ministries came together to share victories and challenges and ask: where are we going next? We had the Health Department and others at our meeting to help you work through some of the concerns we have about reopening. When we left, we had a big question on our minds: What happens when we bring those who are vaccinated and those who are not yet vaccinated together in the same space?


We'd like to come together again in community on July 16th, 12-1:30pm. We'd like to share experiences, challenges and questions that remain or have arisen around reopening. We will have guests from WCHD and other organizations available to help us answer remaining questions.


We'd love to connect with you, wherever you are!


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Congratulations and Welcome to the 2021 HMN Faith Community Nursing and Health Ministries Course Graduates




We are so pleased to announce the names of our Foundations Course graduates. Congratulations to Kim, Karen, Valerie, Sunny and Sarah! The graduation video is available below!


Kim Clark, RN (North Park University), MSN (Walden University) is recently retired who took this course to help her home church, Northwest Hills Community Church in Corvallis OR with their health ministry. Kim served as nursing faculty at Linn Benton Community College doing teaching, group facilitation and simulation training.


Karen Broostrom, RN ( Texas Women's University) and Master's in Nursing Education (University.of Washington) completed the Health Minister's curriculum in 2020. She recently retired after 25 years as an ER nurse Karen felt God’s call to serve as a Faith Community Nurse at South Hills Christian Church in Puyallup WA.


Valerie Wicks, RN (Excelsior College, Albany NY) with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She is a certified Hospice Nurse and worked in that specialty area of nursing practice for 20 years. Valerie plans to serve Quinault Baptist Church in Kennewick WA as a Faith Community Nurse.


Sarah Lane, MPA (University of Oklahoma) and MA (National University) is the Executive Director of Health Ministries Network. Sarah is a personal trainer/health coach and Education Specialist for Diabetes Prevention and Parkinson's interventions. She will serve as a Health Minister in Bellingham WA.


Sunny Garza RN (Skagit Valley Community College) and BSN (Western Wash. University) Sunny’s areas of nursing specialty include, rehabilitation, infusion, home health and medical inpatient. She is affiliated with Jake's House Church in Arlington WA, and plans to serve as a Faith Community Nurse for diverse and underserved populations.


Thank you to the people who provided their time and talent that enriched the learning experience


Bill Lonneman, DPN, RN Lead Instructor for content delivery and managing on-line instruction

Carol Nicolay, EdD Course Coordinator for managing the course logistics

Sarah Lane, HMN Executive Director for leadership and direction


And to Faith Community Nurses, Health Ministers, and HMN Board Members:


Dennis Taylor, Kathryn Selleriet, and Mary Lynn Palmer for discussing their faith community ministries

Elizabeth Hart, DVSAS Guest Instructor on the topic: Violence

Emily Gibson, MD Guest Instructor on the topic: Behavioral Health

Melanie Cool, LMHC Guest Instructor on the topic, Loss Suffering and Grief

Kate Massey, Chaz Nelsonand Pam Colyer, for dedication service participation

Joni Hensley, HMN Board President for leadership at the dedication service



A very special "thank you" to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church's dedicated Prayer Shawl Ministry! Our FCNs and HMs will carry these and the prayers that went into them throughout their ministries. HMN was able to share a beautiful, bright and warm prayer shawl with each of our graduates from both the classes of 2020 and 2021 this year.. Thank you!




June 2021: The New Advance Directive & POLST Documents

Thank you to all who attended our monthly meeting! We had an information-rich hour of training on the new Advance Directive and POLST documents by Hilary Walker of PeaceHealth and Kate Massey from Northwest Regional Council. If you missed the meeting, you can get all the good information by watching the recorded video here.


Please find a one-page educational flyer to use if helpful in the community. It includes the PeaceHealth website and the various ways people can get their documents on file as part of their medical record. Link to flyer.


Resources:

https://www.honoringchoicespnw.org

https://wsma.org/advance-directives

https://www.peacehealth.org/advance-care-planning


Points of Contact for Support:

Hilary Walker, hwalker@peacehealth.org

Kate Massey, kate.massey@dshs.wa.gov (particuarly for clients who are not patients at PeaceHealth)


For questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.netVideoThank you to all who attended our monthly meeting! We had an information-rich hour of training on the new Advance Directive and POLST documents by Hilary Walker of PeaceHealth and Kate Massey from Northwest Regional Council. If you missed the meeting, you can get all the good information by watching the recorded video here.


Please find a one-page educational flyer to use if helpful in the community. It includes the PeaceHealth website and the various ways people can get their documents on file as part of their medical record. Link to flyer.


Resources:

https://www.honoringchoicespnw.org

https://wsma.org/advance-directives

https://www.peacehealth.org/advance-care-planning


Points of Contact for Support:

Hilary Walker, hwalker@peacehealth.org

Kate Massey, kate.massey@dshs.wa.gov (particuarly for clients who are not patients at PeaceHealth)


For questions contact director@healthministriesnetwork.net




Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Presents:

“A Virtual-Live Summer Workshop”


From: The BHSET Faith Community Nurse Resource Center

Date: August 3, 2021

Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cost: $20


This summer workshop includes a morning session and afternoon session and includes 6.5 Contact Hours for Nurses after Successful Completion.


Morning Session

8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Dr. Cynthia Stinson, PhD, APRN, CNS, RN-BC, Chair, Joanne Gay Dishman School of Nursing

Topic: Jurisprudence: 2.0 Hours, Geriatrics 2.0 Hours


Afternoon Session