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May Newsletter


Dear Health Ministries Network Community,


As I write this on May 6th, PeaceHealth reports that 27 patients are in critical care with COVID-19 at the hospital. Kaiser Family Foundation reports that over 3,600 healthcare workers have died in the US, since this pandemic began. In India, roughly 226,000 have died of COVID-19, and many more have been lost without diagnosis. Before we move into the newsletter--into the work we're doing, the gratitude we hold and the hope that we maintain--let us take a moment or silence or pray, each in our own way, or perhaps read the words here for those suffering and dying during this pandemic:

Prayer During a Pandemic

Loving God, Holy One, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. We pray: May love, not fear, go viral. Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence, You, the God who does not abandon, You, the Holy One, breathing within us, breathing among us, breathing around us in our beautiful yet wounded world.

- Sisters of IHM, Scranton, Pennsylvania


Indeed, we must remain vigilant and encourage our faith communities to remain vigilant and wise. We must connect people with good information and vaccination resources, and we must continue to do our good work.


Last week, we hosted a special event for Faith Community Leaders--to keep people connected, to share good information about safety, to offer resources and to continue to educate on vaccination. Please see the video link and resources below. More conversations are coming!


And next week, we will be supporting a mobile pop-up vaccination clinic, alongside a number of other organizations, at Kendall Elementary School. Please see the information below, and know that we are looking for more opportunities to reach out and support our rural communities. Thank you for all you're doing!


We continue to progress through our Foundations Course 2021, and though it is a small group, it is mighty. Thank you to Carol Nicolay, our Course Coordinator, Bill Lonneman, our Course Instructor, to all our guest speakers, to our students and to YOU, who fortify us with your prayers as well as donations. Thank you!


And as one last BIG thank you, in addition to this being Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage (AANHPI) Month and Mental Awareness Month, this month is the month of the nurse. In fact today, May 6th, is the Day of the Nurse! And 2020-2021 is the year(s) of the nurse. Thank you, nurses! This is such a small thank you for all you do here and wherever you share your knowledge, professionalism and compassion, but thank you!


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


With gratitude,


Sarah Lane

Executive Director

director@healthministriesnetwork.net




May Monthly Meeting - Friday


Friday, May 21st 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Come and share in our monthly Zoom Meeting, featuring Mindfulness NW, sharing meditation, mindfulness and self-compassion. These are important tools for self-care and tools to offer to others in our community. Did you know that Mindfulness NW offers Zoom learning and classes throughout the Puget Sound? Come and learn! Please bring questions and stories to share at the Zoom Meeting!


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


Serving with Love: HMN Nurses & Faith Communities Serve East County on May 12th


These past couple of weeks, we've had the beautiful opportunity to plan alongside a team of organizations (see all the logos below) who will host a pop-up mobile vaccine clinic at Kendall Elementary School this upcoming week.


Hoagland's Pharmacy will be vaccinating, and our nurses will be monitoring those who have gotten their vaccination. It is important that we call out a big, pre-emptive thank you to First Christian Church Disciples of Christ and Reverend Tamalyn Kralman who put out a call to their congregation to send volunteers. We have a number of people who will be coming together to serve our County--to bring this opportunity to those who may have trouble makin


g it into town. Please widely share this opportunity to get vaccinated in Kendall. And keep your eyes open for upcoming opportunities to serve with HMN!


Announcing the first-ever Aging Well Whatcom grant round!



We’re very excited to announce our inaugural Aging Well Whatcom grant round! Through our work with the Aging Well Whatcom coalition, we’ve connected with many agencies, networks, and projects serving older adults in our community, and now we want to hear from YOU! We are accepting proposals for projects that align with the Aging Well Whatcom Blueprint and address the needs of older adults in the following areas: Housing, Transportation, Cultural Shift, Information & Navigation Services, Intergenerational Community, and/or Wellness & Healthcare.


Head over to the Chuckanut Health Foundation website to view the grant guidelines and application.


We’ll also be hosting a Q+A session on May 3rd from 3:30-4:30pm – join us for an opportunity to learn more about the application process and ask us any questions you may have about your proposal. Email us for details!


Applications are due June 1st 2021.


Get Counted! Westberg Institute Worldwide Faith Community/Parish Nurse Census and Registry 2021


The mission of the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing is to "support the professional practice of faith community nursing through education, resources, and knowledge sharing." In order to support the professional practice, the Westberg Institute has initiated a worldwide faith community/parish nurse census project in order to gather information to measure the number of faith community/parish nurses worldwide as well as their location, preparation for, and information about various aspects of practice.

You are invited to complete this short survey. Your information will not be sold.

At the conclusion of this census on September 30th, 2021, the Westberg Institute will be establishing and maintaining a permanent worldwide faith community/parish nurse registry. The census is a critical component of creating the registry.

Thank you for taking the time to be counted!

Complete the census here: https://form.jotform.com/210486969811062




Educated and Equipped in Oregon (& Washington)!

Did you know that Deb Fell-Carson and Tawni Pfaff, co-hosts of the Faith Community Health Network, based out of Lebanon, OR, hosts dynamite monthly meetings with great information? If you're in her area, please let her know you'd like to get connected! But whether you're in Oregon or not, we know we can never have enough tools in our caring toolkit. Here are great notes and opportunities from their monthly meeting. Please contact Deb Fell-Carson at faithcommunityhealthnetwork@gmail.com

to stay connected!


COMP Northwest Medical Students presentations on COVID-19 - the Basics.

Here is the link to their presentation and their bios are below. Link will be available until May 25, 2021, but you should be able to download it if you want to keep a copy for your own listening enjoyment.

Huxley Smart grew up on Orcas Island Washington. She attended college at the University of Washington where she earned a B.S. in Microbiology. She is currently a first-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Lebanon Oregon. Huxley is passionate about education, travel, and the gastrointestinal tract.

Nicole Sims is a graduate from the University of Oregon with a degree in Biology and Chemistry. She is a current 1st year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences, COMP Northwest. She has a passion for global travel, education, volunteering, and student mentoring. She is the president of the White Coats for Black Lives club at COMP Northwest and has made issues on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion a priority during her time in medical school.


Here is a link to the PDF that accompanies this presentation.


Dr Lyon and Dr Cieslak - Oregon Health Authority - Post-covid management - handout is attached.

Here is the link to their presentation and their bios are below. Link will be available until May 25, 2021, but, just like with the above presentations, you should be able to download it if you want to keep a copy for your own listening enjoyment.


Dr. Paul Cieslak is the OHA Medical Director for Acute and Communicable Disease and Prevention and Immunizations. Dr. Paul Cieslak earned both his bachelor and medical degrees at The Ohio State University, finishing the latter in 1986. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, with his research focused on amebiasis. During 1992–1994 he worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

He holds adjunct clinical faculty positions with OHSU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases; and for the past 15 years has been a member of the Portland Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. One weekend a month he sees patients in infectious disease consultation for Legacy System and PeaceHealth hospitals. In 1988, Dr. Cieslak married a gal from Enterprise, Oregon; they have 6 children and live in northeast Portland, where they are active members of St. Rose Parish.


Douglas Lyon is a Spanish speaking family physician and epidemiologist with more than 25 years spent working in Oregon and Internationally with Doctors without Borders, the US Centers for Disease Control, and the UN High Commission for Refugees. His work in the US has been primarily caring for the underserved in county and migrant health clinics. His international work as been in a variety of positions as clinician, medical advisor, and country director, this principally in complex emergencies and the management of epidemics – HIV/AID, Cholera, Ebola and COVID-19. He is the founder of an NGO called TodoSomos (TodoSomos.org) which collects first person narratives of Venezuelan refuges in Colombia and South America -- TodoSomos hopes to bring global attention to the hardship and cause of the displacement of the more 5 million that have left their country over the last three years. He has been worked as a Senior Health Advisor for the Oregon Health Authority since September of 2020. His favorite quote this week is from Mahatma Gandhi, ‘The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.’


Here is a link to the PDF that accompanies this presentation.


Deb Fell-Carlson, BSN, RN, COHN-S, MSPH

Faith Community Nurse Coordinator/Lead Educator

Faith Community Health Network of the Mid-Willamette Valley

PO Box 580 | Lebanon, OR 97355 |541.248.0595



Summary Notes, Links from our Reconnecting & Reopening Meeting

We just barely scratched the surface of the challenges that faith communities face in reconnecting. It sounds like it would be good to connect more regularly to continue to share and problem-solve and walk forward together. HMN will work with WCHD to plan our next gathering.



A special thanks to our speakers yesterday: our speakers from Whatcom County Health Department, including Allison Williams, Darin Klein, Amy Hockenberry, Julie McElroy, Melissa Morin and Jennifer Moon, as well as Elizabeth Boyle (Safer Stronger Together) and Lara Welker (Healthcare Coalition). Thank you to Church of the Assumption leadership, especially Dr. Kathy Ernst, for sharing.


Here is the video and a quick summary of resources and points of contact as well as a link to the Resource Slide we showed at the end. Please don’t hesitate to email me or any of the speakers who offered assistance. We want you to feel well-supported in your leadership.


Notes by topic:


Masks: Where can we get masks? They are available in limited quantity from the WUC through the Chamber of Commerce. Contact Liz Boyle via email to schedule pickup. liz@bellingham.com


They are also available right now in bulk at Costco and available on Amazon: 50/$8.

Current Guidance for Faith Communities: Julie McElroy (WCHD) posted: https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/COVID19%20Religious%20and%20Faith%20Based%20Organization%20Guidance.pdf


Are surgical masks N95 masks? No, they are not. Surgical masks are the blue ones that we see commonly at the doctor’s office, and now our in public. N95 masks appear different, are made of a different material and sometimes have a filter.


Singing. There were some questions about singing, specifically soloists. We discussed guidance from the Governor's Guidance for Faith Based Organizations: