The work we do in our health ministries, wherever we offer them, is rooted in relationships. We connect with people whom we serve and help them connect their faith and their health. As we share information to help people make healthy choices, as we refer people to resources that can support their health, as we [...]
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LIFE - AFFIRMING CONVERSATIONS Life is an astounding gift! Have you marveled at a sunset lately? Or been amazed that the sun still burns, giving us light and heat and energy? Or been wrapped in the arms of a loved one? Or felt your spirit soar with magnificent music? Or given thanks for/to all who make [...]
The Board of Directors of Health Ministries Association (HMA) is pleased to announce our first-ever Executive Director, Ms. Julie Ruchniewicz, BSN, RN. This new Executive Director position is an exciting step forward in the growth of HMA, and we are confident in the experience and passion Julie brings to the role. Ms. Ruchniewicz has been [...]
Now Available! New Podcast Series for Faith Community Nurses: The Heart and Soul of Caring As announced recently, Catholic Health Initiatives (now part of CommonSpirit Health, one of the nation’s largest health systems) has created a new series of podcasts developed by and for faith community nurses. I know many nurses are not paid for [...]
Religion Member Interest Group, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics The Religion Member Interest Group (RMIG) is a group within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics,the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. RMIG consists of members [...]
Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination - by Temple Collaborative on Community Inclusion. Recommendations and Resources for Peer-Run Programs for People with Mental Health Conditions - This document is designed to provide information on the types of anti-prejudice and anti-discrimination initiatives that these individuals have successfully implemented in the past. Click here to go to [...]
In disaster situations, nurses must care for others while caring for themselves and their family. Texas Nurses Association and Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, with the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, developed Care for the Caregiver to help nurses before, during and after disasters. Visit www.texasnurses.org/c4c to watch videos, download resources and get more information on [...]
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) has a Blog for Teens. If your Ministry has you working with teens, the is a valuable resource for you. This weeks post (01/22/19) by Dr. Nora Volow, NIDA Director, announced the kick off of the 2019 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. She took part in the [...]
Searching for our First Executive Director The Board of Directors of Health Ministries Association, Inc. (HMA) continues the search for the new Executive Director position for the organization. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please pass this information onto anyone qualified. This is a 20-hour/week position reporting to the HMA Board of Directors. [...]
SEASON OF DARKNESS, SEASON OF LIFE As I write this column, the year’s longest night is approaching. In a couple of days, the tilt of Earth’s axis as the planet rotates will turn the northern hemisphere its furthest distance from the Sun. The hours of darkness outnumber the hours of daylight on this midwinter day. [...]