We Care Faith Partners
Two years age, Dr. Tom Holmes, Director of Covenant Ministries in Lima, Ohio brought together a group of people from faith communities, the Allen County Health Department and the Mental Health Board to study the problem of addiction in Allen County. One of the first programs the group offered was an Addition Training Program. Trainers from the Rush Center of the Johnson Institute came to Lima to assist people in faith communities to develop a conceptual framework for thinking about alcohol and drug related problems and issues.
This program was followed with more educational opportunities for faith community members. Next surveys were conducted in faith communities to gather information about the extent of the problem of addictions. The surveys were completed to bring to the forefront the problem with addictions in faith communities, as well as, in the entire community. After the extent of the problem was delineated, the group moved on to coordinate solutions to the problem of addiction. At the present time work in congregations has started to help individuals and families with prevention, early intervention, referral assistance, recovery support and advocacy related to alcohol and other drug problems. The group that Dr. Holmes started two years ago has grown in numbers of people, faith communities and agencies. The group has broadened their mission to transforming the community, so that no person will fall between the cracks. This group is mobilizing members of faith communities to work on the problems of addiction, as well as, any problem that divides the community which includes the problems of teen pregnancy, truancy, delayed academic progress, loneliness, etc.
Once a month the group meets on Saturday morning to pray, support each other, build relationships and discuss the issues that divide the community. At these meeting the members of We Care Health Partners also give presentations on new and exciting programs being offered in Allen County. In November the following new programs were introduced and discussed: We Care Kids Connection: a mentoring, partnership program for children. Emotions Anonymous: 12 Step Support Group. Externally Focused Church: a way of “rethinking” church to become service oriented and defined by purpose and perspective. Faith Partners in Allen County are mobilizing individuals in faith communities to work together to transform their community. For more information contact Bev Driver, the parish nurse coordinator, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or you may visit the We Care Health Partners Web Site at www.wecarepeople.org
Basic Parish Nurse Education Course
Please spread the word that the next Basic Parish Nurse Education Course will be offered by the Congregational Nurse Project starting on March 5, 2009 in Northwest Ohio. The course will be offered on five consecutive Thursdays. Faith Community Nursing is a specialty area of professional nursing that has as its focus the intentional care of the spirit. The course is a 36 hour course and prepares nurses for practice as a Faith Community Nurse.
16th Annual CNP Spring Seminar
The planning committee for the annual spring seminar is happy to announce that the all day annual Spring Seminar will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. The speaker will be Donald Koepke, Director Emeritus of the Center for Spirituality and Aging in Cerritor, California. Donald will speak on spiritual companioning of the elderly and people with dementia. To find out more about the Basic Parish Nurse Education course and the Annual Spring seminar contact the editor or visit the Congregational Nurse Project Web site www.cnpnwo.org
CNP Annual Appeal
The Congregational Nurse Project Board requests that you carefully consider a donation to the Project. Your donation will assist the Board in furthering their mission of promoting the health and well being of faith communities though outreach, educational and networking opportunities. To donate please send your donation to the Congregational Nurse Project at P.O.Box 1262 Bowling Green, OH 43402.
CNP is a nonprofit 501( c) (3), and your donation is tax deductable. Thank you for your support and prayerful consideration of this request.
“For now, I have a plan!”
I am 82 years old. I live alone in a comfortable home. I have a loving family. I lead an active social life and have good health relative to my age. But I need a plan. A plan about downsizing and simplifying. And this is where a very forward thinking Director of Health Ministry at my church (Sylvania United Church of Christ) comes in . Cathy Hunter thought it would be a good idea for mature folks to look into retirement facilities in our area. Over many months she arranged for all who were interested to visit seven different places offering independent and/or assisted living and nursing care. We were welcomed everywhere that we went with very comprehensive tours and lovely luncheons. Our group consisted of single ladies, a gentlemen and couples. We had a great time and gathered lots of information that we didn’t even know that we needed! Each facility was different and still much the same. But speaking personally, I felt that there were different feelings of community. And now I know which seemed right for me. I don’t know what my future will hold, but for now I have a plan.
Prescription Assistance Program
Jill Shafer, Health Ministry Coordinator at Fisher Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, Ohio, discovered that some people in her community were having difficulty purchasing the medications prescribed by their physicians. Whenever Jill sees a need, she tries to find a solution. Jill knew that pharmaceutical companies had programs to assist people who were unable to purchase their prescribed medications. Jill also knew that each company had their own paperwork to complete and eligibility requirements to meet to obtain the medications. When speaking to the staff at physicians’s offices, Jill found out they did not have the time and/or the expertise to research and complete the paperwork required by each pharmaceutical company. Jill set up a program called the Prescription Assistance Program.
The program started in 2006 and helps the person and also the staff in the physicians’s offices. The first step of the program was to learn about the paperwork and eligibility requirements for each pharmaceutical company. Jill, with the assistance of retired nurses, completes the paperwork for each medication based on the requirements of the individual pharmaceutical company. The patient then comes to the Fisher Titus Medical Center to pick up the appropriate paperwork. The person takes the completed paperwork to the physician’s office for a signature. Two hundred people have benefited from this program since the inception of the program. Jill’s interest in finding solutions to problems has enabled the hospital, staff in the physicians’s offices and the pharmaceutical companies to work together to improve the health and well being of the people in need in her community.
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