CDC Flu Vaccination Poster for Faith Communities
Below is a link to a flu vaccination poster from the CDC for faith communities. There is space to share information about vaccination clinics you might offer or to refer congregants to other resources/clinics in the community. Please feel free to copy and use.
Flu Vaccination Poster - 2023
Follow this link and scroll down for the poster in Spanish:
Did you know?
- The U.S. had one death by suicide about every 11 minutes in 2021.
- For people aged 10–14 and 25–34 years, suicide was the second-leading cause of death.
- Nearly 900,000 youth aged 12-17 and 1.7 million adults attempted suicide.
- An increasingly greater proportion of Black students report experiencing a suicide attempt in the prior year than their White peers.
Suicide is a growing problem among young people. Faith leaders can have a significant impact on youth, their families, and your entire faith community. HOPE: A Guide for Faith Leaders to Help Prevention Youth Suicide provides faith leaders with guidance for identifying and helping youth who may be at risk for suicide.
LFCNA Program library toolkit
An Ad Hoc Committee of LFCNA has developed a 5-piece toolkit for use in assessing health education needs, priorities and sharing of program ideas to respond to the needs. The toolkit includes:
an assessment tool that can be used with individuals, small groups or the entire congregation;
the health and wholeness model seen above;
suggestions for using the toolkit (not to replace your own creative ideas);
Color and black and white brochures that can be used on your education kiosk or for distribution to individuals, groups, or at events, and
a significant number of online program submissions shared by colleagues across the organization and the country.
Click on the Program Library Toolkit link on the Member's Only page to find more information. We continue to seek program submissions in all health focus areas. Please consider submitting programs that you offer in your ministry. A form to submit your program offerings is found on the Toolkit page.
Health Articles for your Congregation
Focus on Body, Mind, and Spirit
Are you looking for health articles to include in your congregation's newsletter?
You don't have to re-invent the wheel! Advocate Health Care is kind enough to allow us to post their monthly health flyers on a variety of helpful topics.
For September/October, find three Interfaith Flu Flyers to post around the church.
You can find more health articles and other helpful tools for ministry by clicking here:
Parish Nurse Ministry Tools page under Resources.
More Health Flyers to use!!
These are free health tip sheets that you can download and are published in English or Spanish. There is a current month bulletin amd also an archive of hundreds of other topics to choose.
The link can be found in the Member's Only section under Program Library Toolkit. Go to the page and scroll down. Check it out now!!
Like and Follow us On Facebook!
Scroll down to the bottom of this page and visit us on Facebook. Be sure to click the Like And Follow us on the Facebook page.
Looking for some Spiritual Refreshment?
Taking some time for your own spiritual development is vital to your ministry. We have some resources that will help you.
There is a wonderful Advent Devotion by Carol deSchepper.
Cancer Support Group for Spanish Speaking Persons
Spanish Cancer Support Group: Pilar Flores, social worker at Holy Cross Health Centers in Aspen Hill and Silver Spring, is facilitating a virtual cancer support group for Spanish speaking adults who are currently in treatment for cancer. It is held on Teams and it is every 4th Monday from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please see attached flyer and promote as appropriate. For more information please contact Pilar Flores at email@example.com or 301-754-8583Flyer in Spanish
Living Lutheran Articles
Love and Serving: Faith Community Nurses Care for Body, Mind, and Spirit
Faith Community Nurses promote health and wellness in congregations and also at churchwide and synod gatherings. Several of our members share quotes and stories about the effectiveness and joys of faith community nursing that ministers to body, mind, and spirit.
CLICK HERE for this and two previous articles about Faith Community Nursing.
Research Reviews Available!!
Jean Bokinskie does the work of finding appropriate research articles, gives a brief review of the content and summarizes implications for FCN practice.
For November/December the topics are:
prayer, worship, “why me?”, and a social media resource of “back to school” toolkit that provides information for schools, parents/caregivers, and young people.
Go to Members Only, click on Resources, then find Research Reviews..
Our 2023 Grant Recipients
Congratulations to the two 2023 grant recipients of $750.00 each!
Vyneta Barnett, from St. Luke’s Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Alexandria, Kentucky, has used her grant to complete the Foundations Course. Vyneta will be starting the Faith Community Nurse ministry, including a blood pressure clinic, and developing an appropriate documentation system.
Jennifer Nemeth, from Christ Lutheran Church (LCMS) in La Mesa, California, will be using her grant for The LIFT Project. This is a lifestyle based mental health and wellbeing program. It is an evidence-based, cost effective program to help participants make lasting lifestyle changes.
Click here for more information and for the application form. The next deadline is March 15, 2024.
Theology and Trauma: Spiritual Hurt and the Need for Trauma-informed Churches (a podcast)
We [the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College] know you and your church long to effectively serve people affected by trauma. However, trauma is complex, and you may feel ill-equipped and unsure about ways to come alongside trauma survivors. You may also worry about doing or saying the wrong things.
That’s why this week, we’re sharing a conversation we had about theology and trauma with Preston Hill on our The Better Samaritan podcast on Christianity Today. Preston is the assistant professor of integrative theology at Richmont Graduate University, a Clinical Pastoral Therapist in private practice, and an Anglican priest-in-training.
Listen now to hear Preston’s insights into the difference between trauma and suffering, how churches can help those who’ve experienced spiritual hurt, and the important qualities of trauma-informed congregations.
LUTHERAN PARISH NURSES INTERNATIONAL STUDY TOUR
10-18 September 2024 ALASKA USA
LPNI study tours provide Parish Nurses and others from around the world an opportunity to learn, network and support one another, share experiences and models of practice, meet with pastors, deaconesses, missionaries and others to enjoy fellowship with like-minded people. Previous study tours have included Palestine, Australia, Finland, USA, Germany, New Zealand, Brazil, England, Canada, Singapore, Romania
For more information about LPNI and the study tour click here.
Blood Pressure Measurement/Screening Guidelines
Thanks to the efforts of several of our members, the Program Library now has Evidence based Guidelines addressing Blood Pressure Measurement/Screening. A significant amount of work has been invested to offer these guidelines to our members. The evidence was drawn from the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, the U.S. BP Validated Device Listing, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of National Institute of Health, the 7th Report of the Joint National Committee on Preventions,
Detection, Evaluation and Treatment of High Blood Pressure, and the American Medical Association.
You will find the following in the library:
· Comprehensive Guidelines including equipment, process, and follow-up and interventions,
· Two (2) consent/disclaimer forms to be used at events and screenings (your choice), and
· 5 handouts that can be used for patient/congregant education.
To find the BP Screening toolkit, go to the MEMBERS ONLY page of the website and find the information within the Physical Health Programs.
Supporting the Mental Health and Resilience of Nurses
For more information on the
Well - Being Initiative by ANA,
click on this link.
LFCNA Board Member Contact Information
It is our desire that members of LFCNA to have full access to contact information for our Board Officers and Directors. For security purposes we have added this information to the Member's Only page. The Board List with contact information is now available. Click on the Officer and Director Contact List link.