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Access to Healthcare

This program gives your faith community access to education, screenings and other healthcare resources. We work with your health ministry to actively promote overall health, wellness, and prevention within your faith community.

Faith Community Health connects your faith community to provide:

  • Health screenings (blood pressure, medication reviews, body mass index and more).
  • Health promotion and education programs that cover topics like chronic disease, advance care planning, fitness, nutrition and CPR.
  • Bulletin and newsletter inserts to promote health.
  • Health advocacy, including help navigating the complex healthcare system, informal referrals to community resources and health counseling.
  • A service that partners with you to supplement, expand, or begin health ministry programs that are unique to you and your faith community.

Guiding Principles
Faith Community Health works to support your community by focusing on these basic principles:

  • Overall health promotion.
  • Health literacy (helping everyone understand health).
  • Whole-person health.
  • Advocacy.
  • Health equity.
  • Community-focused health.
  • Being inclusive to all.
  • Taking action.
  • Expanding access to care.

Mind, Body and Spirit
Give your faith community members more access to the healthcare and wellness resources they need to help them live their healthiest life in all areas – mind, body and spirit.

To inquire about resources for the health ministry in your faith community, call (217) 365-5495 or email FaithCommunityHealth@carle.com.

Learn more about health ministries.
 


 

Faith Community Nursing

Faith community nurses' goal is to help empower communities, foster an environment of understanding, collaborate with faith leaders and involve you, your family and your congregation as active partners in a healthy community. Established in 1997 by Carle, the program has trained over 500 nurses who've found joy in serving their congregations.

Faith community nurses work to:

  • Support educational programs such as health screenings, illness prevention and wellness promotion.
  • Provide individual health counseling services in the home, assisted living or long-term care facility.
  • Help congregation members navigate healthcare systems.
  • Connect people with healthcare resources, community organizations and other supportive programs.
  • Assist with advance care planning conversations and other healthcare decision making.

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Training
The preparation course is recognized by the American Nurses Association (ANA) with formal scope and standards. Through this nondenominational program, registered nurses receive continuing education hours, as well as the support and resources necessary to build a Faith Community Nursing program in a faith community. 

Register for upcoming training here.

Faith Communities
We encourage religious organizations of any faith to participate in the program. Once a registered nurse in your community has trained for this specialty, you’ll gain a healthcare educator, advocate and counselor. Contact us to learn more about the program and how you can bring faith community nursing to your organization.

Learn more about faith community nursing.

Classes, Events and Support Groups

Jan. 26, 2021
11 a.m.