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Starting a volunteer parish health ministry

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by Jeniele Jeniele, ADN, RN (Member) Member Nurse

Jeniele has 0 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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My congregation does not have a parish health ministry and I believe we might have a need for one.  Has anyone started a new ministry at their church as a volunteer?  What would be the best way to determine if there is a need and what services to offer? Where would I learn what services I can provide under my scope of practice?

  We do have a congregational care committee that coordinates cards, meals, prayer shawls ect. so I was thinking that this could be an extension of that and provide BP checks, diabetic and medication education during our senior lunches, etc.

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I would love to do this in my church community. I’ve had exactly these same questions, so I hope there is more discussion/replies. 

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Caprica6 has 10 years experience.

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I'm also interested in learning more.

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AlleeBooRN specializes in OB, ER.

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are you still working on this.  I was asked to start a program and do not know where to start

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25 minutes ago, AlleeBooRN said:

are you still working on this.  I was asked to start a program and do not know where to start

Same!

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I was asked to be the leader for our health ministry. It’s been in place for many years but no new programs or activities over the past few years. To my knowledge the previous parish nurse made many connections in the community & partnered with businesses & non-profits to offer services to our member.

initially we put out a call to all members to get involved/volunteer & there were a handful that showed up. We set day/time each month to meet & discuss planning, budget & any other issues. 
 

since I’ve joined  the Health ministry we’ve asked members to complete a survey asking what topics they’re interested in, how they like to receive  Health info & a ton of other question that we thought would help guide us in planning. We had a relatively small number of people to complete the surveys. 
 

my city has a health assessment that pretty details what health issues are common & what populations those issues effect. I used this a guide for offering Programming since surveys didn’t work well.

I’ve reached out to other people that have been involved with the ministry to ask what they’ve done in the past....why reinvent the wheel?  
 

There has  been a ton of things we accomplished over the past couple years. I don’t have a lot of experience with this but I’m happy to answer questions. 

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