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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Spring/Summer 2015 


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,

Thank you for your tremendous response to the Refresh Your Soul Conference.  We were thrilled with the outcome!  Feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive.  Believe it or not, we will now start planning for RYS 2016.  Please feel free to submit any speaker ideas to me by May 15th.


I would also like to announce that for the next year, Parish Health Ministry will focus on mental health.  It is such an important aspect of whole person health and seems to affect everyone in some way.  Therefore, we are focusing our energy on offering programs and training in this area.  We plan to promote awareness through education and hope that our efforts, and those of our partners, will assist in reducing the stigma around mental illnesses and inspire hope & healing.   


One program we are developing is a new Healthy Thoughts, Volume 3 (bulletin articles) devoted to mental health.  We hope our partners will join us in offering these articles and other programs developed over the next year to their members and the larger community they serve. 


God bless you,

Jeanne Palcic, MGS, RN
Director, ERH Parish Health Ministry

Refresh Your Soul Conference 2015


On February 28, 2015, approximately 450 people attended our annual Refresh Your Soul Conference which was held this year at Landmark Church. Three inspiring speakers, William Hablitzel, MD, Brooke Billingsley, and our keynote speaker, Mitch Albom, shared powerful stories on "Living With Purpose, Hope, and Healing."


When asked how the conference impacted her ministry Betsy Babb, Faith Community Nurse at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park, stated, "I have been involved with Parish Health Ministry for over 14 years. Refresh Your Soul always leaves me feeling renewed and empowered. The conference reminded me that I love what I do and am blessed to be able to do it. I love meeting people where they are and helping them in their journey of life and healing. Life is too short not to be passionate about what I do." Read on...


  Success Spotlight:  

Bringing Comfort to Others through Healing Hands Quilt Ministry 

Fourteen years ago on a beautiful summer day, Knox Presbyterian Church invited congregation members enjoying fellowship at "Lemonade on the Lawn" to participate in a new healing ministry.  People of all ages traced their hands and chose a square of bright printed fabric to be made into a "Healing Hands Quilt" by volunteer quilting artists in the church.  Thirteen beautiful quilts were made in that initial effort, and they have provided comfort to many going through medical or other challenges. Read on...

Transforming Despair to Promise

By Rev. Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN, PHM Coordinator

Awareness, education and communication are tools which enable all of us to bring about positive change around any tragedy of life. According to MedlinePlus, "Suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in the United States." Most of us have been touched by the tragedy of someone who has ended their own life or know someone who has attempted suicide and yet most of us are not comfortable with the subject. We also know as part of the healing process, those who are hurting and or grieving need to tell their stories. Suicide must be talked about! Read on...


Walk 50 Miles in 50 Days

Walk 50 Miles in 50 Days originally kicked-off in 2002 with great enthusiasm from approximately 40 churches, logging over 23,000 miles, equivalent to walking around the world! Since then, we have had much positive feedback and heart-warming stories that reflect whole person health outcomes: Physical, Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual. Here is a sampling of comments that reflect how the program impacted some participants: Read on...


For more information or to order a program folder, contact your coordinator:  
Jeanne Palcic at
Rhonda Johnson at
Mary Ellyn Pusz at .

Featured Community Resource:  


Mental illnesses are real diseases causing disturbances in feeling, relating, or thinking. These illnesses do not discriminate and affect people of all ages, ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. One out of every four families in America has a member who lives with mental illness. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that one in four adults-approximately 57.7 million Americans-experience a mental health disorder in a given year. The World Health Organization predicts that by 2020, mental illness will be the second leading cause of disability worldwide, after heart disease. 

NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support and advocacy. They offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness. Read on...

Dealing With Depression in Older Adults

by Marian Riestenberg, MSN, RN

Care Manager, Living Well Senior Solutions   


Depression in the older adult population is becoming a more prevalent and perplexing problem.  Despite what some people think, depression is not a normal part of aging, but rather a serious, yet very treatable illness.  Older adults are often misdiagnosed and undertreated, but yet are at increased risk of having depression due to living with long term health problems.  Such events such as losing a spouse, loss of friends and other family members, or leaving a home you've lived in for many years can also trigger or enhance feelings of sadness and anxiety.  If you are concerned about a loved one or friend, here are some tips to assist them in finding the help they need. Read on...


Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry...    

by Lisa R. Hughes

Member of the Health and Wellness Committee of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church


"I give to support this ministry of health and wholeness that offers so many resources, available to everyone including Episcopal Retirement communities, partnering congregations, and the communities they serve.   All congregations, not just Episcopal, are invited, welcomed, and served. 

Their free newsletter contains useful stories, resources, tools and tips for individuals and congregations. The website is filled with resources, links, and a schedule of programs and educational opportunities.  For example, a click on "Health and Wellness" provides congregational resources like Journeying Through Grief, Healthy Thoughts bulletins, and Portion Plate.    Parish Health Ministry is supported by donations and so as a regular participant in the programs and grateful recipient of so much of what they provide, I give to help maintain and grow this essential service and to help support the communities it serves. "

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A Reflection on Suicide by Christine Eaton  



That's what this "thing" called suicide has done

It has changed the makeup of all we've known

The way we see, smell, hear and touch

Read on... 

Educational Opportunities 
Click here for information, including dates and registration information. 
In This Issue
Helpful Resources



American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention and education programs

Support and resources for suicide prevention, depression and coping with loss


Mental Health of America

Community-based non-profit dedicated to

the promotion of mental health as a critical part of overall wellness

Help with teen suicide



Christian faith-based peer-to-peer support


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation


Drug Abuse & Diabetes

Comprehensive resources on substance abuse and diabetes

 National Council on Aging (NOCA)

 Improving the Health and Economic Security of older adults 


Beyond Driving with Dignity 

Offers help to older drivers and their families


Faith Community Nursing Certification

Information on board certification for Faith Community Nurses

National Health Ministries Association 

Support for leaders in the integration of faith & health


International Parish Nurse Resource Center 

Resources and support for churches & faith community nurses 


PHM Quick Links

Updates/Opportunities at ERH
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Volunteers Opportunities:

Meals on Wheels

Make a difference in a senior's life by becoming a Deupree Meals on Wheels volunteer. Drivers/Deliverers needed for mornings Tuesday through Friday, approximately 10:30-noon, to deliver to seniors in the Cincinnati area. Routes are currently available in the Fairfax, Hyde Park, Anderson/Cherry Grove, Mt. Washington, and Madisonville areas.  Meals are picked up at Deupree House in Hyde Park.  Must have your own vehicle, driver's license/insurance and must be willing to undergo a background check /finger printing.  To volunteer and learn more, contact Sue Susskind at 561-8150 or e-mail her at 


Click here to learn about other volunteer opportunities at Episcopal Retirement Homes.


Living Well Senior Solutions offers care management services to seniors throughout Greater Cincinnati. Contact Peggy at 561-0222 or email her at or 

visit our website.


Job Opportunities with ERH are posted on our website. For more information, click here.

Contact Parish Health Ministry 

Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN
Program Director
513-272-5555 ext. 4223
800-835-5768 ext. 4223
For a complete list of ERH Parish Health Ministry Coordinators, visit