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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Fall 2015 


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
The summer has been a busy one for Parish Health Ministry. We have been completing our newest Healthy Thoughts' bulletin inserts on topics related to mental illness, preparing for lead volunteer appreciation, planning a mental health first aide course and preparing for Refresh Your Soul 2016: Alzheimer's and Dementia - Caring and Communication that Works. You will find information on these topics in this issue of the newsletter.
As you may know, our focus this year has been on mental health. Along the way, I discovered a wonderful website for churches. It is called the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness. There are practical suggestions on how to be a more welcoming, inclusive, supportive and engaged congregation for mental health. Click here to view the checklist. There is also an excellent series of short videos for faith community leaders with information on making mental health referrals and suicide prevention and intervention. Click here for video links and other resources. I encourage you to check out their entire website at as it has all of this and much more!
God bless you,
Jeanne Palcic, MGS, RN
Director, ERH Parish Health Ministry
Refresh Your Soul Conference
Alzheimer's & Dementia: Caring and Communication that Works
Friday, March 4, 2016
Featuring keynote  Lisa Genova, PhD, best selling author of Still Alice 
and Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA,
one of America's leading educators on dementia!
For more details, click here.  
  Success Spotlight:  
Volunteer Reaches Out to 
Those with Alzheimer's  
The Friendly Visitor program at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Reading, Ohio has been a significant part of its health ministry for years. Through the ministry, volunteers visit parishioners who are homebound and those in long-term care facilities. Recently the program was blessed when its Network of Care Coordinator, Rose Lindeman, received a call from Karen, a parishioner from nearby Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church. Read on...

Healthy Thoughts - Volume III


In keeping with ERH Parish Health Ministry's (PHM) 2015 focus on Mental Health, we are happy to announce the kick-off of our latest volume of "Healthy Thoughts," which is devoted to mental health topics. Read on...


For more information or to request a program binder and CD, contact your coordinator:     

Jeanne Palcic at
Rhonda Johnson at
Mary Ellyn Pusz at .
Mental Health First Aid Training
Mental Health First Aid is an internationally known, evidenced-based program. Similar to First Aid classes, which provide training on the steps needed to identify and assist a person experiencing a physical crisis, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) trains the attendees, regardless of their education background, in the steps needed to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health crisis.    Read on...
PHM Mourns the Loss of Anna Adkins
It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Anna Adkins, a longtime leader of St. John's Episcopal Church Health Ministry in Lancaster, Ohio.  Mary Oehler, a colleague at St. John's, said, "I will miss her quiet helping of others in our parish," and "all her help with our parish health ministry, her sense of humor, being a nursing colleague and a mentor for me with doing parish health ministry."
May God welcome Anna into her heavenly home!
Featured Community Resource:  Lindner Center of Hope
If you are, or someone you love is, suffering with a mental illness or addiction, it is important that you know you are not alone. There is help and there is hope. Resources in the community are available for support and treatment. It starts with a simple phone call.  The Lindner Center of HOPE is one such community resource. It is a nonprofit, mental health center in Mason, Ohio staffed by a diverse team, united in the philosophy that by working together, they can best offer hope for people living with mental illness. The treatment experience at Lindner Center of HOPE is unlike other psychiatric hospitals and treatment centers.   Read on...  

Anxiety & Chronic Illness in the Aging

by Marian Riestenberg, MSN, RN

Care Manager, Living Well Senior Solutions   


Generalized anxiety may be frequently encountered in older adults who suffer from chronic illness. Due to lack of research, physicians may consider the symptoms as being part of the normal aging process and decide that no treatment is necessary, which may have a serious impact on the individual's quality of life. Read on...

Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry...  
by The Rev. John Keydel

"I give to ERH Parish Health Ministry because I believe their work makes a positive impact on the lives of many people.  As the interim Rector at Christ Church in Glendale, I think it is important to model to our members the kind of charitable giving that I ask them to consider.  Mostly though, I think it is the right thing to do!"
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Spiritual Corner:

A Teacup in the Making:

Psalm 139


By Rev.  Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN


The fall of 1999 was very challenging as the diagnosis of depression had just come into my life. After going through an array of tests which were all negative, my physician looked at me and asked, "Rhonda, could you be depressed?" There it was.  Read on...  

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

New online network that is changing the conversation

Mental health topics

Suicide prevention and education programs
Support and resources for suicide prevention, depression and coping with loss

Leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation
Community-based non-profit dedicated to helping all to lead mentally healthier lives

Help with teen suicide
Christian faith-based peer-to-peer support
 Mental illness support for churches

Offers help to older drivers and their families
Support for leaders in the integration of faith & health

Resources and support for churches & faith community nurses 

Information on board certification for 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