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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Fall 2014 


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,

I have found another excellent resource in a country doctor named William Hablitzel, MD.  He is a local physician currently serving in a health clinic in rural Adams County.  A past Refresh Your Soul Conference attendee told me about him and encouraged me to read his books and consider him as a speaker for Refresh Your Soul 2015 (RYS).  I was inspired by what I learned about him and have secured him for RYS.  


Dr. Hablitzel understands and explains the meaning of "healing vs. curing" in a way that is clear and touches your heart. He shares how his greatest teachers have not been his professors in medical school or experts at medical conferences, but rather his greatest teachers have been his patients.  He has written several books including The 12 Secrets of Healing and Dying is the Best Thing that Ever Happened to Me, and they are wonderful!  Please join us on Feb. 28, 2014 for RYS as we meet Dr. Hablitzel along with two other fabulous speakers!

May God continue to bless you and your ministry, 

Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN

Program Manager

Parish Health Ministry

Refresh Your Soul Conference Set for 

Saturday, February 28, 2015  

Keynote Speaker:  Mitch Albom,  

author of

Tuesdays with Morrie

Volunteer Appreciation Event
Enjoyed by All

On August 16, 2014 ERH Parish Health Ministry (PHM) celebrated 16 years of service with its volunteers, friends and their guests at a Comedy Get Away!  Over 100 attended a dessert reception and a performance of the Barnes & Miner Comedy Duo at the Cincinnati Marriott Northeast.  Thanks to all who have made PHM a success for 16 years! Click here to view pictures of the event.

PHM Partnering Churches Distribute Yellow Dot Community Wide

The Yellow Dot program is designed to quickly communicate current and crucial medical conditions to fire, police and paramedics responding to an automobile accident.  Following  successful distributions of the ERH Parish Health Ministry (PHM) Yellow Dot program in their respective churches, the health cabinets at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Washington Court House and Community United Methodist Church in Circleville, two partnering churches of PHM, have taken the next step by distributing approximately 1400 program kits community-wide.  Read on....

RYS Rose

PHM Says Good-bye to Rose

"What a lovely thing a Rose is!"

- Arthur Conan Doyle, The Naval Treaty 


For 12 years, ERH Parish Health Ministry coordinator and early riser, Rose Lindeman, has greeted us, her co-workers, with her smile and laughter as we arrived.  Rose retired from her regular, part time PHM position in June 2014.  However, she is staying on "as needed" (PRN) with PHM to help with special projects and will remain the lead for her parish, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.  

Read on... 

Expanded Edition of Backdoor Reading Program Now Available 

This 2014 expanded edition of Backdoor Reading, featuring 11 new topics of the one-page health information sheets, is now available at no charge to partnering churches and institutions of ERH Parish Health Ministry. Read on... 
For more information or to order a program folder, contact Jeanne at  

Vial of Life Program

Since 1999 ERH Parish Health Ministry has participated in the Vial of Life Program, a program which has saved countless lives by providing  first responders with vital health information contained in a vial marked "Vial of Life," located in the refrigerator.   Read on...


For more information on the Vial of Life Program, contact Jeanne at  

Featured Community Resource:  
New Medicare Benefit

There is a new, fully covered educational and preventive care benefit for seniors, with no out of pocket and no co-pay as part of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010.  Read on...
See our Helpful Resources section in this newsletter for other useful links. 

Travel Doesn't Have  

to be Challenging 

by Peggy Slade-Sowders

A change in a medical or physical condition or the need to travel with an elderly loved one may have you rethinking your winter get-away or holiday travel plans. With careful planning and a little extra preparation, you can still travel safely and comfortably to that warm destination or to visit family over the holidays. Read on...  


Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry... 

A testimonial by Walda Helvie, Chairperson

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church Whole Health Ministry


The ERH Parish Health Ministry, through their caring staff and their body/mind/spirit centered programs, is a model of the Golden Rule.  We have several partnerships but we value our partnership with ERH's Parish Health Ministry more than any other.  To show our appreciation, we send a yearly donation.  Read on... 

Donate Now 

Spiritual Corner

A Time for Celebration

By Rev. Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN


Throughout the ages, celebration has been a very important piece of the story of historical events. Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 4 says there is a time for everything, "a season for every activity under Heaven" and "a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance." The Parish Health Ministry Program has been serving congregations, companies and the greater community for 16 years.  We need to make celebration a part of our story and the legacy we leave. 

Read on...

Educational Opportunities

  • Friendly Visitor Orientation Training
    September 25, 2014, 6:30-8:00pm
  • Eight-hour management-level course "Mobilizing Faith-Based Community Organizations in Preparing for Disaster"
    October 21, 2014, 8:00am-4:30pm
  • Faith Community Nursing Courses offered by International Faith Community Nursing Organization
  • Foundation of Faith Community Nursing Course 
    October 24, 25 and November 7, 8
  • Greater Cincinnati Parish Health Ministry Network Meeting 
    October 29, 2014, 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Greater Dayton Faith Community Nurses/Health Ministers Network Meeting
    November 20, 2014, 6:00pm-8:30pm
  • Faith, Awareness and Action...Addressing Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence
    October 29, 2014, 9:00am-4:30pm
  • Congregational Nursing Foundations Course 
    February and March, 2015  

For more information on the above education programs, including registration information, please visit the Parish Health Ministry website educational opportunities page or click here.

In This Issue
RYS Conference
Volunteer Appreciation Event
Expanded Edition of Backdoor Reading Program
Vial of Life Program
New Medicare Benefit
Tips for Stress-Free Travel
Why I Give...
Spiritual Corner
Educational Opportunities
Helpful Resources
Updates/Opportunities at ERH
 ResourcesHelpful Resources



Journal of Christian Nursing

Quarterly professional publication to help the Faith Community Nurse integrate issues of faith with nursing practice

Church Health Center

Seeks to reclaim the Church's biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits by providing health ministry tips, ideas and services, including a coordinator e-newsletter for church leaders


 Diabetes Daily

Weekly newsletter-information on Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Appetizing recipes included in each issue.


Cancer Support Community 

Free programs and services for people with cancer and their loved ones

Mesothelioma Center

Free resources and vital information about cancer caused by asbestos for victims and their loved ones.  


 NAMI of Montgomery County's  Strides for Mental Health walk 

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)  

NAMI is dedicated to improving the lives of families and individuals affected by mental illness through education, support, and advocacy.

PHM Quick Links

Updates/Opportunities at ERH
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Meals on Wheels Needs Your Help!


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 eastern Cincinnati. Routes are currently available in the Mt. Washington, Anderson/Cherry Grove, Oakley/Rookwood and Madisonville areas.  Meals are picked up at the 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 email her at


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 Manager
513-272-5555 ext. 4223
800-835-5768 ext. 4223
For a complete list of ERH Parish Health Ministry Coordinators, visit