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An e-newsletter for friends of Parish Health Ministry



Spring 2013


Dear Friends of Parish Health Ministry,
Spring is here offering us beauty and a rebirth of nature.  God is awesome the way he makes all things new and gives us amazing gifts.  I am finding that when I intentionally look for it, I see so many gifts that God gives me every day.  In the past year I have taken the challenge of writing down one thousand gifts for which I am grateful.  I am on #988.  It has been one of the most rewarding things I have done in a long time and gives me a sense of peace and grace from the One that loves me. 
Ann Voskamp, author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, states that Eucharisteo (Thanksgiving) always precedes the miracle. I have found miracles occur after I stop to recognize and thank God for His gifts especially in the difficult times.  I challenge others to do it as well.  Just take a few minutes each day or every few days to identify His gifts and thank Him in that present moment and write it down. I pray that you are blessed with the fullness of life that you seek.  

In His Name,

Jeanne Palcic, MGS, RN

Director, ERH Parish Health Ministry

Hundreds Learn to Strengthen their Life in Challenging Times at RYS 2013!


RYS audience

The Refresh Your Soul Conference was a success with close to 200 people attending on March 8 and 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Blue Ash (northern Cincinnati).  Speakers included keynote, Dr. Robert Wicks PsyD, Dr. Scott Morris MD, Shelly Beach and Wanda Sanchez.  They gave us valuable insights on how to strengthen our inner life in challenging times, understand the health care system and look at a biblical view of health as well as care giving and understanding PTSD.  Read on...  

New Program Coming August 2013: Journeying through Grief


People often receive a lot of care and attention immediately after a loved one dies. Within a few weeks the cards, visits and phone calls taper off. "Journeying through Grief" provides a simple, meaningful way to reach out to grieving persons throughout the first year after their loss.


The "Journeying through Grief" program was written and developed by Kenneth Haugk, founder of the Stephen Ministries. It consists of a series of four booklets that coincide with the stages of grief to be sent at certain times during the first year of grieving. Our program will include Haugk's series of four booklets, a Giver's Guide along with promotional materials and instructions on how to implement the program in your church.


Watch for announcements this summer when we kick off this program or contact your ERH Parish Health Ministry Coordinator.

Success Spotlight

Health Advocate Nurse & Celebrate Recovery Trainer,  Rev. Rhonda Johnson, BSN, RN



These days, most people's lives are incredibly busy, full, and complex.  If adequate support or resources (both internal and external) are lacking in a person's life, it can quickly become unbalanced.  For some people this lack of balance shows up in their work, and their career may suffer; for others, the lack of balance comes through in unhealthy choices, including addictions.  Read on...

Institute for Maturing Spirituality


ERH Parish Health Ministry is delighted to subscribe to a series of webinars through the Martin de Porres Center's Institute for Maturing Spirituality in Columbus, Ohio. The 2013 Spring/Summer series is geared toward faith communities, health centers, and senior residences. The subscription allows ERH Parish Health Ministry to bring live presentations with dynamic, nationally recognized speakers to our partnering churches in Greater Cincinnati. These seminars address topics of mind, body, spirit health and healing, and include such topics as, "Learning the Art of Inner Healing," "The Journey Through Grief," and, "Are We Too Old to Dream?"  


Reservations are required.  To register, contact Holli at 272-5555 ext. 4285 or    For more details on the upcoming programs, click here... 


Yellow Dot Kits Still Available! yellow dot


We are happy to announce that we received funding to purchase more Yellow Dot Kits for our partners!  The Yellow Dot program offers people with a chronic illness the security of knowing that their medical information; including their diagnoses, medications, allergies, doctor's name, hospital preference, etc. is available to paramedics and other EMS personnel in the event of an emergency with an automobile accident. This information is extremely helpful in assisting citizens in the "golden hour" of emergency care following a traffic accident when they may not be able to communicate their needs or medical information themselves. To get your kits, contact Jeanne Palcic at or (513) 272-5555 ext. 4223.



Dianne & Tom Robinson
Dianne and Tom Robinson, PHM supporters

Why I Give to ERH Parish Health Ministry...        

By Dianne Robinson, LPN, St. James of the Valley Catholic Church, Health and Wellness Ministry, Cincinnati.


"Being a caregiver all my adult life, I have always believed in whole person health and wellness including the physical, psychological, spiritual and social well being of people. ERH Parish Health Ministry has been an awesome gift to St. James of the Valley and to many other churches. I believe in it 150 percent! If it wasn't for Parish Health Ministry coming into churches, we wouldn't be able to reach as many people in so many meaningful ways." 

Highlight on Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards of Practice


Do you know the definition of "Faith Community Nursing" according to the Scope and Standards of Practice?

"Faith community nursing is the specialized practice of professional nursing that focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as well as on the promotion of wholistic health and prevention or minimization of illness within the context of a faith community."


Did you know?...

Effective 2012, the minimum foundation training requirement for Faith Community Nurses is 34 hours.


(Faith Community Nursing: Scope & Standards of Practice,

2nd Edition, ANA, 2012)

Spiritual Corner: When We Can't Disentangle Ourselves


There was a humpback whale in great distress just outside of the Golden Gate bridge in California.  The whale had become entangled in numerous crab nets and traps and was struggling for survival when a fisherman saw the whale and radioed for help.  The whale was getting weaker and failing fast.  Read on... 
Educational Opportunities 
  • Greater Cincinnati Parish Health Ministry Network Meetings
  • Greater Dayton Area Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministries Network Meeting
  • National Health Ministries Association Conference, Lake Tahoe, Nevada
  • Building Prevention with Faith: A Faith-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Toolkit
  • Parish/Faith Community Nurse Online Training Program (via University of  
    Southern Indiana)
  • Online Faith Community Nursing Course (via Kettering College)




In This Issue
RYS Conference
Journeying through Grief
Success Spotlight
Intstitute for Maturing Spirituality
Yellow Dot Program
Why I Give...
FCN Scope/Standards
Spiritual Corner
Educational Opportunities
Helpful Reources
Updates/Opportunities at ERH
Helpful Resources


The Retrouvaille program is a lifeline for troubled marriages 

NAMI is dedicated to improving lives affected by mental illness 

Celebrate Recovery is a bibilical & balanced approach to overcome hurts, habits and hang-ups 

The Music and Wellness Connection provides info on the pyschosocial benefits of music 

Future Life Now promotes the use of alternative therapies 

 The blog for Ann Voskamp, best-selling author of "One Thousand Gifts"

The Martin dePorres Center in Columbus offers educational opportunities to adults in the second half of life 

Get Up Montgomery County promotes healthy lifestyles with information, resources & free toolkits 


PHM Quick Links

Updates/Opportunities at ERH
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St. Paul Village currently has openings for new senior residents in our fully renovated, subsidized apartments.  St. Paul Village is located at 5515 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45227.  If interested, call (513) 272-1118. 


Volunteers needed for Meals on Wheels! Make a difference in a home-bound senior citizen's life. Deliver a meal once a week or once a month. 10:30-Noon, your choice, Tuesday-Friday. Various Greater Cincinnati neighborhoods. Pick up meals @ Deupree House in Hyde Park.  For more information, contact Susan at (513) 561-8150


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


Job Opportunities with ERH are posted on our website at


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