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A program of Episcopal Retirement Homes Inc. 

Winter 2012  

In This Issue
Helpful Resources
Refresh Your Soul 2012
Success Story
Spiritual Corner
Care Transition Pilot Program

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Parish Health Ministry 
Episcopal Retirement Homes' Parish Health Ministry (PHM) program assists more than 75 congregations of various denominations throughout Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, and southeastern Ohio with developing or enhancing a parish nurse/health ministry. PHM provides partnering congregations with a variety of holistic activities, services and tools that focus on helping members live well. This newsletter is one of PHM's many services.


Episcopal Retirement Homes'
Parish Health Ministry
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
(513) 272-5555 ex. 4223
or (800) 835-5768
(513) 271-9648 (fax)


Volunteer Opportunities with ERH


ERH delivers about 75,000 meals on wheels a year to local neighborhoods like Madisonville, Hyde Park, Terrace Park,  downtown, etc.  We have a fabulous group of volunteers who on average have been with us for over 15 years.  The importance of the program goes beyond just delivering food as for many of our clients our drivers are the only social contact they might have all day and our folks take the time for a quick chat and to make sure all is well. 


We are looking for more volunteers to help with the neighborhood routes.  The commitment can be as little as 1 route per week for about 45 minutes all the way to every weekday  or just to be on the standby call list when we run short of drivers.


Current available routes:

Monday - Oakley, St Paul Village, Madisonville

Tuesday - Mt Washington-Cherry Grove

Wednesday - Madisonville

 Thursday - Mt Washington-Cherry Grove, Madisonville, Oakley, Hyde Park

Friday-St. Paul Village


For more information contact MOW coordinator Bridgett Biggs at 513-272-5555 x6628.


To make a donation to help support PHM, click on the parish health ministry link below and find the "CHARITABLE GIVING" tab on the right side of the page or call Maureen Gregory

(513)272-5555 ext. 4292.


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New Resources 

PHM Healthy Thoughts: 
Adult Vaccine Awareness
The newest addition to the Healthy Thoughts bulletin insert program is now available on our website. To download our newest insert on the topic of Adult Vaccine Awareness, visit the PHM home page.
Network Meetings  
To find out about a Faith Community Nurse/Health Ministry Network meeting in your area click here: scroll down and click on Upcoming Event Information.



Helpful Resources

  • ERH PHM has Shingles Toolkits available.  Contact your coordinator if you'd like one.
  • NAMI offers a very enlightening downloadable presentation addressing what mental illness is and it's impact and the role a faith community can play in supporting people with & caring for mental illness.  Both "Reaching Out to Faith Communities" and "Bridges of Hope" are available at
  • Manage your food budget and enjoy delicious dinner recipes at home. Menu plans based on weekly grocery store sales, seasonal discounts or diet preferences. Be meal-wise and money-wise with E-Mealz.
  • National Family Caregivers Association is a great resource to those caring for a loved one. for more information.

Keeping Your Guard Up


By: Peggy Slade-Sowders, LWSS


Financial fraud and exploitation of older Americans is on the rise. Older adults are often targeted for scams and high-pressure sales tactics because they generally have excellent credit, own their home and have a retirement nest egg. Often the scams go unreported by the victims as they may be too fearful, embarrassed or confused to report it.

It is important for family members to watch out for potential scams and exploitation. Some warning signs include: (read on...)



National Updates

and Resources


IPNRC Moves to Memphis! 

The International Parish Nurse Resource Center (IPNRC) has moved to the Church Health Center in Memphis. Rev. Scott Morris, M.D., is the Executive Director and Founder of the Church Health Center in Memphis, Tenn. For more information on the passion behind the move, click on the following link for a letter from Dr. Morris at 



For more information about the organizational transition of the IPNRC, contact Rev. Stacy Smith at


Visit IPNRC website at



Health Ministries Association, Inc.
P O Box 60042
Dayton, OH 45406



Register Now

Refresh Your Soul Conference 2012:

Spiritual Care in Times of Trial and Loss 


Friday & Saturday, March 9 & 10, 2012


Featuring: Douglas C. Smith, M.A., M.S., M.Div.


Friday evening:  I Could Die Laughing: Promoting Humor With the Sick and Dying


Saturday: Spiritual Care in Times of Trial and Loss


Location: Community of the Good Shepherd, Montgomery (Northern Cincinnati)   


Brochure available on our website 

To register online click here. 

If you have questions or would like to register over the phone call Ellen Schneider at

800-835-5768 X 4545



New Nurse Home Visit Manual


A new Faith Community Nurse Home Visitation Manual is now available on the PHM website. For a program outline and more information, visit the PHM website homepage.


Blood Pressure 


Parish Nursing and Outreach Food Pantry Come to Community's Rescue


The missioner and 27 congregants of Holy Trinity, Belmont County has led a huge leap in their town's capacity to respond to poverty, culminating in the joyful dedication of the ecumenical Our Daily Bread Center on Sept. 15.


150 people including clergy, politicians, townsfolk and TV crews, crowded the street to celebrate the ribbon cutting. Hear the story of how the extraordinary collaboration came together. 

Read on...


NAMI Flower 1

Spiritual Corner 

In this section of the Spiritual Corner we wanted to share ways that scripture and our spiritual perspective can influence our wellness. Being the time of year when Seasonal Affective Disorder is rearing its ugly head and the stresses of the holiday season may still be fresh in our minds, we wanted to shift our focus onto how our thoughts can affect our health. It was once said that "to change everything...simply change your attitude." The following scriptures speak of the wisdom of the power of our thoughts. 


 The Power of the Word


A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22


When a man is gloomy, everything seems to go wrong; when he is cheerful, everything seems right.

Proverbs 15:15


Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:25


You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it. Matthew 6:27


Help Congregation Members Manage their Chronic Illnesses

Chronic Disease Self Management Class is now available for Greater Cincinnati partnering churches.  Through the support and training provided by the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio, ERH Parish Health Ministry is offering a six week class on Chronic Disease Self Management or Diabetes Self Management.  It is based on a program developed by Stanford University and is showing much success in helping people manage their chronic illnesses such as arthritis, hypertension, depression, diabetes, etc. and to live a full and active life.   For more information on how to offer this class at your church, please contact Jeanne Palcic at or 513-272-5555 ext. 4223. 





Care Transitions and Parish Health Ministry Pilot Program

We are pleased to announce that we have thirteen churches participating in our pilot program in Care Transitions. Thanks to the following Parish Health Ministry Leads: Tami White, Marian Riestenberg, Pam Ward, Phyllis Armstrong, Mary Jeanne Feldkamp, Jill Allen, Laura Allton, Debbie Hess, Mary Beth Gibson, Rose Lindeman, Mary Ellyn Pusz, Ellen Schneider and Jeanne Palcic for their commitment to trial this program and share feedback on the process and outcomes. It is our hope that this pilot will help determine another meaningful way to serve seniors through the Parish Health Ministry.


As Care Transitions is quickly becoming a nationally recognized answer to some of the health care woes for seniors in our country, Medicare has awarded a federal grant to the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio along with its partners to provide Care Transitions to seniors admitted to the following Cincinnati hospitals: The Christ Hospital, University Hospital, Jewish Hospital, Mercy Fairfield, and Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio starting in 2012. For more information on this program, visit the Council on Aging website



Kindness Quotes and Holy Humor CD

Kindness Quote


For more information about this program or to obtain a copy of the CD, contact your ERH Parish Health Ministry Coordinator listed on our website.


CE Program

Greater Cincinnati PHM Network Meeting
Take Control of Your Health - Information for your Patients


Jan. 25

11:00am - 1:00pm

Location:ERH Corp Office - large conf room

3870 Virginia Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45227


Seating is limited! Please R.S.V.P. no later than

Friday Jan. 20, 2012.

View the flyer here or call Erin Schueler at 513-272-5555 x 4285 or for more information



CE Program

Greater Dayton Faith Community Nurses/Health Ministers Network

Bringing a Peaceful Resolve to Complex and Sensitive Senior Driving Issues


Feb. 16, 2012


Location:Cassano Community Health Center

For more information view the flyer or visit



Faith Community Nursing

Basic Preparation Course


15 week online course


Jan. 8 - April 22

Kettering Health Network Faith Community Nursing

For more information contact


Chris VanDenburgh, (937)395-8021  



The Frazzled Family
presented by Beech Acres

January 26, 2012

7 - 8 PM

Community of the Good Shepherd - Cincinnati 

Register in the parish office 



or 489-8815 ext 714





Save the Date
June 3-5, 2012

HMA Annual Meeting and Conference


Scarritt-Bennett Center

Nashville, TN





Faith Community Nursing


Scope & Standards of Practice

 2nd Edition, 2012 

 March 23 - Louisville, KY

8:30 - 3:30


March 24 - Middletown, OH

8:30 - 3:30


Sponsored by:   


 Good Samaritan Hospital, Health Ministries Program, Dayton, Ohio


Sharon Becker ~ 937-227-9452

Norton Healthcare Office of Church and Health Ministries, Louisville, Kentucky

Sharon Elsesser ~502-629-2700


St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Health Ministries Program, Northern Kentucky

Nashville, TN


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