It has been a busy summer and fall for ERS Parish Health Ministry.  We have been active with planning Refresh Your Soul 2017; creating the Fall Prevention program; hosting volunteer recognition activities; offering Mental Health First Aid classes and much more. This issue of the newsletter is intended to give you a quick update on those programs as well as some others.

God bless you,
Jeanne Palcic MGS, RN
ERS Parish Health Ministry

October 31, 2016

Refresh Your Soul Conference 2017 - Save the Date! 

Episcopal Retirement Services' Parish Health Ministry (PHM) and Xavier University present two days devoted to dementia care...

Day One:  Monday, March 13, 2017
PHM Refresh Your Soul Conference -  Alzheimer's & Dementia: Overcoming the Struggles & Living Inspired
Day Two:  Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Xavier Dementia Care Summit 

For more information about this amazing event, click here.  
To download a printable flyer, click here.

Blood Pressure Program - Updates

In 2003, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) published the JNC 7 Report and continues to list this report in its "Current Clinical Practice Guidelines and Reports" section of its website. We will continue to promote the use of this report and the recommendations of the NHLBI as the standard for our Parish Health Ministry Blood Pressure program. However, we have made updates to the recommendations and education sections of our manual.  

For more information or a copy of these two updated sections, please contact Rhonda Johnson at

For your free copy of the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute Report,  click here.

New Fall Prevention Program

"Stayin Healthy" Fall Prevention program is a compilation of National Fall Prevention educational information, programs and resources which are organized to assist our partners as they educate older adults and their caregivers about fall prevention. The program folder contains an overview sheet, free resources from the National Institute on Aging, and a flash drive (with instructions) containing the program's many resources. 
For more information or to request the program folder, contact your coordinator: 
Jeanne Palcic at or (513) 979-2238
Rhonda Johnson at or (513) 267-0865
Mary Ellyn Pusz at or (304) 242-1415

Faith Community Nursing
Scope and Standards of Practice, Third Edition
Coming Soon!

The Faith Community Nursing, Scope and Standards of Practice, 2nd Edition, is currently being revised.  The Health Ministries Association (HMA) is in its final stage of editing this document. The HMA website says the Third Edition should be available in January 2017. Those of us working or volunteering in the role of a Faith Community Nurse in our churches or communities will want to purchase and read these updated standards. 

When available, the revised Scope and Standards can be purchased at the following websites:  Health Ministries Association or
Mental Health First Aid

We are pleased to report that we hosted the Mental Health First Aid class in Cincinnati, Dayton and Columbus this year.  Many thanks goes out to the following partners on this project:  The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio, St. Paul Village and ERS, The Health Ministries Program of Good Samaritan Hospital of Dayton, St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Columbus and the ADAMHS Board of Montgomery County. 

For more information about Mental Health First Aid, 

For information on hosting the class at your church or organization, contact Rhonda Johnson at
3870 Virginia Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio  45227