Your monthly update on resources and events to support the well-being of  people in your congregation and community.
November 2019
Welcome, Amy and Rochelle, Advocate Aurora's New Faith and Mental Health Program Specialists!
Amy McNicholas
Rochelle Johnson
Amy McNicholas and Rochelle Johnson will support and partner with faith-based communities in the Chicago region around issues of mental health. Click
here  to learn more about the education and experience Amy and Rochelle bring to their new roles.
New Resource Available 

"Generative Leadership: Releasing Life in a Turbulent World"
Written by the Sixth Barefoot Guide Writer's Collective.   This book is the fruit of 18 months of intense, lively collaboration by Rev. Kirsten Peachey and 22 other people from seven countries on five continents! It is not about heroic leadership but, quite the opposite, about leadership that works generatively with life. Download the free resource here.

Save the Date:  Thursday Jan. 30

"Convening at the Intersection of Trauma, Faith and Resilience to Connect, Learn, Heal and Serve"

Chicago Teacher's Union Foundation,  1901 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago

Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Iva Carruthers, a founding trustee and General Secretary of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Over three years, we have been learning about the intersection of faith, trauma, and resilience.  Come and celebrate the blossoming and blooming of our movement.
Connect with each other,
Learn together about concrete actions we can take to create trauma-responsive and healing-engaged congregations and communities, 
Heal and nourish our own spirits, and 
Prepare ourselves to model and lead transformation across our communities.

Register for this event here.

This month's bulletin insert focuses on

Bulletin Insert in  PDF Version
Bulletin Insert in  Word Version
Health Tip  PowerPoint Slide

Additional Bulletin Inserts
Inserts on many other health topics are available in our archive.   To get daily articles on a host of health topics  that come to you via email , subscribe to our Health eNews service

All Advocate Aurora Hospitals offer classes on health topics. Click here to find a class or event in Illinois.  Click here to find a class or event in Wisconsin. Select a Hospital/Medical Center and click on search to see what is being offered in your area.
Illinois Events

Webinar:  Engaging the Faith Community in Substance Use Prevention, Part 2
Tues., Nov. 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m. CST. Register here.
This second webinar in a two-part series, hosted by the SAMHSA funded Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network (PTTC) serving Region V, explores how faith institutions have the potential to reach people of all ages, economic levels, and ethnicities with substance use prevention efforts.

Risking Connection in Faith Communities
Thursday, Nov. 7 AND Friday, Nov. 8
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church
815 S. Washington St., Naperville
$50 registration fee includes all materials and meals for both days.
This two-day workshop covers key steps faith communities can take to foster trauma-responsive care, build resilience and hope for all.   Learn more and register here.

Mental Health First Aid Training
Saturday, Nov. 9
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
St. John United Church of Christ
4500 Prescott Ave., Lyons
This free training is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and substance use disorders. Register here

Mental Health First Aid Training
Sunday, Nov. 10 AND Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Wellness Center
3551 Highland Ave., Downers Grove
This eight-hour course teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance-use disorders. You must attend both sessions to receive a certificate. There is no cost for this workshop, but registration is required. Register and find more information here

Webinar: Navigating the Holiday Season: Supporting Families Experiencing Mental Illness
Tues., Nov. 12, 11:00 a.m. CST. Register  here
The holiday season presents multiple challenges for families experiencing mental illness. Join us for this webinar to increase your awareness of those challenges and consider ways that friends, family, and faith and community leaders can support and encourage these families through the holiday season.
Mental Health First Aid Training in Chicago
Monday, Nov. 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon,  Rainbow Park, 3111 E. 77th St. RSVP
Friday, Nov. 15, 9:30 a.m.-noon,  Palmer Park, 201 E. 111th St. RSVP.
Monday, Nov.  18, 9:30 a.m.-noon,  Grand Crossing, 7655 S. Ingleside Ave.  RSVP.
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Fernwood Park, 10436 S. Wallace St.  RSVP.

What's Jewish About BRCA?
Thursday, Nov. 14
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Morton Arboretum
4100 IL-53,  Lisle
Arm yourself with information and resources about hereditary cancers in the Jewish community at this panel program featuring: a genetic counselor, community member, psycho-social professional and oncologist. The free event is hosted by Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics. Register here

Support Teams 
Saturday, November 16
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m.
Advocate Trinity Hospital, Tri Room
2320 E. 93rd Street, Chicago
This informative and interactive workshop will give you the tools to develop and maintain a support team program in your congregation.   A Support Team is a group of volunteers working together to offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to individuals and families with health care concerns or other special needs.   Register Here.

7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1225 Dempster Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068
10th floor, Sasser Room
Oct. 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m ., Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn. Register here.
Nov. 1, 9:00 a.m.-noon , Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago. Register here.
Nov. 6, 9:00 a.m.-noon ,  Advocate Sherman Hospital, Elgin. Register here.
Nov. 11, 9:00 a.m.-noon , Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville. Register here.
Includes free health screenings, Medicare educational seminar and  "Reading Food Labels" seminar. Several top Medicare insurance carrier representatives will be available to answer questions about the many 2020 Medicare health insurance options available. In addition, numerous hospital and local community services will be participating and showcasing their services.

Second Tuesday of each month
7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
This is a monthly faith-based support group for people affected by issues related to mental health/mental illness. It is provided by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Cook County North Suburban (NAMI-CCNS).  Come join others to share stories of courage and challenge, patience and perseverance.  Questions? Call NAMI CCNS at 847-716-2252

Health Literacy: Community Conversations about Health/Charlas de Salud
Every Tuesday, 4:50 to 5:30 p.m.
Erie Family Health Center
2323 Grand Avenue, Waukegan
Mano a Mano is partnering with Erie HealthReach Clinic in Waukegan to provide free health education classes in Spanish to interested community members. Participants even get to try out some delicious (and healthy) recipes in Erie's instructional kitchen. Open to all community members.   For more information, call Mano a Mano 847-201-1521 or contact Astrid Martinez, Program Manager at .

Wisconsin Events
Active Shooter Presentation
Oct. 30,  6:00 p.m.
6680 N Teutonia Ave. Room- Little Theater, Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Police Department will be conducting this presentation for citizens, businesses and faith groups. Please RSVP to Officer Resnick or Geniesse at 414-935-7373 by Oct. 28.

Become an Evidence-Based Wellness Program Facilitator
The Milwaukee County Department on Aging is offering a unique opportunity to become a trained facilitator/leader in any of the following evidence-based health promotion programs: 
  • Healthy Living with Chronic Pain
  • Healthy Living with Diabetes (including Spanish version: Vivir Saludable con Diabetes), 
  • Living Well with Chronic Conditions (including Spanish version: Tomando Control de Su Salud), 
  • Stepping On
  • Powerful Tools for Caregivers.
The facilitator training schedule can be found at the Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging's website.

Resources and Programs resourcesandprograms

WRAP Facilitator Training
The Wellness Recovery Action Plan®, or WRAP®, is an evidence-based system that is used worldwide by people who are dealing with mental health and other kinds of health challenges, and by people who want to attain the highest possible level of wellness.   WRAP® Facilitator Training is for individuals ages 18 and older who will be facilitating WRAP® Classes. WRAP® Facilitator Training is offered twice a year in Illinois, and includes:
  • A single one-hour pre-training conference call for participants and their supervisors
  • Six, full-day (six-hour), on-site training sessions (once a week for six weeks)
  • One full-day (six-hour) Refresher
To learn more about facilitator trainer training, click here.   To search for WRAP classes, click here .

Clinical Pastoral Education Opportunities
Interested in enhancing your pastoral skills, discerning a vocational change, or meeting seminary, ordination and/or board-certified chaplaincy requirements? Advocate Aurora Health offers Clinical Pastoral Education programs in and between Green Bay, Wisconsin and Bloomington, Illinois in a range of contexts from inner city medical centers to rural community hospitals. Learn more.
Mental Health and Chaplaincy's Faith Community and Clergy Training videos
Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, a day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime.   Sadly, many veterans continue to be affected by the trauma they experienced known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Faith communities can help by providing education about PTSD and suicide prevention as well as finding ways to provide support to service members and their families.

Mental Health and Chaplaincy's Faith Community and Clergy Training videos are designed to help faith communities and clergy care for and support veterans and persons with emotional and mental health struggles. See links to the videos here.

Interfaith Veterans Day Resource
Mental Health Ministries has produced an interfaith Veterans Day resource that can be used as a bulletin insert or flyer. " Veterans Day: A Time to Remember and Support" is available to be downloaded in  English and in  Spanish.

CDC Update/Outbreak of Lung Illness Associated with Using E-cigarette Products
As of Oct. 1, 2019, 1,080 lung injury cases associated with using e-cigarette or vaping products have been reported to CDC from 48 states and one U.S. territory.  At this time, 16% of those patients are under 18 years old.  Learn more about the key facts for e-cigarette or vaping products and what CDC recommends  here.

FDA Warns Public to Stop Using THC-Containing Vaping Products-or Any Vaping Products Obtained Off the Street
Amid the 1,000+ recent reports of lung injuries associated with vaping products, the FDA warned the public that it should not use any vaping products containing THC, the primary psychoactive component of the cannabis plant.  Visit the FDA website for consumer updates on vaping illnesses.

Children at Risk During Flu Season
According to the CDC, children younger than five years of age - especially those younger than two-years-old - are at high risk of serious flu-related complications.  In his remarks launching the HHS Annual Flu Vaccination Campaign, HHS Secretary Azar said, "Illness occurs very quickly: 65 percent of reported flu deaths in children happen within seven days after symptom onset, 38 percent of deaths occur before being admitted to the hospital." Adding "of those children six months and older who died from the flu between 2010 and 2016, only 22 percent were fully vaccinated against flu."  Learn more on how to protect children during flu season here.

It's Flu Season! Get Protected
Find out where you can get a flu shot  here. Post this link in your newsletter or website and encourage your members to get protected from the flu.

Information including  Vaccines for Measles ,   Why Immunize? ,   Growing Up with Vaccines: What Should Parents Know?  may be found on the CDC's multisource website  Vaccines & Immunizations .

Find extensive resources here on ways to integrate faith and health to prevent flu.  Find more information and resources on flu immunization at our 
Health eNews site.

Come Alive! An Eight Session Program for a More Abundant Spiritual and Physical Life
Come Alive! is a new, evidence-based curriculum for Christian congregations that makes the connection between spiritual and physical well-being. Throughout this topical small group study, you will discover spiritual practices to strengthen your relationship with God, and proven ways to incorporate anti-inflammatory natural whole foods & activities to improve your health. Find more information here , or contact Angela Stephenson at
or 630-200-2533.

Raising Awareness of Diabetes Prevention in Communities--research study
This is an opportunity to take part in a training program to help you learn about and raise awareness of diabetes prevention in communities. The research is evaluating the effectiveness of the training program. Participants must be:
  • A community member focused on health related outreach and awareness
  • Adult (18-65 years old)
  • Female
  • Of African American/Black/African ancestry
  • Getting less than 150 minutes of weekly physical activity or overweight
Study location is UIC College of Nursing. Participants receive the following for taking part in the study: Program materials and up to $150 for completing full pre- and post-program evaluation.  Please call Dr. Laurie Quinn at 312-996-7906 for more information. Download the flyer.

Stroke Risk Assessment
Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable, and many of the risk factors are controllable. Take Advocate Aurora Health's online  Stroke Risk Assessment  to estimate your chance of experiencing one and learn about the ways you could minimize it.

For those approaching 65 years of age, Medicare is something that people should know about. Advocate Aurora Health is offering free seminars ideal for those turning 65 within 6 months; individuals over 65 who are still working and considering retirement; friends and family members who assist with Medicare decisions. These 60-minute presentations are free of charge and are offered at Advocate sites around the region. To reserve a seat, click here or call 1.800.3.Advocate (1.800.323.8622).

Resources on Mental Health and Addictions
There are many resources available to help understand and provide support for people with mental illness or substance use disorders. Find them here.

The Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: "Helping Faith-based and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities." Published by the Partnership Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives at the Department for Health and Human Services.

A new resource for faith leaders on suicide prevention and support.  Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During and After a Suicidal Crisis  

DHS Campaign to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a  Faith-Based and Community Toolkit developed by the  DHS Blue Campaign  and the DHS Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives, to raise awareness of human trafficking. The toolkit also equips faith leadership on how to respo nd to the needs of victims or those vulnerable to harm and how to build stronger partnerships with social service agencies, advocacy groups, and law enforcement in support of the whole community.  Learn more about other  DHS Blue Campaign Resources , including the  General Awareness Training Video .

Advocate Health Care Autism Treatment Program
Advocate's Autism Treatment Program uses a unique and highly successful treatment model that focuses on helping parents learn to interact successfully with their child with autism. The center offers extensive parent training; provides therapy for the child in a variety of settings including the home and center; collaborates with the child's special education program; and adapts services to meet the unique needs of each child and their family. The program is committed to making services available to all, especially those who may not be able to afford these kinds of treatment programs.   Learn more .

Stewards of Children Workshop for Adults
These evidence-based awareness and prevention multi-media workshops are for adults to become better aware about child sexual abuse and to learn steps to prevent abuse and protect children. Presented by Advocate Health Care's Childhood Trauma Treatment Program. Please see  flyer  for more information and to request a presentation.

Get Connected to God in Nature
Time spent in nature reduces stress, improves our health and fosters our spirits. The  Forest Preserve District of Cook County  or the Forest Preserve in your area is an incredible resource for free and inexpensive education and outdoor experience programs. 

Get your group into nature this Fall
Want to take a youth group camping? The Forest Preserve will help you prepare and provide the equipment for your outing! For free.  Want to host an event in a natural setting? They have beautiful facilities available at a low cost.  Want a program for your older adult group? They will help you plan it.  Want to take a group kayaking? They train group leaders on how to use the kayaks that can be loaned out and how to lead a group of kayakers, too. All instruction and equipment is provided for FREE!

Here are some other great resources
For more information, visit   or call 800-870-3666.

Learn to lead a kayaking excursion
Summer is on the way out, but there is still time to take your youth group on a kayaking excursion. Through the Forest Preserves' Greater Maywood Paddling Program, individuals are trained on kayaking, use and care of kayaking gear, and how to lead a trip on the Des Plaines River. Instruction and equipment are FREE and the Forest Preserve will loan out the equipment for FREE!

When you donate blood you support three lives. LifeSource is a great partner for blood drives. They will come out to your congregation at no cost to you with all the equipment and supplies. All you need to do is promote it and get people there. They prefer to have at least 25 people. For more information, contact Suzanne Hammer at 847-224-9203 or and she will get the ball rolling. 
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Follow-Up Care Just a Click Away

Actively engaging patients in their care remains a key driver in improving outcomes and lowering costs. Surgical patients can now use their smartphone to stay on track-and ask for help-before and after a procedure, all at the click of a button. GetWell Loop is a mobile app that offers easy, two-way communication, both to and from the surgeon's office. Advocate Aurora Health surgeons in Illinois use the tool to connect with their patients before surgery, during their inpatient stay and after discharge. During the first 90 days following discharge, when readmissions are most likely to occur, patients receive automated "check-in" text messages to see how they are recovering.
We hope you find this update helpful as you promote the health of your members and community. Please  contact us   if you have topics you'd like to see us address or if you have questions or concerns. 

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