Information and resources to support the well-being of 
people in your congregation and community.
Faith and Health Partnerships
Partnering with people of faith to promote health and wellness.

September, 2019

We hope that you find these resources, programs and event announcements helpful to you 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 any questions or concerns. 

This month's Bulletin Insert focuses on:
Emergency Preparedness
Bulletin Insert in  PDF Version
Bulletin Insert in  Word Version
Health Tip Powerpoint Slide

Inserts on many health topics are available in our archive.

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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.

Flu Season is Getting Underway
Information including  Vaccines for Measles ,    Why Immunize? ,   Growing Up with VaccinesWhat 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.  F ind more information and resources on Flu Immunization at our 
Health eNews  site.

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.

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.

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).

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.
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'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.

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. 

Now is the time to get ready for Fall programming. 
  • 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!
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. 

Hope for the Journey
2nd Tuesday of each month
7:00 to 8:30 pm
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1225 Dempster Ave.
Park Ridge, IL 60068
10th floor, Sasser room
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? Go to, or call NAMI CCNS: 847-716-2252
Health Literacy: Community Conversations about Health/Charlas de Salud
Every Tuesday, 4:50 PM to 5:30 PM
Erie Family Health Center
2323 Grand Avenue, Waukegan, IL
Mano a Mano is partnering with Erie HealthReach Clinic in Waukega n, IL 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.  Free.
For more information, call Mano a Mano 847-201-1521 or contact Astrid Martinez, Program Manager at

The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) 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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 to 7:30 pm
St. John's Lutheran Church
1617 E. Emerson St.
Bloomington, IL
PRAY for the CURE™ is a special evening dedicated to prayer, praise and worship for cancer survivors, their families, friends and health care providers. The evening is also a time to pray for the researchers, labs and funding agents who are making the work towards a cure for breast cancer a priority. This year's guest speaker, Sonja Reece, will share, "Having Breast Cancer Three Times is Enough." Learn more here.

September 7 and 14, 2019. 
Concordia Place
3300 N. Whipple
Chicago, IL.
This is a 2-day workshop covering key steps faith communities of all religious traditions can take to create  foster trauma-responsive care and build resilience and hope in their members and neighborhoods. The workshop explores what trauma and resilience are and how these experiences affect us, the spiritual impact of trauma, how relationships are healing, the impact of vicarious trauma, and ways that congregations can be places of healing.  
Registration is $50 which covers breakfast, lunch and materials for both days.
For questions or scholarships contact Octavia Tyson at Octavia.Tyson@cityofchicago.orgRegister here.

Thursday, September 12, 2019
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Celebration from 5:00 pm to 7 pm
UIC Forum, Room 3803
725 W Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL
Hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health & the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, the summit will bring together EVERYONE from all sectors, communities, providers and faith groups to celebrate and create a vision to make Chicago a trauma-informed city! We will highlight efforts led by the communities, organizations and City government that make up the rich and resilient landscape of Chicago. Lastly, the summit will promote connection, sharing and provide input on a road-map to creating a resilient Chicago. Register here. 

WRAP: Wellness Recovery Action Plan Class
Wednesdays from September 11 to October 30, 2019
7:00 to 9:00 pm
Holy Family Church
Inverness, near Hoffman Estates
WRAP is an 8-week, evidence-based education program for people in recovery from mental illness who are l ooking for a personal self-directed guide to daily living.  Participants learn to create their own Individual Wellness Toolbox filled with simple, safe ideas to help them feel good, stay well and feel better, even when the going is difficult.   ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Call Al at NAMI Barrington,  847-496-1415. Must be at least 18 years old.  There is no charge for this valuable program.

Community Care & Counseling: Models for the Survival and Flourishing of Black and Brown People
September 13-14, 2019
Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
2121 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Black and Brown people experience disproportionate rates of unjust treatment throughout their lifetime. The 2019 CMHC conference confronts these social injustices and presents communal approaches to care and counseling to cultivate the survival and flourishing of Black and Brown people.  CEUs are available for mental health professionals.

Moral Injury: "Almost Sunrise" Film Screening and Pizza Party
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
1645 West Jackson Boulevard
Park Tavern Lobby Banquet Room
Chicago, IL 60612
The Road Home Program will be hosting a Pizza Party and film screening of the documentary "Almost Sunrise" followed by a moderated panel discussion about Moral Injury. The film features two veterans of the war in Iraq who decide to walk 2700 miles, taking 155 days to help them heal from the combat experiences that haunt them. Along the way, the two men raised awareness of the unrelenting pain of moral injury many veterans face and encouraged them to seek treatment. Find more information and register here.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
8:00 am to 1:00 pm
St. Mary's Lutheran Church
2001- 80th Street,
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Learn to keep your mind and body well as you age. This event has a special focus on depression, delirium and dementia.  Many resources and organizations will be at the fair and there will be presentations throughout the morning. A catered lunch will be available for $6.00 per person. Otherwise, the event is free. To register, call 262-857-5634 or visit and search using keywords "Healthy Aging." 

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Ned Brown Grove #26,
Busse Woods, Elk Grove Village
The Butterfly Run, Walk & Flutter is a fun, family-oriented event with children's activities, entertainers, music, and opportunities to remember and celebrate children who will be forever loved. The event is held to support families caring for seriously ill children and navigating the journey after a child's death. Bring the family to enjoy the run and the party in the park!
Faith communities can create a team or join Advocate Children's Hospital team. Find more information here.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
8:30 am to 12 noon
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago
1909 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL
Companionship is a way for faith communities of any religious tradition to develop caring responses to individuals experiencing mental illness or some other life challenge.   Companionship is a practice of presence in which we walk "side-by-side" each other and share the journey toward health and wholeness. This workshop introduces the model and provides an overview of the 5 key steps in Companionship. Register here.

Companionship Train-the-Trainer
Wednesday and Thursday, September 25 and 26, 2019
9 am to 5 pm both days
DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago
A "Train-the-Trainer" event is also being offered to prepare people to teach the Companionship program to others.  Participants attend the 3 hour introductory workshop (see above) and then complete an additional day and a half of classes to learn to present and teach the model.  You must apply to participate.  Apply soon, so you can secure the tuition for the training, complete the application, and obtain the needed reference form.  Apply here.

Community Forum: Chicago Cancer Health Equity Collaborative Navigating the Cancer Journey: With Resources for Early Detection to Survivorship
Friday, September 27, 2019
9 am to 2 pm
Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Ave.
Chicago, IL 
Presentations by researchers, caregivers, cancer survivors, students, health care providers and more. Information provided in English, Spanish and Cantonese. Lunch and transportation provided. Register here.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Compassion Baptist Church
2650 East 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60617
A half-day symposium as we discuss the topic of healing from trauma in the community. Learn the many ways that trauma affects our community and residents. Through a series of workshops, we will explore identifying signs of trauma, the different ways to cope with it, and how you can help a neighbor in need. Find more information and register here.

Saturday, September 28, 2019
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Waterford Banquet
933 S. Riverside Dr.
Elmhurst, IL  60126
American Muslim Health Professionals 15 year anniversary celebration. 
Rev. Bonnie Condon, Advocate Aurora Health Vice President for Community Health and Faith Outreach, moderates a panel exploring issues of health equity. L earn about AMHP's important work in the areas of professional development, community-based mental health initiatives, and healthcare advocacy. Find out more information and register.

Monday, October 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne, IN
This one-day event will provide practical approaches for addressing mental wellness and reducing stigma around mental illness. Hear from nationally recognized leaders, including Kay Warren of Saddleback Church and Warren Kinghorn of Duke Divinity School. Sponsored by The Lutheran Foundation. Register here.

Wednesday, October 9 and October 23, 2019
6:30 to 7:30 pm
This conference call provides an opportunity for c lergy and mental health care providers to come together for collaboration and consultation on mental health issues in congregations. Activities on the call will include:
  • Educational Resources
  • Case Presentations
  • Training Information
  • Peer Collaboration
  • Mental Health Referrals
The call will be facilitated by Rochelle Johnson, LCSW, MDiv, Program Specialist in Faith and Mental Health for Advocate Aurora Health. There is no charge for this program, but please contact Rochelle Johnson for more information and to RSVP at  630-929-5507 or  

Faith-Based Approaches to Cultivate Healthier Communities
30th Anniversary!
October 11 - 14, 2019
St. Elizabeth Training and  Education Center
3861 Olympic Blvd.
Erlanger, KY
A national gathering of Faith Community Nurses and others active in health ministries. Find out more here.

October 18-20, 2019
The University of Chicago
Gordon Center for Integrative Sciences
929 E 57th St
Chicago, IL 60637
This conference brings together diverse stakeholders to discuss mosque-based, patient-centered approaches to addressing the religious dimensions of mental, reproductive, and sexual health.   Learn more here.

October 20th - 22nd
San Diego, CA
The robust agenda of this event will bring together representatives from healthcare, community and faith based organizations, researchers, government leaders, educators and businesses to share best practices, offer community connections and resources and engage in the crucial discussion of how to best address the social determinants of health. Sponsored by the Root Cause Coalition. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, October 25, 2019
9:30 am to 3:00 pm
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 
Learn about Art of Hosting principles, patterns and processes that can inform and support us as we tackle complex issues in our work and communities. Gather to share stories and reflect on what we're learning and what's changing.  Find more information and register here.

Sunday, November 10 and Sunday, November 17, 2019
1:00 to 5:00 pm
Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital Wellness Center
3551 Highland Ave.
Downers Grove, IL
Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. This is an 8 hour workshop divided into two 4-hour sessions. 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


Advocate Aurora Health Expands Cancer Research

Aurora Health Care will continue to play a leading role in bringing innovative clinical trials to patients with cancer across Wisconsin and now Illinois with a recent $10 million, six-year grant from National Cancer Institute (NCI).
The recognition builds on Aurora's initial five-year NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) funding award and will allow Advocate Aurora Health to expand access to NCI clinical trials at more than 30 local cancer clinics throughout Wisconsin and Illinois.
"NCORP is a critical, federally funded program that allows our health system to bring cancer clinical trials to people in their own communities instead of restricting them to major research institutions," said Thomas Saphner, MD, Aurora Health Care co-principal investigator along with Michael Thompson, MD, PhD. "We're proud to have been selected to continue this important work as a partner of the National Cancer Institute."

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