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. 
In this Newsletter

This month's Bulletin Insert focuses on:
Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Bulletin Insert in  PDF Version
Bulletin Insert in  Word Version
Health Tip  Powerpoint Slide

Additional Bulletin Inserts
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.

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 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. 

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!
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. 

illinoiseventsILLINOIS EVENTS

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

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. R egister 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.

October 4 and 5, 2019
Loyola University Medical Center
2160 S. 1st Ave.
Maywood, IL
Cook County Department of Public Health is hosting this two-day conference. Participants will learn about the benefits of plant-based eating and how to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet; find out about policy initiatives and programs that support making this lifestyle more of a cultural norm; and, hear an update on the Good Food Purchasing Program.  The conference also features Pre-Summit Urban Farm Tours, where two local urban farms in Maywood will share their story and how they support social and business enterprises that make a difference for local communities and residents. Check out the Agenda At-A-Glance.
Cost to attend is $25 and includes a networking reception on day one; a light continental breakfast and lunch on day two; and parking. You can click here to find additional information and register for the event. Questions? Email or call 708-633-8350.

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 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 for more information and to RSVP at  630-929-5507 or  

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.

Saturday, October 19, 2019
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Winnetka Congregational Church
725 Pine Street
Winnetka, IL
Winnetka Congregational Church is hosting Episcopal priest, author, and president and founder of Thistle Farms in Nashville for an interactive Tea and Talk, including firsthand testimony from Thistle Farm residents. The mission of Thistle Farms is to heal, empower, and employ female survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Becca is a 2016 CNN "Hero of the Year" and a White House "Champion of Change."

For more information, contact Jeffrey Phillips, Associate Pastor, at (847) 999-9403 or

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.

Thu, Nov 7, 2019 AND Fri, Nov 8, 2019
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Our Savior's Lutheran Church
815 S. Washington St
Naperville, IL
$50 registration fee includes all materials and meals for both days.
Risking Connection in Faith Communities is a 2-day workshop covering key steps faith communities can take to foster trauma-responsive care, build resilience & hope for all. This curriculum was developed by the Sidran Institute to equip faith leaders (clergy and lay) to build trauma-responsive congregational environments. It is an adaptation of an evidence-based training for clinicians that uses the RICH approach (Respect, Information, Connection and Hope), a relational framework and methodology that is grounded in perspectives from multiple religious traditions. Learn more 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

wisconsineventsWISCONSIN EVENTS

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 .

September 30-October 5, 2019
Mayor Barrett designated next week as the 6th annual Boys and Men of Color Week in Milwaukee. The theme of this year's week is "Moving Minds Forward" and aims to highlight the success, contribute solutions and address the challenges faced by boys and men of color. This event is free and open to the public, however registration is strongly encouraged. Register here.
MKE Fatherhood Initiative 
2019 Annual Fatherhood Summit
October 4 - October 5, 2019
Advocate Aurora Health is one of the sponsors for the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, the largest annual gathering of men in the state, drawing an average of 1,000 men each year. We bring together the Milwaukee community at these events to generate support for fathers. Since 2006, we have connected more than 12,000 fathers to services in the areas of employment, education, driver's license recovery, child support, health care and more. This year's theme is " Educating Fathers for Stronger Families."   Visit for more information.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Informational Luncheon on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
The Strong Baby Sanctuary Initiative assists faith communities in being a safe place for pregnant women, new mothers, fathers and families to get health-related support and information. As Strong Baby Sanctuaries, churches serve as a place where pregnant congregants and members of your neighborhood can connect to programs in your congregation and/or the greater community that can help lower stress, support wellness, and reduce the top two most preventable causes of infant death in Milwaukee, premature births and unsafe sleeping environments.  If you are interested in becoming a Strong Baby Sanctuary, we invite you to the Strong Baby Luncheon! See the invitation letter here. Please contact Penelope Stewart at or 414-465-4587 with questions.
Milwaukee Police Department's Active Shooter Training
October 30, 2019
6680 N Teutonia Ave. Room- Little Theater
Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee Police Department will be conducting an Active Shooter presentation on October 30th, 2019 @ 6pm @ The Milwaukee Police Academy. This is a great presentation being offered to citizens, businesses and faith groups and may be the only opportunity to offer this year. RSVP is requested.  Please RSVP to Officer Resnick or Geniesse at 414-935-7373 by Oct 28.

Sometimes Food is the Best Medicine

Access to fresh, affordable food is a key ingredient in the recipe to address social determinants of health-and in keeping the community healthy
In August 2018, Advocate launched an innovative pilot program, Healthy Living Food Farmacy, at Advocate Trinity Hospital to make a positive impact on patients facing socio-economic barriers to better health. Patients are invited to attend the bi-weekly events for a free dose of healthy food-making their selections from tables of assorted fresh produce and low-sodium, shelf-stable proteins.

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