Date: Monday, August 29, 2016
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm EST
FaithHealth: The Right Group Findings and Field Work
Elizabeth Mizelle, MPH, Director of Measurement, North Carolina Hospital Association
Gary Gunderson, Mdiv, DMin, VP of Faith Health, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC)
Teresa Cutts, PhD, Faculty, Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSOM), Winston-Salem
Jeremy Moseley, MPH, Director of Community Engagement, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, (WFBMC)
Renee Rutherford, RN, FaithHealth and Readmissions Coordinator, Wilkes Regional Medical Center, North Wilkesboro
Helen Milleson, BA, FaithHealth Navigator, Randolph FaithHealth, Randolph Hospital, Asheboro
Lisa Marisiddaiah, RN, BSN, FCN, Faith & Health Ministry Manager, CaroMont Health, Gastonia
Dean Carter, Mdiv, Chaplain and Coordinator, Dept. of Pastoral Care, Southeastern Regional Health Center, Lumberton
Beata Debinski, MHS, Data Analyst, Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSOM)
FaithHealth improves health by getting people to the right door at the right time, ready to be treated, not alone.
FaithHealth is dynamic partnerships between faith communities, health systems and other providers focused on improving health. The partnerships combine the caring strengths of congregations, the clinical expertise of health providers and a network of community resources. Partners are linked in a shared mission of healing.
FaithHealth staff, as well as volunteers from congregations and the community, offer health care ministries to anyone in their community who is in need. They provide support before, during and after hospitalization. They make home visits, provide emotional and spiritual support, and help with meals, transportation, medications and other needs. They also hold educational events on preventive health and wellness.
Providers such as Wake Forest Baptist Health offer Connectors and Supporters of Health who help congregational and community volunteers provide care and ensure that peoples’ needs are met during times of illness. They also provide congregations with educational resources aimed at improving health.
FaithHealth trains volunteers in respecting patients’ privacy, hospital visitation, care at the end of life, mental health care, home health care and other topics. Staff and volunteers help patients after a hospital stay — everything from making sure their medicines are taken in the right dosages and at the right time to connecting them with resources that might help them pay utility bills or rent.
What is FaithHealth in the community?
► Someone discovering that a patient keeps returning to the hospital because she can’t read.
► Four congregations working together to provide a patient with daily transportation to chemotherapy.
► A community leader helping start a community garden.
► A group of committed parishioners helping a church start a free health clinic.
► Someone who advocates to help a homeless person with a chronic condition find housing.
Participants will be able to: