Last week I had the good fortune of attending a Health Ministries Leadership Summit in San Francisco hosted by Health Ministries Association (HMA). The summit was an opportunity for national leaders whose work involves the intersection of faith and health to gather and network to formulate key strategies linked to the future development of the faith-health movement. About 75 individuals attended to contribute to this effort.
Much of the focus during the 2-day summit was on how Faith Community Nurses (or Parish Nurses) and congregational Health Ministers can be more effective in their work. Additionally, we talked about strategies to contribute to Health Care Reform and how to move our collective work forward. A White Paper is to be published later this year which will summarize the work that was done at the summit and help to chart a course forward for all those involved in this type of ministry.
Health Ministries Association (HMA) is a non-profit membership organization reaching out to transform the approach to wholeness and health. HMA encompasses all who support whole-person ministries and is recognized as the national professional membership organization for Faith Community Nurses. If you’re involved in a health-related ministry that supports a house of faith and are inclined to be involved with a professional organization, I’d encourage you to consider becoming a member of HMA.
More detailed information on the summit is at this press release.