ABOUT THE HEALTH MINISTRIES NETWORK
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Health Ministries Network (HMN) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) health advocacy corporation that initiates, develops and supports faith based health ministry in northwest Washington. Membership is open to anyone interested in advancing wellness and wholeness within our diverse communities of faith.
Continuing Education for health care professionals;
Resources to enhance health ministries;
Networking and information exchange; and
Connection with community and health care agencies.
Our Philosophy - The HMN philosophy emphasizes mind, body and spirit holistic health while respecting the principles of faith held by those we serve.
Our Focus - HMN assists and empowers people in our congregations to take charge of their health, especially those with limited access to healthcare services. In particular, we serve the elderly, children, families with limited resources and those with disabilities. Our ministries encompass all denominations, nationalities, races, creeds, lifestyles, color, gender and ages.
What is a Faith Community (or Parish) Nurse? - Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) are professional, registered nurses with an active Washington State license who serve clients in congregations and in the community at no cost to clients. FCNs are recognized by the American Nurses Association as nursing care specialists with a particular focus on the intentional care of the spirit. They promote disease prevention and holistic healing. FCNs have specialized skill in managing hospital to home transition.
What is a Health Minister? - Health Ministers (HMs) are persons of faith who volunteer to work in collaboration with the Faith Community Nurses, pastoral staff, or agencies to create comprehensive health programs that target health needs within a faith or community group.
Faith Community Nurses and Health Ministers work in partnership with churches, hospitals, social service agencies and the community. We are:
Health educators promoting wellness;
Health counselors advocating personal responsibility;
Teachers and coordinators of volunteers;
Referral agents and liaisons with community resources;
Integrators of faith and health;
Developers of support groups; and