Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change.

Meeting Notes
This page will give updates about meetings and activities we are involved with.  See below for what's going on at CUFHC!

Quarterly Liaison Meeting - April 4, 2017

The theme for the evening was "Seeing Clearly Your Health Ministry Vision."  The group enjoyed a meal and networking prior to the meeting start. We served black beans and rice, broiled chicken, salad and cupcakes for desert. 
Carolyn Swanson kicked off the meeting with a few encouraging words and prayer. 
Our first speakers, Lolita Dash Pitts and Yvette Reed talked about the free CHAMPS Program that offers medical insurance navigation and plugs people into community resources.CHAMPS is a partnership between Foundations for a Healthy St. Pete and  Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist Church. Both Lolita and Yvette are very enthusiastic and want to help folks and are willing to come to any of our churches and talk about the program.  CHAMPS is located at Mt. Zion Care Building   at 1906 9th Avenue S., St. Petersburg. 

Anna Marie Miles from the Pinellas County Consumer Protection Agency talked about all the services that her  agency offers. She brought lots of good information about scams and how to avoid people who are trying to take advantage of you. Rule #1: Never answer your phone. Let the message machine answer and if it is someone you WANT to talk with, call them back. Once your phone is answered the fact that you answered makes you a "live call" and the folks you don't want to talk with will keep calling!  The Consumer Action people are on hand to ask any questions and to be of help. They have a database where you can check to see if complaints have been filed against a contractor you are considering working with. 
Their website is located at http://www.pinellascounty.org/consumer/

and the phone number is 727-462-6200.

Anna Marie Miles

Andrea Rose, St. Anthony' s  Faith Community Nursing Program gave a recap of the January "Vision Board" session and  highlighted those who brought their boards to the meetings.  Some churches have taken the ideas that came from the meeting and created new projects. Andrea also encouraged everyone to go through the Congregational Health Promoters class which is offered by St. Anthony's to any of our churches at no cost. 

This is a six week program and upon completion you will receive a certificate of completion, a health ministry team pin,  and an invitiation to a yearly retreat.  The next program  begins April 11. Call Andrea at 727-825-1709.

Karen Davis-Pritchett joined us to speak about Empath Health and all of the resources it offers. Throughout the year, Alzheimer support groups are offered for African American families and caregivers. You can learn about Alzheimers and other forms of dementia, socialize, discuss local resources, and gain emotional support. These sessions are given at the South location, 3050 1st Avenue S., St. Petersburg. If  you would like more information, contact Cyrema Duncan at 727-259-2318  or Karen Davis-Pritchett at 727-773-7638. 

Karen Davis-Pritchett

Health Visionaries Workshop- January 14, 2017 

What better way to begin the new year than with a vision! That's just what we did the morning of Saturday, January 14 as our workshop kickoff for the CUFHC Martin Luther King Jr. Day Service Project. Our coordinator Carolyn Swanson opened up the conference and handed it over to emcee Cynthia Tomlin from Johns Hopkins Healthy Start program. Cynthia did a great job of keeping us on track all morning.   Karen Davis-Pritchett from Empath Health told us why we need a vision and Ronnell Montgomery from the  Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center explained how make a vision board, which everyone then proceeded to do for the church they represented.   Andrea Rose from St. Anthony's Faith Community Nursing Program talked about having and making a plan.  Susan Gilbert and Dianna King showed the CUFHC website (CUFHC.org)  and explained how the whole site can be used a a toolkit to plan events and to create health education  for the church parishioners.   Dianna went over the CUFHC toolkit and gave some very practical "how to" information.   It was a fun and  informative morning.  A continental breakfast was served with healthy choices of fruit and yogurt.  Several vendors were on hand to show speak with attendees about services they provide.  A big thank you to Empath Health for hosting the workshop. The facility was the best and we appreciate the  sponsorship!  Thanks also to the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project funders who made the  morning possible! 

Andrea Rose, St. Anthony's 

Karen Davis-Pritchett

Ronnell Montgomery 

Some great visionaries! 

A Fall Season of Health and Wellness - October 2016
Quarterly Meeting
Summertime and CUFHC is Hot About Health!   July 2016 Quarterly Meeting

The October 2016 Quarterly Meeting was held on October 4th at the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center. Our guest speaker was Eliana Aguilar from the Department of Health in Pinellas County who spoke to the group about the Florida Healthy Babies program, a collaborative statewide initiative to positively influence social determinants and reduce racial disparity in infant mortality.  While progress has been made is reducing the gap between infant mortally of white babies and black babies, the gap still exists.  Black babies in Pinellas County die before their first birthday at the rate of 2.5 times that of white babies. Ms. Aguilar encouraged the churches to get involved in helping to reduce this gap.  If your church is interested in finding out how they can do that, contact Ms. Aguilar at [email protected] (Pictured at left is Ray Hensley from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County's maternal and child health program and Carolyn Swanson, CUFHC Coordinator.)


Presentations were also made by Steering Committee Staff regarding the Organizational Chart for CUFHC and the overall planning that has been occurring over the summer months for 2017.  Ronnell Montgomery went over the organizational chart, Susan Gilbert explained the Strategic Plan and Rosalyn Connelly outlined the Membership and Recruitment efforts.
Click here
for Strategic Planning PowerPoint.


 

  The meeting was informative and liaisons were encouraged to step up and take on leadership tasks so that CUFHC can remain the viable organization it has always been in our community. If you are registered in joining the Steering Committee please contact Carolyn Swanson. Your participation is much appreciated!

July Quarterly Meeting Brings Summer Fun and Great Updates


The July 2016 Quarterly Meeting for CUFHC Liaisons was our annual "picnic" meeting, complete with BBQ chicken, coleslaw, baked beans and strawberry shortcake. After prayer and dinner, Dianna King started us off with a summary of the Steering Group meetings which have been occurring in recent weeks.New subcommittees have been developed to discuss planning for leadership responsibilities, recruitment of new members, strategic planning, funding, and increasing social media interest. These groups will continue to meet and report out at our October Quarterly meeting.

 Next up were three mini grant presentations by our churches who worked together this year to bring health education to the community.  Rock of Jesus and New Philadelphia put on a Free Healthy Food Fair on June 18. Lots of good tips about how to grow your own garden were given out and lots of fun activities that were also healthy got people moving! These included line dancing, zumba and yoga! Bay Care nurses were on hand to do health screenings.

Another mini grant collaboration involved three churches: 5th Avenue Church of Christ, Mt. Zion Primitive MBC and Mt. Pilgrim. This event was held on June 11 and was a Pharmacy Brown Bag featuring area pharmacists who spoke about taking medications properly, side effects of medications and holistic medications. There were 65 participants and everyone received folders with great information including a personal medication form to fill out and keep in your purse. Lottie Cuthbertson from 5th Ave COC also shared a health app that comes with the I-Phone where a list of medications can be filled out and then accessed by medical personnel in case of an emergency.  

The third group of mini grant presenters were Gwendolyn Felder and Rosalyn Connelly from Elim Seventh Day Adventist and 10th Street Church of God respectively.  Their grant produced two health literacy events, one on May 22 and one on June 16. The guest speaker at both was Erin Connelly, M.D. (shown at right)  who spoke to adults and youth about different medications, what they mean and how they affect folks. A PowerPoint was done of the sessions and given to Carolyn Swanson. Dr. Connelly took special time to interact with the youth attending the sessions.  She told them about how she prepared herself academically for a future that included med school. The youth were encouraged to submit questions and they did!  39 youth attended these sessions.


The community guest speaker for the evening was LaDonna Butler from the Pinellas Urban League. Ms. Butler talked about all the programs going on currently at the Urban League These include the Urban League's Moblie Screening Unit, Pre-Diabetes Education and Empowerment, and a Clergy Roundtable where local clergy meet and discuss health issues affecting their churches and how they can better work together to address those issues and Health workshops. Most of the programs, including the mobile screening unit, can be brought to churches so if you have at least six interested people, give the Urban League a call at 727- 327-2081.

The last part of the meeting was a feedback sessions where meeting attendees gave us good ideas for improving CUFHC.  Here are some of their ideas:

1. Support each other and go to each other's events
2. Use the website calendar to list your event and find out about other events. 
3. Use the CUFHC website forum or Facebook page to ask for help in planning your event.
4. Put your event on Facebook and share it with all your friends! A great way to get the word out!
5. Use the CUFHC Facebook page to post what's happening at your church!
6. Have a class on computer usage including social media.
7. Show everyone at the next meeting how to go to the CUFHC website on their phones.
10th Annual (and Final) Caregiver's Conference - March 19, 2016

The Churches United for Healthy Congregation’s 10th Annual Caregiver’s Conference, “The Many Faces of Caregiving” was held Saturday, March 19th at the All Children’s Education Conference Center in St. Petersburg.  The conference provides a morning away from caregiving responsibilities for those who look after others and gives them an opportunity to connect with resources in the community, as well as hear seasoned speakers who have also been caregivers.  The conference was opened by Ms. Lounell Britt, Executive Director of the Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center which houses the Churches for Healthy Congregations program.  Dr. Sandra Grosvenor, from St. Anthony’s Faith Community Nursing Program, was the emcee for this tenth and final conference, and she was also the emcee for the very first conference held in 2007.

 

As the main speaker, Linda O’Keefe Wood, ARNP, spoke on “The Many Faces of Caregiving.”  Ms. O’Keefe Wood is an ARNP at Bay Pines Veterans Hospital and has worked with caregivers for many years.  As part of the morning, the attendees participated in an Interactive Session where they were asked to draw the face of the person they cared for and then tell about their caregiving experience to the large group. 

Through sharing experiences, the group was able to come together in a spirit of connection that let everyone know they are not alone in the journey of caregiving.  Teralyn Hodge, retired teacher and community worker, ended the morning with her spirited talk on “I Get It- A Caregiver’s Perspective.”

Many community vendors were on hand to provided needed resources, including:  Alzheimer’s Association, Bay Pines Veteran Hospital, Children’s Home Kinship Care Program, City of St. Petersburg Healthy St. Pete Program, Empath Health, Healthy Start at All Children’s Hospital, Neighborly Care Network, Pinellas County Health Department, Pinellas Urban League, and Suncoast Center. 

 

 

 The St. Petersburg Chapter of the National Black Nurses Association and the Pinellas Technical College nursing students were also on hand to provide health screenings.  

The Conference was offered at no cost to attendees and provided breakfast and lunch. Sponsors were the Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Empath Health and the Healthy Start program at All Children’s Hospital.  Many thanks to Healthy Start at All Children's Hospital for providing the beautiful conference center for the event

 

January 2016 Workshop: Health Literacy 101: What's Up Doc?

The Annual CUFHC Workshop was held on January 16 at the Child's Park YMCA  and served as the kickoff for CUFHC's 2016 focus of health literacy.  Dr. Sandra Grosvenor and Mary Hunter from the St. Anthony's Faith Community Nursing program, were the main speakers, aided by Patti Carr who provided technical assistance. The Pinellas Technical College nursing students were also on hand to do health screenings.
It was a great morning with lots of good information that can help people have a more effective medical journey!    

January 2015 Workshop: A New Year, A New Outlook

Over 40 people got up early on Saturday morning January 15 to attend our annual workshop at the Sanderlin Center, After prayer and enjoying a delicious breakfast, we got to work!

Patti Carr, coordinator for the St. Anthony's Faith Based Community Nursing program got everyone "in the zone" as she reminded us which churches were in what zones by going around the room and asking folks to identify their church and their zone.  She encouraged everyone to collaborate in their zones to plan events together. Patti is on hand to provide support to church nursing ministries and will provide training.

 
Next up were Lounell Britt and Carolyn Swanson, who discussed "Let's Talk- When Your Ministry has Lost Its Pep," Several people shared how their ministries have retained their pep and made a difference. These included being trusted and well established and having church members ask advice, getting health and wellness to be a theme throughout the church through a culture change, incorporating a visiting ministry for shut ins, practicing what they preach and keeping important topics a the forefront such as HIV/AIDS, high blood pressure and weigh control. 

Susan Gilbert and Carolyn Swanson threw out several ideas on how to create a successful plan for 2015. They talked about having a mission and the importance of everyone knowing what it is.  By keeping your mission statement short and always having it at the meeting table, you can refer to it and stay on task.  Make goals that are realistic and reachable. Create a ministry calendar for the year. You can download one on the CUFHC website!  Just  go to the "Calendar" at the top menu and open the drop down box. It's there for you to download and print. Make sure to talk with your church leaders to garner their support. Network with other ministries in your church so they know what you are doing. Ask for help if you need to. Attend CUFHC meetings because they are full of good information and guest speakers willing to provide support. Use the CUFHC website which is also full of great information and lots of tools you can use.  Send information to Susan so she can post your events on the website.
always stay flexible and remember to pray for your ministry!

 Janie Johnson, RN spoke about Addressing Medical Emergencies in your church. Many churches have nurses on their health ministries but you don't have to be a nurse to be on a health ministry, you just have to be willing to be involved. A good health ministry is ready for an emergency and has people assigned to know what to do. Knowing what to do doesn't mean trying to find the nurse when someone is having an emergency. Many times it means someone with the wherewithal knowing to dial 911 quickly. Successful church ministries have people assigned to roles. Some churches have a section where their health folks sit. One church shared they have a sign they hold up that says "Emergency." Always have a health toolkit available for first aid. Don't forget the parking lot. someone could become ill or fall and no one would know. A quick check right before church starts is a good idea. 

The mini grant winners are as follows: 

Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist and Mt. Pilgrim- Mental Health Workshop- April 11
Elim 7th Day Adventist and 10th Street Church of God-Workshop for Youth- March 7
5th Avenue Church of Christ and Northwest Church of Christ- Youth Summit- March 21
Pentecostal Temple Church of God in Christ and Christ Gospel Church- A Diabetic Dinner - April 25

Congratulations to the awardees! We look forward to your events!


This smiling lady is Monique Whitaker and she is the Reach and Connect Coordinator for the Florida Department of Health's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Monique will be happy to come to your church and make a presentation about her program and what it has to offer the community. Just call 727-824-6900 extension 4465 or you can also call Monique on her cell phone at 727-266-7008. The Breast and Cervical program offers free screenings to uninsured women from ages 50-64 and if cancer is found, a medicaid program can pay for treatment.

 

 Ronnell Montgomery reminded everyone that Go Red Month is February and Go Red Day is the first Friday of the month. You can have a Go Red Sunday on any Sunday however. A sign up sheet was in the room for those who want to have a Go Red Sunday and receive materials.  Contact Ronnell at the Sanderlin Center if you are interested and missed the sign up sheet.

 

October 2014 Quarterly Meeting - Fall Forward with Healthy Strides!

"Fall Forward with Healthy Strides" was the theme of the October 2014 Quarterly Liaison Meeting held on Tuesday, October 7.  The evening was packed with great information and and speakers.  Many thanks to Amerigroup and Sherri Hoover for sponsoring a fantastic meal from Fresh Go Wild Market and Grill.

Ronnell Montgomery started the evening off telling the group about Celebrate You! This annual event is coming up on November 1 and this year it will be held at the Carillon Hilton!  From 9:00 am to 1:00 pm,  you will hear knowledgeable experts tell you about financial empowerment for women!  We all need to hear about that! Please register by October 24th-- call the Sanderlin Center at 727-321-9444.

Avis Carter, a dedicated volunteer with the American Cancer Society, brought us exciting and passionate news of the Relay for Life event to be held in South St. Petersburg. The event is planned for May 2, 2015. It will be held at Lakewood High School from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm. For those of you who have never participated in a Relay for Life event, it is not to be missed. It is truly a stirring and inspirational 12 hours!  All you need are 10 people to make up a team. The planning group meets Thursday, October 9 at the Wildwood Center at 6:00 pm. Feel free to attend!

Sherri Hoover from Amerigroup Real Solutions also spoke.  Amerigroup is a Medicaid HMO.  Sherri  is available to work with churches in sponsoring events. Amerigroup has a RV and a mobile medical unit that churches can use in their event for screenings. Many people in the community have Medicaid and because of law changes must now belong to a Medicaid HMO. Sherri's job is to be out in the community and help educate people. She is also available to speak at churches.  If you are interested in partnering with Sherri and Amerigroup, you can contact her at [email protected]

Joanna Reid from the United Way is a health navigator and educator, who also spoke briefly about options that people have under the Affordable Care Act.  Joanna is very knowledgeable about what is available for individuals and families who must now be insured or face fines.  There are many low cost and affordable plans that she can tell you about. Joanna is also available to work with churches and can be reached at [email protected]  or call 813-274-0984.

Gerri Costello from 211 Tampa Bay  told the group about the newly revised  211 website and how to navigate it. 211 Tampa Bay has a database for health and human services and also a crisis counseling service.  The website that houses the database has recently been updated and is now easier to navigate. Geri took the group to the website and showed everyone how to get to the information they need. 211 has been around Pinellas County for many years and is also a national initiative. It serves 283 million people nationwide, which is 90.6% of the population. To get to the 211 database for services in Pinellas County, go to  http://211connects.org/.

Other announcements:

The "Many Faces of Mental Health"  Conference is going to be held at the Pasadena Community Church on October 10. It is not too late to register. Cal 727-825-1709. There is no cost to attend this event. Sponsored by St. Anthony's Faith Based Community Nursing program.

The African American Health Forum will be held on November 1. The theme this year is "Changing the Community...Changing Lives."  The event is to be held at Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center.  Register by calling 727-459-3478.

A Crucial Catch Day will be held on October 25, 2014. The event will be from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. Attend to find how you can reduce your risk of getting breast cancer.  To pre-register call 1-888-MOFFITT and dial extension 5.

Valarie Lee,
from the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas was also hand to remind folks that women between the ages of 50 and 64 who cannot afford mammograms and cervical cancer screenings can apply to receive these tests at no cost at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.   The program provides no-cost breast and cervical cancer screening exams to women in that age group who are low income, uninsured or have insurance that doesn’t cover these screenings.

Mini Grant applications are now available from CUFHC due to a grant we received from the  Allegany Franciscan Ministries.  $500 mini grants are available to those churches wishing to partner together on a project. The application information and the application itself is available on the home page of this website.  Click here.

 Great meeting and thanks to all for attending! 

July 2014 Quarterly Meeting

   Our July "It's a CUFHC Summer Picnic" event drew 36 liaisons and guest speakers. The meal was an old fashioned barbeque with baked chicken, baked beans, cole slaw and corn on the cob.

Guest speakers included Cherrye Baker from Sistahs of Compassion cancer support group, Alfreda Brown and Cheryl Underwood from the  Next Stepp Center  and Dr. Diane Allen-Gipson from Moffitt Cancer Center.

Cherrye spoke with several survivors by her side and told us about all the wonderful support services the group provides to those with cancer and their families.  They pay bills and buy food and try to help in ways that other organizations do not. The group meets at the Dwight Jones Center, 1035 Burlington Avenue N., in St. Petersburg on the 4th Thursday of each month. They are looking for volunteers so please contact them at 727-362-8935 if you can help.  http://www.sistahsofcompassion.org/.

Alfreda Brown and Cheryl Underwood were on hand to tell the group about the Next Stepp Center which is the former St. Petersburg Pregnancy Center (next to the Johnnie Ruth Clarke Health Center). Believing that all life is precious they offer choices and support to those with unwanted pregnancies. Their services are confidential and free. They also provide support to the fathers involved. The center has a prenatal clinic on Tuesdays with two midwives on site that day. They hope to have ultrasound service soon. This group is also looking for volunteers. To learn more and to volunteer, go to the website: http://nextstepp.org/

Dr. Diane Allen-Gipson from Moffitt Center's Let's Start A Conversation project spoke about the study that is going on currently. The center is interested in talking with people about experiences, knowledge and attitudes of smoke free and smoking habits in their personal spaces (home or car.)  To participate you must smoke or live with someone who does. To learn more about the study or to be considered  as a candidate for participation, call 813-974-7225.

Carolyn announced that CUFHC has received a grant from Allegeny Franciscan Ministries.  This is very exciting news. Having this resource will help the group put on the Caregiver's Conference next year. 
The next quarterly liaison meeting will be October 7, 2014. Guest speaker will be 2-1-1 Tampa Bay.

 

Ronnell and Dianna explain how to 'like" and "share" and navigate our CUFHC Facebook page. If you are looking for our Facebook page, be sure and type in Churches United For Healthy Congregations. If you type on CUFHC, it will not come up.

April 2014 Quarterly Meeting - Body, Mind and Soul

\The Spring Quarterly meeting was all about looking after ourselves so that we can continue to look after others. This is not always an easy thing to do, but we had two interesting speakers to help us understand how important that message is! The evening's presenters were Valarie Lee from the Pinellas County Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening program and Kieran Gabel from the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program. 

As usual, we had a light dinner provided by CUFHC and everyone had a chance to do some networking and catching up before the presentations began.

Carolyn Swanson, CUFHC Coordinator, kicked off the evening with a welcome and then introduced the Reverend Jackie Shields who led the group in prayer.

Valarie Lee  told the group about the no cost breast and cervical screening program for the uninsured offered at the Health Department.  (This info is also on our web site on the In the News page) The program provides annual breast exams and mammograms, regular pap smears and further diagnostic tests that may be necessary. A flyer was given out with the information and the number to call to receive an application.  There is also a similar program offered at the Health Department for women 40-49 (Mammography Voucher Program) and that information was also given out to the group.

 Kieran Gabel, from the YMCA, spoke about an exciting  program she is involved with- the Diabetes Prevention Program. This program is geared toward those who have pre-diabetes and are at high risk to get Type 2 Diabetes. 79 million Americans fall into this category and many have no idea because there are no symptoms.  The program consists of a 16 week one hour course that provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and to increase physical activity. The program is held at the YMCA centers, but can be brought to groups if there is enough interest. The goal is to reduce body weight by 7% and increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week.  Only a 5% weight loss reduces the conversion percentage to full blown diabetes by 58%, so it is clear that weight loss plays a really important role in diabetes prevention. There is a cost for this program if you are not on Medicare or covered by insurance the program takes, but scholarships are also available for those who cannot afford to pay. Interested folks can contact Kieran at 727-895-9622, ext. 219. 

The next quarterly meeting will be Tuesday, July 1 at 6:00 pm at the Sanderlin Center.

Creating a Successful Health Event!- January 2014 Workshop

Thirty four liaisons from community churches gathered together  Saturday morning, January 25, 2014 for the  CUFHC Annual Workshop. Coordinator Carolyn Swanson made a delicious egg casserole for breakfast served prior to the meeting, which gave everyone a chance to network and catch up before the workshop began.  

Deborah Rivard, from St. Anthony's Faith Community Nursing program spoke to the group first and her topic was, "Why Have A Health Event?"  Deborah stated the goal of any event is to see the most amount of people in the smallest allowable space with the best utilization of resources.  She gave the liaisons lots of good pointers in planning for health events and also gave handouts of various health assessments to use at the event. She stressed that no one at any event should be given a negative screening result without a referral for follow up. . That means that event planners must be aware of resources in the community that can assist. She also stated that all screening equipment should be checked to insure they are in good working order so screening results are accurate.  Patti Carr, also from St. Anthony's Faith Based Community Nursing Program and its liaison to CUFHC churches, was on hand and is available to help churches who do not have nurses create health ministry teams.

 Ronnell Montgomery from the Sanderlin Center spoke about Getting Down to Specifics.  Ronnell is the co-chair  this year of the Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative's (TBHCC) Health and Wellness Committee and she is also incoming co-chair of the American Heart Association's Tampa Bay Go Red Initiative.  Ronnell recounted two successful health events she had planned recently and stressed that giving yourself plenty of time to think things through and carefully plan is very important.  She stated that frequent meetings are key, but meetings don't always have to be face to face. They can be through conference calls or even email. Ronnell stated that one successful tip in planning is to make sure everyone at the table knows their role. People do a better job when they are secure in their role and how they fit in.  A mix of "for profit" and "non profit" vendors is important.  The for profit vendors will gladly pay for space if they can advertise their product. These fees are a big help in funding your event.  Her take away message was be purposeful and plan!

 Dianna King, chairperson of the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center spoke on "Making it Happen.": Dianna urged the participants to stop and think at the very beginning of the planning process of who they wanted to attend their event. In other words who is the target audience? It is also critical to know what you want  the outcome to be in order to plan around that goal.  Make a commitment and follow through. Use incentives. Dianna also stated that decor for the event was very important and did not have to be expensive. Many favors and decorations can be bought at dollar stores for very little expense. Decor can be welcoming and engaging and can make a significant contribution to the success of your event. She showed the group several examples of decorations she has used.

Also represented were several nurses from the Black Nurses Association, St. Petersburg Chapter;  Chef John Saxton who has written a cookbook entitled Urban Cuisine on healthy soul food eating; Dorothy Herring Lee who spoke about the upcoming Relay for Life Event May 2, 2014; and Cynthia Glynn from the Pinellas County Health Department who talked about the new Women, Infant and Children's (WIC) program going over to an  EBT system beginning February 1, 2014.  Go Red Day is Friday, February 7, 2014. However churches are encouraged to have events highlighting heart health awareness throughout the month!  

 Mother Rucker, from Cornerstone House of Prayer,  brought several beautiful handmade pillows with the inscription, "Churches United for Healthy Congregations" as gifts for the group.  She is shown at left holding one. This was a lovely gesture on her part and very much appreciated by everyone at CUFHC. 

Making the Season of Fall A Time To Re-Energize Wellness - October 2013 Quarterly Meeting

 The Fall Quarterly meeting kicked off with prayer and a great meal from the Olive Garden -- salad, soup and breadsticks! Thanks to Carolyn for always feeding us so well!  Charlene Reedy from Kidz Club was first up with news about a great program for pediatric medical child care that is located in the old Winn Dixie at 3rd Avenue South and Dr. ML King Street.  Children who have a medical diagnosis and require nursing services/monitoring may be able to attend the Prescribed Pediatric Extended Care (PPEC) program at no cost. For more info, contact (727)821-5439. 

 It was great to see Monica Solomon from the American Diabetes Association back and this time she brought sidekick Andrew Robb.  They came to talk more about the churches having an "I Decide to Stop Diabetes Day"  this fall. An easy to read script was presented and the script can be modified to fit any population. Sample talking points were also provided. Interested churches will be working with Andrew and a response form was given to fill out and return to Andrew.  

  Susan Gilbert did a navigation session of the CUFHC website  which is located at CUFHC.org.  The website offers many tools and resources for health ministries to use to enhance their ministry work. Many links are provided to timely and credible health resources. The website offers information on upcoming local events,  health disparities, HIV/AIDS, women's health, men's health , teen health, links to great programs such as AHA's Start!, a walking program, Power to End Stroke, Go Red for Women and much, much more! 

 
Ronnell Montgo
mery provided attending  AHA representatives with a check, representing a portion of the proceeds that Ronnell's church,  Pinellas Community Church,  raised during their heart event this past summer,  "Heartbeat of a Woman."  The AHA representatives were thrilled to receive the check that was a total surprise! Pam Wiggins, Community Life Pastor at PCC,  attended to present the check.

 

Susanna Doyle of the American Heart Association spoke to the group about all the programs the Heart Association has for churches and ways to become more involved.  The AHA goal is to reduce deaths form heart attack and stroke by 20% by the year 2020. One way we can help them do that by being part of the AHA Passion Committee, which serves as the face of the Go Red Movement. Forms were given out for those interested to apply.


Celebrate You! is coming Saturday, November 2! This yearly event held at the Sanderlin Center is a fun and relaxing pamper fest for all women. Topics include "Redefining Stress for Your Life" and "Being a Diva on a Small Budget."  Slots are filling up, so register soon by calling (727) 321-9444.

 

The Heat is on for Total Health!- July 2013 Meeting

The Quarterly Liaison meeting for July 2013 centered around guest speakers from Moffitt Cancer Center and the American Diabetes Association. Carolyn Swanson welcomed everyone to the gathering and a lovely meal was enjoyed by all prior to the presentations. 

Swapomthi Govindara from Moffitt explained about the Colon Cancer Testing Study that Moffitt is conducting.  The study is entitled I-ACT Now and is geared toward African Americans from 50-75 years of age who have never had a colon cancer test done and who have not had a colonoscopy in the last ten years. This is a longitudinal study that lasts several years. The study is looking to recruit from African American churches. Interested parties may contact Ms. Govindara at 813-745-6244.

Monica Solomon from the American Diabetes Association, spoke about  Live Empowered, an initiative to reach out to the African American churches with diabetes education.  This is a very comprehensive program that is designed to integrate diabetes awareness messages into the fabric of the church and family. During worship the pastor or a designee devotes time to talk to the members about the seriousness of diabetes, the risk factors and what can be done to reduce risk. Churches are encouraged to have a Diabetes Day this fall to promote the awareness. Scripts are available that are full of talking points so that the participants have all the information right at their fingertips.  The program engages churches in a variety of year round activities that provide lessons to improve the health of those church members living with diabetes, their families and the greater community. Packets were given out to everyone attending with a request form that can be returned to get all the necessary materials.  

Cynthia Tomlin gave a report on the recent conference call held to discuss the Zones. Cynthia stated that during this call the following issues were discussed:

1) Responsiveness to information sent out needs to better. Make sure to always acknowledge that you have received information. 

2)  Each Zone group needs to have a way to reach everyone in the group. Email is great, but not everyone has it so make sure you have a way to communicate!

3) Provide opportunities for the Zones to meet on a regular basis.

4) Let the Zones meet briefly at the beginning of each liaison meeting so they can share with each other.

5)  Continue to spotlight a few churches at each meeting so the group can hear what others are doing.

6) It is recognized that churches will continue to have their own individual activities, but try to collaborate with churches in your zone when you can and even go outside your zone to collaborate. 

7) Use the CUFHC website to promote your activities. CUFHC.org.  There is a calendar, a forum for discussion, and a photo gallery.  Send information about an upcoming event to Susan at [email protected] and she will post for you under the In The News section of the website.

8) Liaisons need to re-dedicate their commitment to CUFHC. 

9) Have liaisons get together and visit one of the CUFHC churches on a Sunday. 

Ronnell Montgomery helped us look ahead  for planning purposes. She is going to be working closer with CUFHC in the future. She told the group about two events she was involved in recently.  Her work with the Tampa Bay Health Care Collaborative involved her in the planning for a Health Fair held at the Hilton last week. It was not your typical health fair because the vendors were not just the usual health providers, but an array of organizations with all kinds of services. The turnout was really good for this event, which Ronnell credits to the careful planning which was over six months. Ronnell's church, Pinellas Community Church, recently presented a highly successful event,  The Heartbeat of a Woman- Red Dress and Pearls Dinner, with over 70 participating women! See the photos in the Photo Gallery

Springing Forward with Healthy Choices- April 2013 Meeting

The April Liaison meeting began with networking, refreshments and prayer, then quickly moved to the guest speakers for the evening. Lolita Dash from the Center for Equal Health showed the group two video podcast testimonials from cancer survivors, both of whom urged people to get screened for cancer. Jim West, a prostate cancer survivor, was featured in one of the podcasts and also attended the meeting. The other testimonial was from Bentia Hayes, a breast cancer survivor.  Both testimonials were very moving and are just two example of the video podcasts on the Center for Equal Health Website.  

Katlyn Burke (Susan G. Komen) and Cheryl Clinton (Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer) spoke about "Pink Sunday,"  a Sunday usually held on Mother's Day to promote breast cancer awareness in churches. They gave some great ideas for easy ways to effectively  promote "Pink Sunday" and the churches were urged to sign up to have the event. CUFHC churches have participated in Pink Sunday for several years.


Carolyn Swanson  sumarized the feedback given at the last meeting regarding zones and how we can utilize the zone design to better work together. She encouraged those in the zones to offer assistance and to be responsive when fellow church folks reach out.  Collaborate! Collaborate! Collaborate!  Carolyn encouraged the liaisons to use the CUFHC website that is kept updated with excellent health resources and tools for health ministries.  It's also a great place to share information about what your church has been doing.

 

Ruby Hope gave out flyers for the Upcoming 2013 NAACP Health Summit, Coping with Chronic Disease and Conditions,  to be held at Bethel Community Baptist Church. The date for the conference is April 13 and will feature workshops, panelists, health screenings, and much more. Click here for flyer.  

Tying It All Together at the January 2013 Workshop

"Tying It all Together" was the theme for the annual workshop held on January 5, 2013. The session was kicked off by prayer and then a warm welcome by Lounell Britt, Executive Director of the James B. Sanderlin Center.  A round of introductions revealed that many new members attended and we were so happy to welcome them! During the introductions, folks told about ministry plans for 2013 and we found out about many talents, skills and resources! St. Anthony's Debbie Rivard from the Faith Based Community Nursing Program gave an overview of what her organization has to offer the churches. The Faith Based Nursing Program is on hand to support and help with resources for church health ministries. A new position has been filled by Patti Carr who will be working with churches who do not have a nurse in their health ministry.  An orientation will be held in the spring for the churches who do not have nurses so they can begin working with Patti.

 

Pastor Bell from 10th Street Church of God advised pastors to take care of themselves so they could continue to pastor for years to come. He is very supportive of his health ministry led by Rosalyn Connelly and allows her to speak to the congregation in worship service every third Sunday about health issues. He encouraged the liaisons to talk with their pastors about becoming more involved and make sure they give the pastor plenty of information! Pastor Hazley from Mt. Pilgrim also spoke to the group. He is also a great health ministry advocate and encouraged the liaisons to approach their pastors with how much they can do themselves because most pastors don't need another job. Pastor Hazley advised those whose pastors may not be too keen on the idea of a health ministry at first to be patient because building a ministry takes time.

Rosalyn Connelly, Dianna King,  and Dale Watson ran an interactive session on the collaborative Zones and how we are doing with them.  Rosalyn encouraged everyone not just to partner with other churches but to develop relationships and to be supportive. Dianna spoke about the current configuration of zone and asked the group how that was working for them. Dale talked about different barriers to successful zone work.  The bottom line is that most people would like to keep the zones but would like much better communication, a visible leader who can be contacted, responsiveness to requests,  and more information on the website about liaisons and how to contact them.

 

The participants enjoyed a healthy breakfast before the meeting began. Thanks to CUFHC Coordinator Carolyn Swanson and her Steering Team crew for putting it all together.  Happy New Year from CUFHC! 

Liaison Quarterly Meeting July 10, 2012

"Coming Into Full Bloom" was the theme for our latest quarterly meeting. The evening was chock full of great information from guest speakers!   After a healthy dinner consisting of salad, sliced turkey and ham, plus "sweet potato" chips, the group heard from several engaging speakers. Wynter Lumpkins (pictured at left) from Hospice told about her program, Faith in Action, as well as many helpful and free programs that Hospice offers to the community. Ayakao Watkins, from ASAP, passionately explained the need for churches to recognize the growing HIV/AIDS cases we have in the African American community and begin to address that concern by asking for speakers to come and talk with congregations and to also become testing sites. Sherrl Fry, from the Mammography Voucher Program explained the eligibility criteria for her program as well as another program she works closely with, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program at the Health Department. These two programs offer free mammograms to the community and also offer subsequent treatment if a cancer diagnosis is found after the free screening. Call 727-820-4117 for more information. 
Also on the agenda was Ronnell Montgomey  from the Sanderlin Center who spoke about the upcoming Shopping 4 A Cause spree on July 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm at Charming Charlies in Westshore Plaza to raise money for the Center. Sounds like lots of fun if you love accessorizing!  Ronnell also invited the group to join her on her weight loss journey as she begins her new blog on this website, entitled "25 by 45." Ronnell plans to lose 25 pounds by her birthday in November and she is going to blog about it all the way!  You can join in the discussion--watch for the blog coming soon!

Dale Watson, (pictured on right) Fatih Based Coordinator from the Communities Putting Prevention to Work (CPPW) program at the Health Department, introduced herself to the group in this new capacity. Lynnne Swain was the former Faith Based Coordinator for South County and she has moved into another position at the Health Department.  Dale, who was the North County Faith Based Coordinator will be assuming both North and South county responsibilities.   Pastor Anita James also spoke to the group about her work at Cornerstone House of Prayer with Pink Sunday.


If you would like to see more photos from the meeting, please go to the Photo Gallery

Teal Zone Gets Going on Health Challenge!

The Teal Zone met March 8th at the Sanderlin Center. Six churches were represented. The Teal Zone is planning a Get Smart! Fruit and Veggie Challenge.  Each church will hold its own challenge to congregants to select a goal to work on for three months.  During this time they will add fruits and veggies to their diet and exercise more. After three months of health education and support groups, all participating churches will come together in a healthy pot luck where the most delicious healthy dish will be judged and those completing their goals will be recognized. The challenge will begin on March 27 and run through June, 2011. Our next meeting will be April 19 at the Sanderlin Center at 6:00 PM. 

Liaison Quarterly Meeting July 12, 2011

The theme for our July meeting was "Keeping the Connections Afloat."  After a delicious, healthy meal, we broke into our Zones to discuss "lessons learned" from planning our recent Zone events.  Some events went very well; some not so well. However, everyone learned from honest discussion some helpful tips and what not to do next time! Evelyn Gardner then spoke to the entire group about "Staying Focused," Susan Gilbert addressed the group with "Keeping the Communication Active," and Carolyn Swanson talked about "Seeking Help When Needed." Dianna King wrapped up the evening encouraging everyone to use the CUFHC notebook as a tool for success!  It was a great evening and we are looking forward to our annual workshop in October!

Red Zone Health and Wellness Expo Planned for Saturday, June 25

Keeping Our Bodies Strong and Mobile for God’s Service

CHURCHES UNITED FOR HEALTHY CONGREGATIONS

RED ZONE COLLABORATING CHURCHES

Bethel AME · 10th Street Church Of God
New Congregational COG · New Faith Free Methodist
New Covenant Holiness · Unity Temple Of Truth
Mt. Zion Progressive Missionary Baptist

When:            Saturday, June 25, 2011

What time:     9:30 am · 1:30 pm

Where:           James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center
                        2335 – 22nd Avenue South
                        St. Petersburg, FL 33712

FOOD VENDORS WILL BE ON SITE!

Red Zone Meeting May 17, 2011

The Red Zone will meet on May 17 at 6:15 at the Sanderlin Center to finalize plans for its Health Fair on June  25. If you cannot attend, please send someone to represent your church. 

Blue Zone Plans Health Fair!

Healthy You, Healthy Family  and Healthy Community
5th Avenue Church of Christ

May 21, 2011
9:30 AM -1:30 PM

Contact: Ms Lottie Cuthbertson RN, MSN. Ed
727.804.3753
[email protected]gmail.com  
 

Blue Zone's Rock of Jesus Celebrates 3rd Annual Nurse's Day

When:  May 22, 2011 
Time:   11:00 A.M. Services
Where: Rock of Jesus Missionary Baptist Church
            3940 18th Avenue South
            St. Petersburg
Honoring Nurses of the Past and the Future.
A
ll nurses, student nurses, and those aspiring to become a nurse are welcome!!!!  

 

Teal Zone Plans Pot Luck for Get Smart! Fruit and Veggie Challenge


Sara Mann, Susan Gilbert, Carolyn Drzycinski, Jackie Shields and Katie Levy

Our second planning meeting was held at the Sanderlin center on April 19, 2011.
Attending: Christ Gospel (Katie Levy and Jackie Shields)
                 New Jerusalem  (Sara Mann)
                 St. Joseph's (Carolyn Drzycinski)
                 Trinity United Church of Christ (Susan Gilbert)
                 St. Anthony's (Debbie Rivard)

Everyone gave reports about how the Get Smart! Fruit and Veggie Challenge is going at their church.  Each church has participants in the challenge and are meeting as a group. 
Our tentative date for the Healthy Dish Pot Luck and Recognition Ceremony is Thursday, July 14.  The event will be held at Trinity United Church of Christ, 1150 49th Street N.
Each participant will bring their favorite healthy dish.  There will be judges and the judges we plan to ask are: Nan Jensen from the Pinellas Cooperative Extension Service,  Ann White from Hospice,  Sister Mary McNally from St. Anthony's and Carolyn Swanson from CUFHC.
The ribbons will go for 1) The People's  Award ( judged the best by all attending), 2) Most Nutritious, and 3) Most Colorful.   We can add other categories if anyone has any ideas.
Each person who brings a dish will also bring recipes to hand out for that dish.  Each person participating will make a dish to feed at least 10 people. 
Certificates of participation and for reaching stated goals will be given out. 
St. Anthony's has graciously offered to  provide incentives. 
By the next meeting, Tuesday, May 17, we need to know:
1) The kinds of dishes that people plan to bring.  We need to know this so we won't have a large number of one item. 
2) How many people from your church plan to attend. We need to know this to order the incentives.

Teal Zone Gets Going on Health Challenge!

The Teal Zone met March 8th at the Sanderlin Center. Six churches were represented. The Teal Zone is planning a Get Smart! Fruit and Veggie Challenge.  Each church will hold its own challenge to congregants to select a goal to work on for three months.  During this time they will add fruits and veggies to their diet and exercise more. After three months of health education and support groups, all participating churches will come together in a healthy pot luck where the most delicious healthy dish will be judged and those completing their goals will be recognized. The challenge will begin on March 27 and run through June, 2011. Our next meeting will be April 19 at the Sanderlin Center at 6:00 PM. 

St. Petersburg's New Health Initiative- Healthy St. Pete!

   When Florida’s 67 counties were ranked using the model developed by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pinellas County ranked 33rd in Health Outcomes, Quality of Life and Length of Life. It also showed that the leading causes of death in Pinellas County are chronic diseases, including cancer – most prevalently lung cancer – as well as heart disease.
   This data, and the information provided by our own Pinellas County Health Department, verified what many of us already suspected, or even knew: behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition and limited physical activity affect the health of our community. Income, neighborhood, gender and race also impact access to health care and affect health outcomes.
   These are outcomes that we can change by working together. To visit the Healthy St. Pete website and learn more about what the City and its partners are doing to resolve these issues, click here.

Distinctive Causes of Death By State


National Public Radio (NPR) recently profiled an analysis of mortality records that uncovered the most distinctive cause of death in each state. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, the flu. And in Nevada, it's "legal intervention." Click here to find out more.

Latest Obesity Map for United States


The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available at www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html. Three additional maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity for each state.

Check Out Our New Link-Drugwatch


Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive resource about dangerous side effects and complications from commonly prescribed drugs and oft-used medical devices. Their mission is to educate people about medications they take and the devices that are in their bodies and then to provide resources to help people evaluate whether they have a legal case because of life-changing side effects or complications. Drugwatch.com is updated constantly with new information about research breakthroughs, clinical trials, recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By making you aware of the risks of certain medications and medical devices, Drugwatch gives you a better chance for quality of life and survival. Go to the links page.

Know Someone Who Needs a Mammogram but Can't Afford One?


Many women who are not insured or "under-insured" forgo getting a mammogram due to the cost.  Pinellas County has two programs that are here to help!  Our Women's Heath page offers more information about no cost mammograms and where to get them.  Just click here to go to the Women's Health page and scroll down that page to Mammograms.

Home Visitation Programs in Pinellas


The Home Visiting Advisory Council of the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. has put together a two page summary sheet of all the home visitation programs in Pinellas. For those of you who work with expectant and new moms in your congregations, this is a very handy resource sheet.  Check it out on our Women's Health page!

Stroke Support Group

Whether you have suffered a stroke or care for someone who has, you are eligible to attend Northside Hospital's Stroke Support Group. The group which is facilitated by a registered nurse, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6006 49th Street N., St. Petersburg at 3:00 pm. For more information, call toll free 1-888-598-9586.

Issue Brief:Analysis of Obesity Rates By State


Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to a new analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The analysis used the state obesity rates released made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South. Florida came in at 26.6%.   More

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Check Out the Spirit Filled Walking Plan



Walk in Peace and improve your health with the Spirit Filled 12 Week Walking Plan.
This is a simple plan that you can use in your congregations to get folks moving. 
Click here to go to our "A Healthier You" section to see the plan.

Overwhelmed By Federal Grant Writing Requirements?


Then don't miss our new Links Page addition for aspiring grant writers!  HRSA has put out a technical assistance website to help you write that award winning grant application. Just click here and scroll to the end.

Free Health and Wellness Phamplets

 

Looking for some accurate and helpful health information to give out to your congregation? Go4Life at the National Institute on Aging has some for you....for free. Just click here to go to their website.

Educate Yourself! Don't Fall!


Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury, death, and disability for Floridians age 65 and over?  As a state that ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its residents who are elders, educating our seniors and their caregivers on how to prevent falls in homes and assisted living and medical facilities is vital to the safety of our population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one-third of all Americans age 65 and older will suffer a fall each year. Particularly disturbing is the CDC's estimate of 1,800 annual deaths among nursing home residents from fall-related injuries. The most recent Florida Department of Health data show that in 2009, 1,714 Florida seniors suffered fatal injuries and 42,754 others were hospitalized for nonfatal injuries from falls. Traumatic brain injuries were associated with 46 percent of the fall fatalities, while hip fractures related to 32 percent of deaths from falls.

Since the majority of falls occur within or around a place of residence, you can prevent a fall by providing some simple home modifications. Hallways and entrance ways need to be clear. Certain furniture arrangements are better than others. The telephone should be easily accessible for a fragile adult. Hazardous throw rugs can be removed.  An older or infirm person may benefit from a hand-held shower head, grab bars for the bathtub or better lighting.

Falls are a serious problem for our most vulnerable adults. Becoming educated on how to prevent them is the first step in protecting our seniors.  Click here for good tips on how to prevent falls.

2015-2016 Mini Grants

If you are interested in applying for a CUFHC Mini Grant for 2015-2016, please go to our "In The News" page to downlaod the application.

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Relay for Life


The American Cancer Society had a very successful Relay for Life event on Friday, April 27.   CUFHC churches were represented at the event and Carolyn Swanson, our CUFHC coordinator,  was on the planning committee.  Lots of fun, fundraising, and recognition of survivors and those who have lost their battle took place all night and into Saturday morning.  This was all for a wonderful cause:  to eradicate this terrible disease that has taken and affected the lives of so many of our loved ones.  Bless all of you who participated!
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In The News

Don't forget to check out In The News to find out the upcoming events and latest CUFHC news! 

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday, Nov 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Look What's New!

HIV/AIDS is a concern to the world and to the African American community. Check out our new HIV/AIDS page to see how you can help spread awareness about this disease that has affected so many lives.

Plan ahead! Check out the link on our Links Page to National Health Observances so you'll know well in advance what each month recognizes for health awareness. 

Check out In The News and Photo Gallery to see the latest events!

First Lady Micehelle Obama has issued a health challenge to all faith based communities! Learn more In the News.

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