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Bob Paeglow; This workshop is designed to be spiritually refreshing and encouraging for those growing weary or feeling burnt out. Drawing on many years of fighting the good fight of faith, Dr. Bob Paeglow, founder for Koinonia Primary Care in Albany, NY, will share testimony from his own life and ministry to illustrate principles that will help you to keep on keeping on. Rooted in Hebrews 12:2 "For the joy set before Him Jesus endured the cross", participants will experience insight in how to cultivate joy in their ministry.
2018 Conference - Stories from San Francisco: Finding God Speaking Through Patient Experiences and Unlikely Places
Clifford Lau; San Francisco City Impact Health & Wellness is a free clinic in the Tenderloin district of downtown San Francisco serving the city's homeless and marginally housed residents. Dr. Clifford Lau will share about their unique patient demographic and tailored healthcare delivery model. He will also share transparently about lessons learned through patient stories, clinical experiences, and the intersection of real life and healthcare ministry weaved through 3 themes: 1) Running ahead of God, 2) What is money? and 3) How to call it quits.
Kate Abraham, Calvin Gross, Rachel Reiss, Paul Abraham; The sin of idolatry is hard to ignore during medical school -- desiring the best education, the most knowledge, the best grades, entrance to a top residency program, popularity, respect, comfort. Praise Jesus that the Gospel offers so much more than that, and for the accountability that the Body of Christ (including the CCHF network!) provides. Come hear the stories of four very imperfect medical students as they pursue a perfect God and His commandment to make disciples of all nations.
2018 Conference - Immigrant Support at the Intersection of Health Care and Immigration Uncertainties: One Clinic's Response
Bryan Mierau; While we may not be able to "fix" the immigration challenges on a federal level, we all have the opportunity to advocate and act on a local level. Goshen, IN is a small town with a surprisingly large Hispanic community. Center for Healing & Hope, a Christian charitable clinic that serves this marginalized population, engaged in a collaborative process to offer and produce “Goshen Resident Identification Cards” (GRID) in response to the challenges that immigrants currently face. This session will utilize the 6 CCHF Principles of Christian Health Care to share the story of how this project came about, the initial implementation challenges, and current status of this project, in the Christian effort to create “community for all”.
2018 Conference - Oral Health Matters: Integrating Oral Health Education into the Practice of Medicine
Angel Gates; Oral health is an integral part of total body health. This session will discuss how to successfully transform one’s thinking to incorporate oral health education into the patient’s medical visit and into community health initiatives. This will be achieved by assisting non-medical staff with understanding the mouth/body connection, as well as, identifying the oral health determinants to optimal health. Attendees will leave confident in discussing oral health concerns, as well as initiating the appropriate oral health referrals for patients.
2018 Conference - Where’s the Evidence? Resources for Community-Level Interventions to Improve Health
Rachel Parrill, Carolyn Barnett; Healthcare providers are familiar with an evidence-based practice model which promotes clinical decision making based on empirical evidence and expert opinion. You are likely very familiar with resources which synthesize the best evidence for patient care, but where do you start when you want to reach outside the walls of your clinic? How do you know what works best to improve the health of neighborhoods and communities? In this session, we will explore two web-based resources which synthesize evidence-based approaches to improving population health.
"2018 Conference - Spiritual Disciplines: An Ancient Cure for Modern Ills. Evidence Based Approach to the Impact of Spirituality on Health"
Jonathan Wilson; Does modern medicine eliminate and ignore the place for spirituality and spiritual care? Is there evidence that spirituality, and Biblical spiritual disciplines in particular, has an affect on health outcomes? This session will first look at current evidence surrounding the effect of spirituality on health. The second half will provide some practical tools and practices that you as health care worker can employ and empower your patients to practice that will lead to true transformation of their health and their lives. This workshop is appropriate for providers and support staff at all levels.
Bruce Miller, James Brooks; In 1976 John Perkins began teaching a framework for ministry in low income communities known as the “Three R’s”: Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution. Are they still a valid framework for us to use today, 41 years later? We think so. In this workshop you will learn how we at Lawndale Christian Health Center still utilize the “Three R’s” as core values for guiding our work. Might the “Three R’s help your organization? This workshop will help you ponder creating core values and clear frameworks for creating an effective ministry.
Carol Gates; There are those in your church who genuinely want to do more to care for the poor, stranger, widow, and orphan, but they don’t understand what to do or where to start. This is the story of a program that has helped transform a suburban church in Western Michigan by helping them engage their vulnerable neighbors. Topics include the Biblical mandate to serve, racism, and helping without hurting. This presentation will lead you through a process that you can replicate it in your church. Study materials, resources and templates will be shared.
Walt Larimore; The increasingly stressful healthcare environment limits clinicians’ ability to provide whole-person care that considers the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual needs of those with chronic disabling illness. Spiritual care teams have been shown to help clinicians stay efficient and provide quality spiritual care at the same time in a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient, secular and faith-based care environments. In this seminar, the author of CMDA's popular Grace Prescriptions course will describe an exciting way for Christian health professionals to form teams to provide whole-person care in most any healthcare environment and the capacity to increase the quality of patient care.