• January Newsletter 2016

    This Month our meeting will be on Thursday January  14th from Noon to 2:00PM at KDNW- Radio Station, 1101 E. Central Entrance, Duluth (218-722-6700).  Bring a SACK Lunch dessert and beverages will be served.


    Commercial: Dr. Sarah Nelson; Consultant, Carlton-Cook-Lake-St Louis County Community Health Board and Kim Matteen: Consultant will introduce themselves and the current project around Diabetes.


    PROGRAM: Marjorie Johnson; Health Systems Manager/Primary Care/Midwest Division for the American Cancer Society will give us an update on requirements for cancer testing.



    From North: Take 53 into Duluth which turns into Central Entrance. After pass Mall area, continue East, after you pass through the stoplight at PECAN Ave, KDNW will be on your left in about ¼ of mile.  IF you have reached Mesaba Ave – you have gone too far.

    From South: Take the Mesaba Ave Exit when you get to Duluth. At the top of the hill, make a LEFT onto Central Entrance.  KDNW will be on your RIGHT within about ¼ mile.



    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. . . He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs3:5-6

    Remember those in prayer on their birthday – What a wonderful gift!

    5   Nyla Benedict                                               18 Darlene Christensen

    8   Norma Pust                                                  24 Kathy Janzig

    28 Lynne Kellerman

    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Mental Illness and other Chronic Diseases
    • Pray for wisdom in leading this health ministry in this New Year.



    Program Planning Helps: – – Just a Few suggestions, go to www.health.gov  OR www.nationalwellness.org           

    January 2016:

    Cervical Cancer Awareness Month:  www.nccc-online.org

    National Birth Defects Prevention Month:  www.marchofdimes.com

    National Blood Donor Month:  www.aabb.org

    National Glaucoma Awareness Month:  www.glaucoma.org


    American Heart Month: www.americanheart.org

    National Cancer Prevention Month: www.cancer.org

    Wise Health Consumer Month:  www.healthylife.com

    February 5: National Wear Red Day:  www.hearttruth.gov  or www.womenheart.org

    February 14-20 Random Acts of Kindness Week:  www.randomactsofkindness.org

    Feb 23- March 1: National Eating Disorders Awareness Week  www.nationaleatingdisorders.org


    Other resources that you can sign up for:

    Journal of Christian Nursing, National Institute of Health  www.nih.gov , www.healthfinder.gov/nho


    New Found and Shared Mental Health Resources:

    http://freshhope.us/  ,   http://wwwsaddlebackresources.com/products/hope-for-mental-health-starter-kit



    New Year Program Ideas for your adult groups? Contact Tania McVean at Bayshore: 218-727-8651. Tania came to our Sept meeting and provided us with the following topics:  Home Safety, Back Care and Safety, Cardiac Wellness, Advanced Directives, Staying Social, Fall Prevention to name a few. – – –


    Care Transition Program – –

    I hope you have had a chance to listen-in on the conference calls; there has been some good tips and info.  Remember, our St Luke’s Contact is Lois Opseth RN- Discharge Advocate in the Discharge Planning office 249-5699 OR lois.opseth@slhduluth.com, Outside beeper number 218-249-8020.  She has our Professional Listing. PHR forms are printed and available in the Case Manager office on 2W – (Just outside the 2W main doors)

    Our Contact at Mercy Hosp in Moose Lake is Donita Korpela 218-380-4916.


    Please take note of the Projects we have coming forward:

    1. With the Rural Aging Initiative Grant (Northland Foundation) – we are able to provide a Scholarship for Parish Nurse Preparation – Please pass this on!!

    Check out our NEW Website and LIKE our Facebook Page (Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association)

    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing.
    2. Our “Live Well at Home” grant from Dept. of Human Services for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools).Our November meeting was a training on the Screening Tool that you will be asked to report on each quarter. Please know that your participation will be very valuable in this grant process and education for our congregations. You will find a handy screening tool attached to this newsletter – make copies as you see fit.  I will also need a number of those that you have screened and any referrals made to agencies for care. See the Reporting Sheet as well.


    The purpose of the Live Well at Home Screening tool has many facets – but mainly it is to help keep seniors in their homes as long as possible, Preserve Personal Choice/control and encourage planning BEFORE a crisis hits.

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    January 14: Parish Nurse meeting at KDNW Radio Station – Duluth 12noon to 2pm

    January 26th: Preserving Dignity and Purpose in Later Life, a monthly series of 7 workshops/8:15am to

    11:30am at St Mary’s in Superior.  Those completing all workshops will be awarded a Certificate in

    Elder Care.  Contact Esther Gieschen at 715-394-8529 to register or more info. / conted@uwsuper.edu

    February 11th: Parish Nurse Meeting at First United Methodist Church- Linda Wiig hosting.

    February 2016– the next Parish Nurse Prep Course through Concordia (2/22-26/16)

    April 7-10:  Westberg Symposium in CHICAGO 2016 (Celebrating 30 years of Parish Nursing!)**

    Save the Date: October 20th 2016 – OUR 25th Anniversary Celebration! Greysolon Ballroom in Duluth.


    THRIVENT  Reminder:

    Are you a member of Thrivent Financial who is eligible to direct Choice Dollars?

    You and Your Choice Dollars recommendation can make a world of difference to OUR Organization. Look for Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association to direct your dollars. Go to Thrivent.com/thriventchoice to find us OR Call 800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” after

    the prompt.  Thank you to those who give so generously!

    Be sure to put this in your church bulletins to remind your congregates!

    Thank you to all those that have made contributions to our organization.  It is so appreciated.


    **Westberg Symposium!!If you are interested in OR plan on attending. I will be attending – and have reserved a ROOM at the Hotel that the conference will be held.  I have room for 2 to 3 more.  Let me know if you plan on attending. The Symposium is in Chicago-land area this year.

    Go to www.churchhealthcenter.org and click on Faith Community Nurses to register. If you are a Friend of the Center – you will NEED your ID number to get the reduced rate of $250 from $280 BEFORE Jan 12th!  This Symposium is celebrating the 30th Anniversary!  This year is our 25th!!



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    Health insurance open enrollment NOW through January 31st

    Some options available year-round.

    Do you know someone who doesn’t have health insurance?  Are you looking for a better option?  It is now open enrollment, which is a time for people to review, change, and/or renew their commercial health care coverage.  Open enrollment only runs through January 31st, so it is important to look into your options now.  There is free local assistance with the enrollment process; utilizing this assistance is encouraged!  The assisters, also called navigators, are located in trusted organizations throughout Duluth.  To connect with navigators near you, contact United Way 2-1-1 by dialing 2-1-1 (landline) or 1-800-543-7709 (mobile).  Walk-in assistance is also available at the downtown Duluth Library every Saturday from 10:30-1:30.

    Many people qualify for free or low-cost coverage and MNsure is the only place to get the subsidies to help offset the cost of monthly premiums.  Navigators will help you understand what you might qualify for.  And public program enrollment, which is medical assistance and MinnesotaCare, is not restricted to the open enrollment period; people can enroll in public programs year-round.  If you’re not insured, don’t wait, call now and find out about you options!


    Come, You People of the Promise

    Come, you people of the promise, sing for joy! The time is near! God, the covenant fulfilling, soon among us will appear! As proclaimed in prophet’s story, Christ will come in humble glory. God with us, Emmanuel!

    Long in darkness we have waited, through the shadows made our way, gloom and sorrow our companions as we longed for signs of day – great our need for hope and healing, some great light our God revealing – God with us, Emmanuel!

    God’s own Son shall dwell among us; shadows vanish in that light. Earth shall know his peace and justice: Christ who comes shall rule in might. Let our joy dispel all sadness: he who comes turns tears to gladness – God with us, Emmanuel!

    (Hymn #130 – Covenant Hymnal: Words based on Revelation21:24, Isaiah 9:2, Joy Patterson 1931 – , Music: Polish Carol)


    God’s Peace to you in this NEW YEAR

    Let our Joy dispel all sadness.

    Christ has come




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