• September 2015

    Welcome BACK!  A lot has been happening this summer with the grant dollars we have received.  This month our season Kick-Off meeting will be on Thursday September 10, 12:00 Noon to 2:30PM.  Marcia Heyser and Terrie Fossum will be out hosts. We will be meeting at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 4430 McCulloch in Duluth. (218-525-1967 church number) Marcia and Terrie will be providing a LUNCH for us this day as well and ONE CEU.

    Please try to make the effort throughout the year to attend the peer group meetings, when you are able; it is very encouraging to our wonderful hosts and guests. We have some great projects in place and hope and trust you will find them encouraging to your faith communities.

    Commercial:  Intro to Tania McVean – New Director of Marketing at Bayshore.

    PROGRAM:  Mandated Reporting Updates, presented by Rachel Johnson,

    Multidisciplinary Team/Outreach Coordinator at First Witness Child Advocacy Center


    From South: Take Hwy 35 North – into Duluth. Continue onto Hwy 61 (or London Rd) to 45th Ave East. Make a Left and go up the hill to McCulloch Street. The church will be on your Left.

    From Range: Take 53 into Duluth. Make a Left on Arrowhead Rd (by Menards) – Take Arrowhead to end (Woodland Ave). Make a Left on Woodland Ave; get into the Right hand lane and make a Right on Snively (first light). At the 4-way stop make a Right onto Glenwood Ave.;go to 45 Ave East.  Make a Right on 45th; coming down hill Church will be on your RIGHT at McCulloch Street.

    From North:  Take 61 South into Duluth, at 45th Ave East make a RIGHT and head up hill to McCulloch.



    “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!

    3   Cindy Salakka                      26 Rebecca May

    14 Winnie Gustafson                29 Marcia Heyser

    24 Terrie Fossum


    Keep in your prayers:

    • Pray for those that have this ministry on their hearts; to serve their faith community
    • Mary Ann Kult, McGregor – who retired from her position this summer after 17 years of service.
    • New opportunities our funding has provided for us.
    • Those with family members who suffer from Chronic Diseases including Mental Health


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


    Fruit and Veggies More Matters Month:  www.fruitsandveggiesmorematter.gov

    Healthy Aging Month: www.healthyaging.net

    Prostate Health Month:  www.pcf.org

    National Preparedness Month: www.redcross.org  and    www.ready.gov

    Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk – – Check local listings   www.alz.org

    Sept 7- 13:  Suicide Prevention week;   www.suicidology.org

    Sept 11:  National Day of Service and Remembrance:  www.911day.org/

    Sept. 23 – National Falls Prevention Day  www.ncoa.org

    Sept 26 – Oct 3: Active Aging Week   www.icaa.cc


    Alzheimer’s Association Walk Month – Duluth and Brainerd Walks in Sept   www.alz.org

    Health Literacy Month:  www.healthliteracymonth.org

    Healthy Lung Month:   American Lung Association     www.lungusa.org

    Domestic Violence Awareness Month:  www.nrcdv.org

    National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:  www.nationalbreastcancer.org

    National Liver Awareness Month: www.liverfoundation.org

    Oct 4-10:  National Mental Illness Awareness Weekwww.healthyminds.org  OR  www.nami.org/miaw

    Oct 10: World Mental Health Day.  www.wfmh.org

    Oct 18-24:  National  Health Education Week;   www.sophe.org/NHEW.cfm

    There are so many this month – –


    Other resources that you can sign up for:

    Journal of Christian Nursing, National Institute of Health  www.nih.gov , or for Health Observances (like those listed), go to:  www.healthfinder.gov/nho



    Some of you have had questions about food safety instruction in your church kitchens – here are 2 resources other parish nurses from our region use;     www.fsis.usda.org     AND



    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.

    After a full year:  8 Congregations have participated, 30 patients have been seen with 26 successfully completing 30 days without a readmit.    WOW! Think of the cost savings to our health care institutions.


    Special Thank you – 

    Generous Financial Donations were received from:

    First Lutheran in Buhl: in Honor of their After School Program

    Mark and Cynthia Schauer: in Memory of Anastasia Schauer RN,

    Goddaughter of Pam Franklin

    UPCOMING Events/Educational Opportunities:

    September 10: First PN Meeting for the next season – Lakeside Presbyterian Church

    Sept 12: Walk to End Alzheimer’s – DULUTH – Meet at DECC, walk is on the Lakewalk

    September 30: Victory Over Bullying – A Northland Summit to Explore Impact, Causes & Responses, Full

    Day Conference at UWS Check out website for more info:  www.uwsuper.edu/health or call Esther at


    Oct 6 & 7: Mental Health Community Event (evening 10/6) –On 10/7: Special Congregational

    component  ½ day (10/7)  – Will be held at the Inn on Lake Superior –  See below.

    Oct 15 & 16: St Louis County Health and Human Service Conference –

    www.stlouiscountymn.gov/hhsconference   for more info and registration information.

    Oct 16-17 : PN Renewal at Luther Sem in St Paul  – Speakers and Curriculum Updates (see below)

    Oct 20& 21: Covenant Faith Community Nurse Annual Retreat at Covenant Pines Bible Camp,

    McGregor. “Confidence in God’s Call”, (8 CEU’s) $60 more details contact Corrine at 651-356-6487.

    OR If interested in Carpooling – Contact Pam 722-5451

    Oct 21: The Longest Loss; Alz Disease and Dementia – St Mary’s Hospice – East Range – Will

    be held in Virginia, McMillan Auditorium – Noon to 4pm  – CEU’s available.

    Oct 22: Advance Care Planning-NE MN will be presenting Cathy Wurzer “Art of Dying/Living While Dying”.  $10 for CEU  – An evening Event watch for details as they develop.

    Oct 27: APNA Board Meeting at First Covenant.


    October  6&7 Mental Health Event –


    Did you know??? According to Rick Warren (Saddleback Church, CA) 65% of those seeking Mental Health counseling will search a faith community BEFORE entering the Health Care system!  Are YOU and your pastoral staff prepared??


    This event will be held during Mental Illness Awareness Week.  Please make plans to attend and bring your pastor(s) and lay leaders in preparation of being able to serve those with this type of chronic illness.

    We have generously been given grant from Miller Dwan Foundation and added funding from Merrill Lynch (Seih/Yung Group) to host our speakers.  Tuesday Evening will be for the general community as an awakening to mental illness and Wednesday will be specifically geared towards communities of faith.  Please Plan on attending and BRING your church staff/lay leaders as well.


    Oct 16-17 – Parish Nurse Renewal at Luther Seminary – Go to the Luther Sem Site to register.

    Cost increases after Sept 15th!  9.7 CEU’s



    November Spiritual Companion Series this year will be: Spiritual Friends and Companions on the Dementia Road – Exploring the importance of hospitality and companionship for the person living with dementia and their family and offering practical ideas to express spiritual companionship in a variety of settings    (All locations will be 8Am to Noon)

    November 17: Spiritual Companions Series in Virginia (watch for more info)

    November 18: Spiritual Companions Series in Grand Rapids (watch for more info)

    November 19: Spiritual Companion Series in Duluth (watch for more Info)

    God has put more pieces together than could be imagined – We received our Grant for Dementia Care in the Congregation – this will be a great “Companion” piece to helping those with dementia feel welcome.


    Bayshore Care Center – Speaking Engagements offered

    Tania McVean will be coming to the September meeting to introduce herself, Bayshore and also the presentations on Health Topics they can provide:  Dementia vs Alzheimer’s, Advanced Directives, When Do I need a Nursing Home/What at the Benefits.

    Bayshore is a long term health care facility located on Park Point in Duluth.


    Caregiver Consultation and Support:

    Kris Dwyer is available for caregiver consultation and support. Feel free to contact her by email or call:

       Dwyerk60@aol.com   OR   218-393-7003       Kris is also an excellent resource as well.


    St Louis County Public Health and Human Services Aging and Adult Disabilities:

    Support and Information is available to anyone 60 and older OR anyone who has been determined disabled. Services include information and assistance in accessing community resources, an individual evaluation to determine the need and eligibility for long term services and case management.

    Duluth Office:  218-726-2063 Aging and Adult Disabilities

    218-726-2101  Financial Assistance.

    Virginia Office:  218-471-7128 Human Services (ask for Aging and Adult Disabilities)

    218-471-7137  Financial Assistance


    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 Facebook Page – – Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association
    1. Transitions Coach program still ongoing.
    2. Upcoming Mental Health COMMUNITY and Church Event in OCTOBER 6 & 7. Grant dollars were received from Miller Dwan Foundation and assistance from Merrill Lynch to execute this educational piece for the community at large, our pastors and lay leaders.
    3. A grant was submitted to the “Live Well at Home – Dept of Human Services” for a Dementia and Communities of Faith (training and program tools) we DID receive this grant! Watch for program ideas and training this fall/winter. Please know that your participation will be very valuable in this grant process and education for our congregations. Some of your communities are working on ACT on Alzheimer’s – Be a part of the process when asked.


    Home Instead Offers some interesting topics for presentations. Amelia told me she can make any topic work in the time frame you have available – Just another option for speakers for your congregation this fall (or next year).  She can be reached at 218-727-8810  (Amelia Schooler – Community Service Representative for Home Instead Senior Care(


    –          The 40-70 rule is a program that helps adult children begin pro-active, positive conversations with their aging parent.

    –          The 50-50 rule is a program that offers practical support services to develop open discussions between adult siblings. It can help improve communication skills, develop teamwork, make decisions together and divide the workload in caring for aging parents.

    –          Making Home Safer for Seniors is a program that provides a home safety checklist to ensure an older adult’s home is safe from the pitfalls that could put them at risk for falls and injuries that can lead to hospitalizations and decline.

    –          Protecting Seniors from Fraud is a program that prepares family caregivers with a kit to protect seniors by informing them of the latest scams that target aging adults. It offers a variety of resources and tools to help their seniors avoid becoming a victim of these scams.

    –          Prevent Senior Hospitalizations addresses the issues of aging that can make seniors vulnerable to the potential risks of hospitalization such as infection.

    –          Too Close for Comfort is a program that helps adult children and their parents answer the question, “should we live together?” It also addresses the emotional, safety, and financial aspects of intergenerational living.


    Long Term -Financial Update:

    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.

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

    Many older adults experience concerns about falling and restrict their activities.  A Matter of Balance is an award-winning program from Boston University, designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels.

    Classes will be held once a week, at Lakeview Covenant Church, starting September 24th.  We will meet on Thursdays, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for 8 weeks, downstairs in room B34. (a $10 donation is suggested for materials.)

    Please call Penny Laberge at 218-525-6625, ext 123 if you are interested in attending.


    Bridge to Health Survey: Important to your Community

    In September, thousands of Northland households will receive the 2015 Bridge to Health Survey.  This survey, which has been conducted every five years since 1995, seeks to answer the all-important question “how healthy is the northland?”  The comprehensive survey includes questions related to physical and mental health, nutrition, exercise, tobacco and alcohol use, dental care, insurance coverage, access to care, and emergency preparedness.

    Area hospitals, clinics, public health, community organizations and others depend on the information collected in this survey to improve targeted health issues.

    It is vital that those who are randomly selected to receive the survey complete it.  Surveys will be mailed to residents in Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake, Koochiching, Pine, and St. Louis County in Minnesota and Douglas County, Wisconsin.  All survey responses are confidential.

    Over 60 health and community organizations in the region are working together to conduct the survey, including the APNA.       More information is available at bridgetohealthsurvey.org


    As you begin your new season in ministry – –


    May God’s Love Be Fixed Upon You

    May God’s love be fixed upon above you, overshadow you with grace; may God’s love stand firm beneath you, welcome you with glad embrace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love advance before you, vigilant of all your ways; may God’s love keep watch behind you, shielding you through all your days! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love be close beside you, qualify you for life’s race; may God’s love live deep within you, with assurance of his grace! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord with praise!

    May God’s love remain upon you, and your faithfulness repay, with a peace the world can’t give you, neither shall it take away! Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorify the Lord this day!

    (Covenant Hymn #669; words John Dalles, Music John Gross)



    If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to contact me,

    218- 310-0613 (Cell phone)    OR   218-722-5451 (First Covenant Church)


    Pam Franklin – Parish Nurse Coordinator/ Director

    Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association

    PO BOX 16328

    Duluth, MN 55816

    Parish Nurse Information from the International PN Resource Center:  www.parishnurses.org

    OR       ipnrc@churchhealthcenter.org   The Church Health Center is the home for the PN Center

    OUR NEW Website:  www.arrowheadparishnurses.org

    Like us on Facebook as well! Arrowhead Parish Nurse Association

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