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Three leaders in Faith Community offer webinar 2-3 p.m. EST August 22 for Nursing Professionals

On August 22, 2-3 p.m. EST, members of the nursing community will be offered a free webinar to learn about faith community nursing, the steps to becoming a faith community nurse and how to start a faith community nursing program in their own congregations from three of the most prominent voices in the practice.

The first-ever of its kind webinar, sponsored by IFLC and Gift of Life Michigan (GOLM), is especially geared towards nursing professionals.  The webinar is free and will count as one contact hour of training for those in the nursing profession and will be moderated by Michigan’s leaders in the concept. To register, contact Jasmine Jenkins at jjenkins.IFLC@gmail.com

Panelists include renowned Transcultural nurse Najah Bazzy, R.N., founder/CEO of Zaman International; Remonia Chapman, program director, Gift of Life Michigan Minority Organ Tissue Transplant Program; and Janet McElrath, R.N., BSN, MA, Faith Community Nursing Coordinator, Henry Ford Health System.
“Education and connection are core elements of the IFLC mission,” said IFLC President Raman Singh. “The. IFLC’s Healthcare Committee’s focus on Faith Community Nursing will help bring education both to health care providers as well as members of different religious communities . It is a wonderful intersection of faith and health.”
“Numerous studies have shown a positive correlation between spirituality and health, and faith community nursing also has a strong evidence basis spanning more than 30 years. Our webinar, to our knowledge, is the first to present this proven practice expanded in a cross-cultural way to all faiths beyond its Christian roots,” said Nancy Combs, chair of the Health and Healthcare Committee of the InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit and director of community health integration at Henry Ford Health System.

The Panelists

For more than 20 years, Najah Bazzy — the CEO of Zaman International, an Inkster-based nonprofit that helps single women and children pull themselves out of poverty and despair — has been helping families struggling to raise kids, take care of dying parents, family members or simply join the workforce to lift themselves out of poverty and find hope.

“ To educate the mind is a smart thing but to  educate the heart is a beautiful thing. Nurses are in the unique position of providing care for the  whole person but that requires that we enrich our whole person first. Each of us is a culture on to ourselves. We are not checkboxes or paper assessments. We need love, hope, care and competence. We all deserve this. We must all provide this. “ Najah Bazzy RN. Transcultural Nurse. Founder/CEO Zaman International.

Remonia  Chapman, Gift of Life Michigan, has spent more than 20 years dispelling myths and educating communities of color about the importance of organ and tissue donation by speaking at public events, networking with community leaders, supporting donor families and recipients, and rousting volunteers.

For the past eight years, Janet Banks-McElrath has served the Henry Ford Health System as faith community nursing coordinator. She is responsible for outreach and recruitment of Faith Community Nurses(FCN) and Health Ministers. She also facilitates training and support for FCN Nurses and Health Ministers on the Faith Community Nursing & Health Ministry Network website and learning resources. 

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