Coming Together to Drive a Healthier Future

“Today is about coming together to gain common understanding and to celebrate the difference we collectively make in caring for the patients and communities we serve,” Fairview board chair and interim CEO Dave Murphy told attendees at the Fairview Association Annual Meeting held Tuesday, May 19.

For nearly 100 years, Fairview has partnered with faith communities to drive a healthier future.

Partnering to heal

The Lutheran congregations that helped found Fairview in 1906 continues to provide vital leadership and resources. The Fairview Association is the primary link to constituent Lutheran congregations that have sponsored Fairview throughout history. Currently, 78 Lutheran congregations are counted as partners in community care and governance. Those congregations represent 144,203 members, 163 clergy and 47 parish nurses who, together, supply community support through parish nurse programs, immunization clinics and community health education.

Improving the health of those we serve

In 2014, Fairview’s Community Health met with nearly all congregation partners to learn more about the work they are doing and how Fairview can support their efforts as they, too, work to improve the health of those they serve. Here are just a few of the ways we are working with faith partners:

  • Faith community nursing: The Fairview Foundation has given 11 start-up grants for parish nursing programs to help churches establish the role within their congregation. In addition, we work with parish nurses to provide educational opportunities, health care tools and other resources. Currently, 33 of the parishes we partner with have one or more nurses.
  • Health grants: In 2014, Fairview Community Health provided 24 partner churches with a $500 grant to host a health fair or health education event.
  • Honoring Choices: We train faith community leaders to inform and educate parishioners about the importance of completing an advance care directive. A total of 98 parish nurses as well as pastors and staff from 27 Association churches and African American faith partner churches have so far become trained Honoring Choices facilitators.

“We really see the faith community as a partner in preventive care. Our goal is to work together with these key community members in good faith and good health,” says Ann Ellison, Fairview community health director.

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