Barb Powell

October Installment of Be a Voice Toolkit Focuses on Mental Health and Substance Use

By Barb Powell | October 13, 2020

The oft-times partnered issues of mental health and substance use can cause complex treatment challenges — and solutions — for CHHSM members. One example is making sure health care professionals assisting persons of color are trained in cultural competency so that they can help their clients with mental health and substance use problems that arise…

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UCAN Panel Discussion Examines Cultural Solidarity Between African-American and Latinx Communities

By Barb Powell | October 8, 2020

One of the ways in which systemic racism will be dismantled is through solidarity: between whites and persons of color, yes; but equally as important, between African-American and Latinx communities. On Sept. 22, UCC-related UCAN in Chicago and Organic Oneness — a grassroots social justice organization based out of Chicago and Minneapolis — hosted A…

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The Discipleship of Anti-Racism: CHHSM’s New Anti-Racism Center Lifts Up Resources for Action and Reflection

By Barb Powell | October 8, 2020
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As part of its recommitment to dismantle white supremacy, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has updated its website to include a new Anti-Racism Center. The creation of the center is one of many actions to be taken as a follow-up to the Pandemic of Systemic Racism statement released by CHHSM board…

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‘Understanding Historical Trauma’ Workshop Helps Open the Door to Discussion and Healing

By Barb Powell | October 7, 2020

When Niquanna Barnett, in-home family therapist and intake specialist at UCC-related Orion Family Services in Madison, Wis., developed the workshop “Understanding Historical Trauma: How to Heal and Move Forward” and presented it at the CHHSM Annual Gathering in Memphis this past March, she knew it wasn’t going to be a one-time event. She had plans…

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Virtual Annual Gathering to Include Workshops, Speakers, and More

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has announced that its 2021 83rd Annual Gathering is going virtual. The meeting, centering around the theme, “Together in Hope,” will be held online March 2-4, 2021. “In the face of loss and violence as a result of the two pandemics currently affecting our country —…

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Bethany Children’s Home Staff Members Pull Together to Create School-like Atmosphere for Students

By Barb Powell | October 6, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting all aspects of social interaction and activities, many local school districts had difficulty developing safe plans for the new school year. Agencies serving children and youth — including several CHHSM members — felt the impact of that uncertainty. In the Womelsdorf, Pa., area, the local school district finished its virtual…

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St. John’s Community Care Helps Start PIN Sticker Program to Assist Persons with Communication Barriers

By Barb Powell | October 5, 2020

Thanks to UCC-related St. John’s Community Care — based in Collinsville, Ill. — and the Madison County Elder Resources TRIAD program, a free new program is available to residents of the local Madison County that will help police officers appropriately respond and assist persons with communication impairments. The PIN (Potentially Impaired or Nonverbal Person) Sticker…

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New Braunfels, Texas, Heads to the Drive-In to Benefit EdenHill Communities

By Barb Powell | October 3, 2020

An old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” For UCC-related EdenHill Communities, a life plan community in New Braunfels, Texas, the adage has particular meaning, thanks to a new twist on an old idea. Earlier this year, EdenHill’s second annual “A Night in New Old Braunfels” — a fundraiser that benefits the CHHSM…

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Proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR) Withdrawn

By Barb Powell | September 21, 2020

Thanks to pressure from health and human service nonprofit organizations, including CHHSM, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Sept. 14 that it will not move forward with the proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR). If finalized, MFAR would have jeopardized key nursing home financing policies, including life plan community provider tax exemptions and…

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September Be A Voice Advocacy Toolkit Focuses on Health Care Access

By Barb Powell | September 10, 2020

In the quest to provide medical and community health services in their local areas, many CHHSM members are on the front lines of helping people shut out of normal avenues to health care access. One example is Chicago, where UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health partners with other area faith-based organizations in the Avondale Faith and Health…

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