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Advocate Aurora Health Charitable Care and Services Total for 2020 Exceeded $2.5 Billion

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 4, 2022

Advocate Aurora Health contributed over $2.5 billion in charitable care and services in 2020, a 16 percent increase over 2019. A November 2021 story reports that as the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the health system’s community health efforts shifted and transformed to meet the most urgent needs, while also remaining committed to its bedrock programs, such…

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Lisa Fichera, Phoebe Ministries COO, Retires After 43 Years of Service

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 4, 2022

Lisa Fichera, chief operating officer of Phoebe Ministries,based in Allentown, Pa., retired at the end of December after 43 years of dedicated service to the seniors of Eastern Pennsylvania. Fichera was hired in 1978 by Phoebe Ministries, known then as Phoebe Home. She started her career in an entry-level position in human resources, and later…

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Mental Health Leaders Urge Checking in with Ourselves and our Neighbors During Holiday Season and Beyond

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | January 3, 2022

The op-ed was co-written by Seven Counties Services/Bellewood & Brooklawn President & CEO Abby Drane, Minority Mental Health Project Founder Damon Cobble and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Executive Director Nancy Brooks. Reprinted with permission. Our community has been the epicenter of nationally recognized crises for the past two years. From the Covid-19 pandemic…

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Registration Opens this Week for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering, to be held in March 2022

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

Registration for CHHSM’s 84th Annual Gathering — to be held at the historic Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., March 8-10, 2022 — opens this week. Watch your email for the official announcement. This year’s Annual Gathering marks the first time a CHHSM corporate gathering has taken place in person since the COVID-19 pandemic caused stay-at-home…

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Creation of RDEI Standing Committee, Commitment to Anti-Bias and RDEI Training Highlight CHHSM Board’s November Meeting

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

An increased commitment to Race, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (RDEI) marked the recent meeting of the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Board, held Nov. 15-17 in Chicago. The meeting was the first in-person and Zoom hybrid meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic began, and was held at three Chicago-area CHHSM member sites: UCAN on…

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Inaugural Fellowship Proving Fruitful for UCC Fellow Essence Ellis and Her UCC Colleagues

By Barb Powell | December 13, 2021

In her first six months as the Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM)/Justice and Local Church Ministries (JLCM) UCC Fellow, Essence Ellis has attended meetings, networked with a variety of UCC people across the denomination, worked with experts from various CHHSM member organizations, and found the time to author articles and resources for…

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Nollau To You Experience Energizes Park’s Edge Preschool’s Staff

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) staff team recently facilitated a two-part Nollau To You leadership training seminar for the teachers and administrators at UCC-related Park’s Edge Preschool in Hales Corners, Wis. The two half-day workshops, held April 23 and Nov. 5, took place via Zoom, with the November workshop building…

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Resources Now Online for UCC Health and Human Service Sunday Resources, Jan. 30

By Barb Powell | December 8, 2021

The UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries recently released resources for Health and Human Service Sunday, which takes place Jan. 30, the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany. The resources include liturgical elements and prayers written by the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry, CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, along with suggested readings for the…

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Lake Prince Woods Receives Art-Inspired Grant Geared for People with Dementia and Similar Disorders

By CHHSM Staff | December 8, 2021

Lake Prince Woods — part of UCC-related EveryAge — announced in early October that it is the recipient of a grant valued at $3,500 through LeadingAge Virginia and Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art-making program founded by Dr. Elizabeth Lokon in 2007 for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of neurocognitive disorders.…

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St. John’s Community Care Awarded $50,000 Grant from AgeSmart

By CHHSM Staff | December 6, 2021

St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., recently was awarded a $50,000 grant from AgeSmart, a Fallon, Ill.-based organization that administers grants to nonprofit organizations serving older adults, caregivers, and grandparents raising grandchildren in Southwest Illinois. The grant will be used to underwrite three of St. John’s programs. “St. John’s Community Care is blessed to…

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