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Parker Center Symposium Focuses on Impact of Racism on Health and Well Being of Older Adults of Color

By Barb Powell | September 7, 2021

In an intense examination of systemic racism in health care among older adults of color, the Ruth Frost Parker Center for Abundant Aging’s “At the Intersection of Race and Age” symposium Aug. 27 created opportunities for change through greater understanding of the ways in which discrimination and bias affect health outcomes. Held virtually and in…

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Uplands Village Celebrates 100 Years of Service and Care

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | September 2, 2021

This story originally appeared on the Uplands’ website Aug. 15, 2021. It is reprinted here with permission. The last section is by Uplands resident Jean Nelson. On August 4, 1921, Elizabeth Fletcher and Dr. May Cravath Wharton rented a small two-story building that formerly served as a store to a local farmer. On the top…

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Dosia Carlson: A Long Life that Made a Difference

By Guest Contributor | September 1, 2021

By Barbara Brown Zikmund She was a young woman born in 1930 who wanted to become a missionary in China. However, after an encounter with polio, her life unfolded in new ways. She studied at Oberlin (Ohio) College, attended a seminary, was ordained, earned a doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and for 14 years…

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Advocate Aurora Health Joins Milwaukee Health Leaders to Boost Diverse Hiring and Purchasing

By CHHSM-Member Ministry Contribution | August 31, 2021

A group of eight healthcare and educational institutions, including UCC-related Advocate Aurora Health, announced Aug. 5 the launch of a new program aiming to significantly increase hiring and corporate spending in Milwaukee’s lowest-income ZIP codes. The Milwaukee Anchor Collaborative, comprised of major healthcare and educational institutions, has pledged to hire more people of color and…

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CHHSM Discussion Group to Delve into ‘Reason to Have Hope’ Course

By Barb Powell | August 24, 2021

CHHSM’s Reason to Have Hope: A Public Health Response to Racism course is the third offering of the Together We Learn Discussion Group program. The discussion on the multi-part, online, interactive, free course begins Sept. 14. “Reason to Have Hope was created as a resource for the UCC General Synod resolution — co-authored by CHHSM…

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St. John’s Community Care’s Berry Honored as Woman of Distinction by YWCA

By CHHSM Staff | August 23, 2021

Nancy Berry, executive director of St. John’s Community Care in Collinsville, Ill., has been nominated and selected as one of YWCA of Alton (Ill.)’s Women of Distinction. Berry was part of the class of 2020 honorees who were celebrated along with the 2021 selections at the end of August. Berry’s journey with St. John’s Community…

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Readinger to Retire in 2022; CHHSM Board to Begin Search in September

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Michael J. Readinger, president and CEO of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM), has announced that he will retire in April 2022. The CHHSM Board has retained the services of the Equius Group in order to conduct a thorough and diverse search for the position. “I cannot express…

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First-Ever CHHSM/UMA Webinar for Child, Youth, and Family Service Ministries Provides Inspiration, Practical Tools for the Future

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

Innovative tools for helping nonprofit outreach with children, youth and families were the focus of a first-ever joint webinar Aug. 11 from the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) and sister organization the United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA). “Building a Resilient Ministry” featured a keynote address by career…

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LifeSet Pilot Program at Hoyleton and UCAN Helping Youth Successfully Move into Adulthood

By Barb Powell | August 13, 2021

A three-year pilot program in Southern Illinois is helping CHHSM members meet the needs of youth in their care. Hoyleton Youth and Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill., and UCAN in Chicago are participating in LifeSet, an intensive hands-on, youth-driven approach to helping young people in the child welfare system transition into successful adulthood. LifeSet…

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UCAN Elects Christa Hamilton President and CEO

By CHHSM Staff | August 10, 2021

The UCAN Governing Board has elected Christa A. Hamilton as president and CEO of the 152-year-old youth services organization that provides a continuum of services to more than 21,000 children, youth and families around Chicago. Hamilton comes to UCAN from Centers for New Horizons on Chicago’s South Side where she has served as CEO since…

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