New Staff Position, Task Force to Guide CHHSM’s Increased Advocacy Work

By Barb Powell | July 2, 2019

As part of the UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries’ increased emphasis on advocating for those it serves, CHHSM today announced it will be hiring an Associate for Advocacy and Leadership Development. The position, to be filled later this year, will guide the advocacy efforts of CHHSM and its members, as well as…

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Advocacy and Medicaid Talking Points

By CHHSM Staff | June 22, 2017

Two-thirds of seniors in nursing homes are covered by Medicaid and 39 percent of children have their healthcare coverage through Medicaid.  This is an essential resource for the most vulnerable in American society. The draft Health Care Bill released by the Senate today would begin to cut Medicaid services in 2021.  The time is now…

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No Cuts to Affordable Housing: UCC’s CHHSM Execs Take Advocacy Fight to Congress

By Barb Powell | April 7, 2017

Aging brings change, but not all of it is rosy. A crisis for the ever-increasing, diverse population of senior citizens exists in the United States: a shortage of affordable housing. According to a 2014 report from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, 10,000 people turn 65 each day. By 2035, low-income seniors may…

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Advocacy and Strategic Planning

By Michael Readinger | April 6, 2017
Michael J. Readinger

The CHHSM board and staff are gearing up for a series of meetings by phone this spring and in person at our June board meeting to continue implementing our strategic plan. Some of these initiatives are a continuation of the goals we set over the last couple of years, while some are new ideas that…

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Deaconess Foundation ‘Gets on the Bus’ for Child Advocacy Days

By CHHSM Staff | March 7, 2017
People protesting I advocate for children

More than 100 St. Louis-area residents –– organized by United Church of Christ-related Deaconess Foundation –– will join thousands converging on Missouri’s State Capitol in Jefferson on April 6 for the state’s 35th annual Child Advocacy Day. Deaconess is organizing its #GetOnTheBus campaign to help community residents turn out for the day of marching, meetings…

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A Culture of Inclusion at United Church Homes: Acceptance and the LGBT Community

By CHHSM Staff | January 12, 2017
United Church Homes LGBT banner with hands together

As America ages, so does its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, creating both issues and opportunities for a generation of people who have lived relatively openly as themselves for 40-plus years.  United Church Homes, a United Church of Christ-related ministry that serves over 4,000 residents in 69 communities in 14 states and two…

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Charitable Care by UCC-Related Health Providers Jumps 18 Percent in 2016, Exceeds $857 Million

By Rev. J. Bennett Guess | January 6, 2017

The United Church of Christ’s nearly 400 health and human service ministries provided more than $857 million in uncompensated, charitable care in 2016, an increase of nearly 18 percent in one year. The jump represents one of the largest single-year increases in decades, according to statistics collected by the UCC’s Council for Health and Human…

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United Church Funds Releases Sustainability Report on Socially Responsible Investing

By CHHSM Staff | January 5, 2017
World held in hands

United Church Funds has released a Sustainability Report examining efforts — operationally and externally — to live into its commitment to be a socially responsible, faithful investing partner on behalf of its investment clients. United Church Funds (UCF) is the institutional investment ministry of the United Church of Christ. UCF offers a diverse family of…

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UCC Leads the Way in Advocating for America’s Older Adults

By CHHSM Staff | September 14, 2016

Leaders of the United Church of Christ’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries played a significant role at in-district legislative advocacy meetings this summer organized by LeadingAge, a national organization that exists to expand the world of possibilities for the aging. Former UCC General Minister and President the Rev. Geoffrey A. Black, who is a member of…

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Better Together: CHHSM Ministries Partner to Strengthen Services, Sustain Quality

By CHHSM Staff | July 14, 2016

When Cleveland’s Deaconess Foundation was looking for a strong partner to take over management of its affordable senior housing communities, the foundation’s leadership wanted to make sure the communities would be well cared for and would remain part of the United Church of Christ. Deaconess, formed from the 1994 sale of Deaconess Hospital, has a…

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