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Enrollment Open for CHHSM’s 2021-2022 Nollau Leadership Institute

By Barb Powell | April 21, 2021

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has opened enrollment for the 2021-2022 class of its Nollau Leadership Institute. “After putting last year’s Nollau class on hold due to the pandemic, we are looking forward to bringing folks together again for this unique experience of leadership formation,” says the Rev. Dr. Elyse Berry,…

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CHHSM’s Virtual Annual Gathering a Success, Thanks to Active Participation, a Seamless Online Platform, and Incredible Presentations

By Barb Powell | March 11, 2021

Inspirational, motivational, soul-feeding … and just plain fun. These are some of the words used by attendees to describe the recently concluded 83rd Annual Gathering of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, held virtually March 2-4, 2021. Attendance records were shattered at the three-day event: some 335 CHHSM members and friends registered…

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CHHSM Creates Fact-Based Information Campaign to Support Members’ COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Programs

By Barb Powell | February 11, 2021

In order to support CHHSM members’ efforts to help their employees and residents understand the risks and rewards of the COVID-19 vaccines, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries has launched a “Myth vs. Facts” campaign. Created by the Rev. Elyse Berry, D.Min., CHHSM’s associate for advocacy and leadership development, the campaign aims…

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CHHSM Annual Gathering Sponsors Step Up to Help Support Once-in-a-Lifetime Free Event

By Barb Powell | January 13, 2021

The 2021 Annual Gathering, to be held virtually March 2-4, promises to be an interactive, informative, and inspirational three days, thanks to participants, presenters, and the host of event sponsors who are helping to make the Gathering a success. The sponsors are helping to make it possible, in lieu of a registration fee, for attendees…

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Racial Equity, COVID-19 Ramifications to Focus Workshop Topics for CHHSM’s Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | December 10, 2020

The UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries is planning a variety of meaningful workshops during its virtual Annual Gathering — Together in Hope — which takes place online March 2-4, 2021. The workshops, offered by several CHHSM members and partners, are designed to include presentations as well as real-time discussion on topics affecting…

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Bellewood & Brooklawn Mission: Providing Care from Childhood through Adulthood

By Barb Powell | December 9, 2020

It’s an all-too-familiar story: “Sarah” arrived at UCC-related Bellewood & Brooklawn in Louisville, Ky., at age 15 after years of abuse and trauma. Deserted in infancy, she had been raised by a family friend, whom she called “aunt,” and then by a sister. Sarah was a victim of sexual abuse at age 12 and began…

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UCC Council for Health and Human Service Ministries Releases Statement on ‘Pandemic of Systemic Racism’

By Barb Powell | June 4, 2020

The Board and staff of the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries (CHHSM) recently released a statement calling systemic racism a pandemic and pledging an increased financial commitment, additional programming, and a larger focus on advocacy work to end systemic racism. The statement was issued at the end of the Board’s virtual Zoom…

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Advocacy for Children, Youth, and Families is Toolkit Focus for May

By Barb Powell | May 11, 2020

Lauren, 19, had aged out of foster care. Without hope, she had drifted from place to place, living in various shelters or on the streets, sleeping at friends’ houses. Then, a therapist from TAYLRD — part of Seven Counties Services, a community mental health agency based in Louisville, Ky. — encouraged Lauren to go to…

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CHHSM Member Organizations Find Creative Ways to Serve During Coronavirus Outbreak

By Barb Powell | April 13, 2020

From phone calls, online chats and social media postings to Zoom, Skype, and Facebook video gatherings, CHHSM members are adapting to almost daily changes in health care requirements while serving their residents and clients. “The world changes overnight,” says Chris Cox, president and CEO of Hoyleton Youth & Family Services in Fairview Heights, Ill. “Plans…

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CHHSM Board Elects New Members, Announces Officers During Annual Gathering

By Barb Powell | March 26, 2020

During the Annual Business Meeting of its 82nd Annual Gathering, the UCC’s Council for Health and Human Service Ministries announced new officers and welcomed new board members. Held in Memphis, Tenn., the Annual Gathering was held March 3-5, 2020. The new Chair of CHHSM’s Board of Directors is Abby Drane, president and CEO of Seven…

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