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October 2017  Issue No. 26

Noteworthy

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) forms partnership with New York State Chaplains Task Force (NYSCTF)
Through its affiliate, Spiritual Care Association, HCCN and NYSCTF will be working closely to heighten attention to the need for spiritual care services in their local communities and around the country.

Palliative Care

Mesothelioma patients did not respond to palliative care

Inspired by a 2010 study which led to the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommending that palliative care start early for all cancer patients, a new study shows that palliative care did not improve the quality of life on newly-diagnosed mesothelioma patients. (Medical Xpress)
 


Senegal improves its palliative care efforts 

A 2012 study found that 16 of out 22 countries in Francophone Africa had no healthcare providers administering palliative care. Since then, the government of Senegal has made improving access to palliative care a priority. (Human Rights Watch)

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Spirituality

State of the Science of Spirituality and Palliative Care Research
 
A two-part review, which was formulated from a conference on "State of the Science in Spirituality and Palliative Care Research," held at Duke Integrative Medicine. Part 1 addresses the current landscape of outcomes in research in palliative care, while Part 2 explores current research guiding spiritual care provisions to patients and families within palliative care. (Journal of Pain and Symptom Management)
 
Read more:   Intro    Part 1   Part 2
 
 
Cutting stereotypes with spiritual inclusion 
 
Understanding what makes us different leads us to appreciate those diversities. The Transformations Spirituality Center aims to remove inaccurate stereotypes by offering programs, performances and concerts to address current issues. (Western Herald)
 

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End-of-Life Care

Faith communities bring end-of-life care planning to the forefront

Advance care planning is still an after thought for many people. Leaders of various faith communities work hard to educate their members on the benefits of having a strategy in place. (The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Health Report
 
Improve your wellbeing with a healthy workplace
Because people spend the majority of their time at work, it is important to have a work environment that is healthy. A negative work space leads to poor mental and physical health, while the opposite not only promotes happiness, but productivity, too. (UN News Centre)
 


Empathizing too much diminishes your health

In a study published in the Journal of Health Psychology, the more empathetic a person was, the more he/she experienced anxiety or low-level depression. (The Washington Post)
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Good Reads

Good economy = a rise in death rates
 
Though the above title can be alarming, this is only in the short term. For example, in a recession, the unemployed can sleep longer, have more time to exercise and may eat more health.  Learn more of the factors for this analysis. (New York Times)

DID YOU KNOW...

Our online store is a one-stop resource center for educational content, publications, research and tools for chaplains and other professionals working in spiritual care, palliative care and health care.  
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HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY NETWORK HOSTS
INAUGURAL SPIRITUAL CARE BRIEFING ON CAPITOL HILL

The organization continues to push legislators to integrate spiritual care in patient care plans

New York, N.Y. (Oct. 23, 2017) – HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and its affiliate, Spiritual Care Association (SCA), hosted a spiritual care briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. This meeting, entitled “Spiritual Care: What It Means, Why It Matters in Health Care” was the first of its kind presented to United States legislators and their staff. This one-hour affair was a lunch meeting. Panelists – which included Rev. Eric J. Hall, President and CEO, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and Spiritual Care Association and Todd Tuten, J.D., Senior Policy Advisor – discussed the evolution of professional health care chaplaincy: meeting the needs of whole person care – which encompasses spiritual care – while recognizing objective standards for quality care and scope of practice, similar to other health care disciplines. Topics for discussion included:

  • What is Spiritual Care?
  • The Role of Board Certified Chaplains
  • The Value and Bottom-Line Impact of Quality Spiritual Care
  • Proposed Legislation to Strengthen Spiritual Care
  • Opportunities for Collaboration to Expand Access to Spiritual Care

“This briefing on Capitol Hill is very important,” explains Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN/SCA’s President and CEO. “Health care remains a relevant topic in Washington, D.C. and it only makes sense for us to continue the conversation about spiritual care alongside it.”

The New York-based nonprofit organization has established a presence in Washington, D.C. as it continues to advance the inclusion of spiritual care into health care by reaching legislators in a variety of ways. It has also been active with its publications. In 2016, HCCN introduced the following: the Scope of Practice, a document developing an internationally-recognized list of competencies for chaplains, that was released along with Quality Indicators, an evidence-based chart for spiritual care and suggested metrics and measures for each; the formulation of the Spiritual Care Association, the multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that establishes a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network also published two white papers, Spiritual Care: What It Means, Why It Matters in HealthCare (October 2016) and Spiritual Care and Nursing: A Nurse's Contribution and Practice (March 2017). The newest white paper entitled, Spiritual Care and Physicians: Understanding Spirituality in Medical Practice will be released at end of October 2017.

The briefing was by invitation only. For constituents who would like to advocate for spiritual care to be included as a compulsory measure in health care, please contact your representative.

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About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in health care through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org or call 212-644-1111.

 

About Spiritual Care Association

HCCN’s affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for providers of spiritual care in health care that establishes evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice, knowledge base, and testing to become a Board Certified or Credentialed Chaplain. Membership is open to chaplains and other health care professionals, clergy and organizations. For more information, visit www.spiritualcareassociation.org or call 212-644-1111.

 

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Charysse Harper
charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212-644-111, ext.107

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HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY NETWORK FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW YORK STATE CHAPLAIN TASK FORCE

Both organizations collaborate to highlight the need for spiritual care at the community level

New York, N.Y. (Oct. 5, 2017) HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) – through its affiliate the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) – has formed a collaboration agreement with the New York State Chaplain Task Force (NYSCTF), an affiliate of New York Chaplaincy Services. Both organizations will be working closely to heighten attention to the need for spiritual care services in their local communities and around the country.

NYSCTF trains Interfaith Chaplains in providing spiritual care and emotional support efficiently and effectively to individuals, families, and to public and private institutions. Since 1961, HCCN has served a similar aim. Through HCCN’s affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association, a professional membership-based 501(c)(3), members are able to utilize educational resources, such as Chaplain Credentialing and becoming a Board Certified Chaplain, as well as self-guided curriculum and instructor-led courses. With 1,300 members and an affiliate consisting of 13 global organizations, SCA has established evidence-based quality indicators, scope of practice and a knowledge base for spiritual care in health care. The partnership is monumental for both organizations.

“We have an extensive curriculum that will benefit New York State Chaplains Task Force,” said Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN/SCA President and CEO. “The work they are doing is appreciated and well received in the community and it is important for us to unite so both of our organizations will continue to have a strong presence.”

In 2011, Rev. Marcos A. Miranda, who serves as President, founded NYSCTF in response to lack of spiritual care in the community. NYSCTF has 1,200 members and works 24-hours a day, year-round to assist state and local government in times of crisis. Chaplains are encouraged to complete their Intensive Training Program, in which he/she accumulates a minimum of 400 clinical and/or volunteer hours over the course of 10 weeks, which encompasses specialized training to work within health care settings, correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies and faith/community-based organizations. In addition, their chaplains are nationally certified in First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AED). Upon completion, each chaplain becomes certified by New York State Chaplaincy, supervised by National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and are members of Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

“I am what you would call an alumni of HCCN, completing the first two Clinical Pastoral Education units with their CPE program,” explained Rev. Marcos. “I believe the creation of the Spiritual Care Association is filling a great void that has existed when it came to progressive and adaptive chaplaincy education, chaplain credentialing and certification. I want our organization to be a part of that.”

Rev. Miranda invited Rev. Hall to join NYSCTF’s Board of Directors as a Specialty Advisor in August 2017. Through Rev. Hall’s involvement, the goal is to expand the training of the chaplains, promote the benefits of becoming members of the Spiritual Care Association, as well as to provide guidance to Rev. Miranda.

The New York State Chaplain Task Force has worked with the New York Police Department, American Red Cross, Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, New York City Department of Corrections (Riker’s Island), as well as various nursing homes and assisted living and shelter facilities. The Task Force offers a spiritual care program that can be customized to suit the needs of the recipients.

“Partnerships like ours are groundbreaking and will pave the way for the future of spiritual care. I'm excited about the many possibilities,” said Rev. Miranda.

 

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in healthcare through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org or call 212-644-1111

 

About Spiritual Care Association

The Spiritual Care Association (SCA) is the first multidisciplinary, international professional membership association for spiritual care providers that includes a comprehensive evidence-based model that defines, delivers, trains and tests for the provision of high-quality spiritual care. SCA, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, is a nonprofit affiliate of HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, a global nonprofit organization focused on spiritual-related clinical care, research and education. For more information, visit www.SpiritualCareAssociation.org or call 212-644-1111

 

About New York State Chaplain Task Force

New York State Chaplain Task Force, an affiliate of New York Chaplaincy Services, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which trains, maintains and dispatches highly skilled volunteer Inter-Faith Community Crisis Chaplains to provide spiritual and emotional support and assistance to individuals and their families, local & state agencies, as well as public and private institutions, in times of crisis. We take pride in providing 24/7, 365-days-a -year emergency spiritual and emotional support services. www.nychaplaincyservices.org.

 

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Charysse Harper
charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212-644-111, ext.107

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September 2017  Issue No. 25

Noteworthy

Registration for the Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference is now open
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network will host its 5th annual Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, April 23-25, 2018, in New Orleans, LA. There will be over 30 workshops, Pre-Conference Intensives and a specialty track for nurses and social workers.
 
Register by January 31, 2018, for a chance to win two tickets to the New Orleans Jazz Fest! Discounted rate for SCA members.

Caring for the Human Spirit® Conference

Spiritual Care

Spiritual training for doctors

A study conducted by Faith in Practice has shown that doctors who are trained on spirituality are twice as likely to conduct regular spiritual assessment. (Fierce Healthcare)
 

Palliative Care

Palliative care needed sooner than later

Yale University School of Medicine conducted a study which shows that earlier access to hospice and palliative care are needed to address disability at the end of life. (Globe News Wire)

Palliative Care - Viewpoints

The demand for palliative care rises

The benefits of palliative care continues to grow. Dr. Helen Senderovich explains why she administers this type of treatment as opposed to others.  (The Star)

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End-of-Life Care

Hospice care as an afterthought

Although Medicare has fully covered the cost of hospice care for the terminally ill since 1982, only 43% of people have initiated that type of care. (U.S. News)
 
 
Talking about death can be very useful 
It makes sense to inform loved ones on end-of-life care is helpful when it comes to making decisions if the patient is unable to do so. However, putting it into practice is so much harder.

Spirituality

The link between spirituality and the environment
 
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have reminded people of the power of Mother Nature. While we feel we have an important role on this planet - possibly by our job; our role as a provider - it can be taken away in an instant.  How can this aid in our spiritual journey? (Edmond Sun)
 

Health Report

Whole person care starts with food
 
You know the saying: "You are what you eat." This has never been more true than now. Maintaining a healthy diet supports brain, mental and physical health. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
 


The need for social connection is higher than you think
 
In the age of social media, people are more isolated. Loneliness can cause severe health problems that were once solely attributed to poor diet and genetics. (American Journal of Managed Care)

Good Reads
 
Raising funds for a homeless man

Mental health issues has driven a Colorado man to become homeless. However, generosity has gotten him on his feet.
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DID YOU KNOW...

The Excellence in Spiritual Care Award is a unique recognition. The program is designed to affirm strengths and create a guide for improving the provision of spiritual care based on identified best practices.  Read about the evaluation process.
 
 
Contact Rev. Amy Strano to learn more
astrano@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212.644.1111 x219
 
 
 
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HEALTHCARE CHAPLAINCY NETWORK HOSTS CPE PROGRAM AT MERCY HEALTH – YOUNGSTOWN

Hospital and Students benefit from online education

 

New York, N.Y. (August 16, 2017) – HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) has partnered with Mercy Health – Youngstown in Ohio in advancing their Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program by providing a CPE Certified Educator, as well as introducing HCCN’s CPE online program to the organization. Mercy Health is the largest health system in Ohio.

HCCN’s CPE program is a convenient and accessible path to further spiritual care education. It offers a standardized, cutting-edge approach to help future and current chaplains. The program includes online self-guided courses, authored by top experts; video conferencing for didactics, group process time, student presentations, one-on-one supervision by an ACPE Certified Educator – more commonly known as the CPE Supervisor.

“We developed HCCN’s distance-based CPE program as a way to educate individuals in multi-faith spiritual care who do not live near CPE centers,” explained Rev. Eric J. Hall, HCCN’s president and CEO. “We are pleased that Mercy Health – Youngstown is able to benefit from our CPE program and that we can continue reaching those who want to further their spiritual care education.” Mercy Health – Youngstown has provided CPE since 2010. When their CPE Educator retired, Chaplain Sandra Lucas, the Regional Director of Spiritual Care, searched for the most convenient and cost-effective way to continue the program.

“There were no CPE programs in this area except ours,” explained Chaplain Lucas. “After exploring options at several hospitals, it was suggested I look into HealthCare Chaplaincy Network. I liked what I saw, particularly that their program is fully accredited through ACPE.”

HCCN developed an innovative approach to CPE in early 2016 and has since had over 125 students completing units through CPE.org. Deborah Damore, Director of Clinical Services for HCCN and ordained minister, has been serving as the CPE Certified Educator for the Youngstown units through CPE.org since February 2017.

Distinctive from traditional teaching methods, HCCN’s online CPE course offers students the ability to gain much of the training from clinical hours at a local institution, while engaging in the educational hours from the comfort of a home or office. This specific course is unique from standard enrollment through CPE.org in that all students are able to complete their clinical hours at Mercy Health – Youngstown. They also meet as a group for the online CPE class. The first unit, which began in Spring 2017, was a success encouraging the hospital to contract with HCCN for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 units.

“At first, it was a big adjustment even though the only difference – a big difference – was that the [CPE] Educator was online,” said Chaplain Lucas. “However, we learned that not only does it work, it works well. Healthcare facilities without the resources to hire an ACPE supervisor could offer CPE online.”

HCCN’s CPE program is provided by HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™, a global leader in spiritual care education, clinical care, and research. HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is accredited to offer Level 1/Level II CPE by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE), One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, 404 320 1472, www.acpe.edu. Learn more at www.CPE.org

 

About HealthCare Chaplaincy Network

HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a global healthcare nonprofit organization that offers spiritual care information and resources, and professional chaplaincy services in hospitals other health care settings and online. Its mission is to advance the integration of spiritual care in healthcare through clinical practice, research and education in order to increase patient satisfaction and help people faced with illness and grief find comfort and meaning – whoever they are, whatever they believe, wherever they are. For more information, visit www.healthcarechaplaincy.org, call 212-644-1111 and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.

 

About Mercy Health Youngstown

Mercy Health - Youngstown is an integrated health system in the Mahoning Valley, which encompasses the Youngstown/Warren metropolitan area – Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties in Ohio. It is part of Mercy Health, which is headquartered in Cincinnati and is the largest health system in Ohio and one of the largest Catholic health systems in the United States. Mercy Health - Youngstown provides a full spectrum of healthcare services – acute inpatient and trauma, outpatient and ambulatory, rehabilitation, behavioral, emergency and urgent care, primary care physicians in patient-centered medical homes, specialist physician care, home health, home medical equipment, long-term care and hospice care, as well as Mercy Health Foundation Mahoning Valley. Learn more at www.mercy.com/Youngstown.

 

Media contact
Charysse Harper
charper@healthcarechaplaincy.org
212-644-1111, ext. 107

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