Welcome to Parish Health Ministry
Parish Health Ministry is a movement that encourages churches to renew their role in health care, which includes promoting health, preventing disease, responding to crisis, and emphasizing a holistic approach to wellness and health care. Lives are changed – and sometimes saved – because of the screenings and outreach the program provides.
Supported solely by donations, the Parish Health Ministry program of Episcopal Retirement Homes (ERH) assists congregations of all denominations throughout Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Southeastern Ohio develop or enhance their own parish nurse/health ministry.
The ministry was founded in 1998 and currently services 75 congregations across southern Ohio.
The movement stems from the healing ministry of Jesus, who promoted wholeness of body, mind and spirit. It is based on the premise that health is not just the absence of disease, rather the maximum attainable state of a person’s emotional, intellectual, physical, social, spiritual and vocational well-being.
Through PHM, ERH extends its ministry outside the walls of its retirement communities to promote health and wellness within congregations. PHM invests more than $2,600 per church to help improve the lives of congregation members through advocacy, education, and wellness activities. To get an idea of our work, take a look at how PHM served people in 2012.
Health and Wellness Programs
PHM offers a variety of programs through its church partners, including diabetes screenings, blood pressure checks and so much more. For more details, visit the Health and Wellness Programs page.
New Partnership: Institute for Maturing Spirituality
ERH Parish Health Ministry is delighted to subscribe to a series of live webcasts through the Martin de Porres Center’s Institute for Maturing Spirituality in Columbus, Ohio. The 2013 Spring/Summer series is geared toward faith communities, health centers, and senior residences. The subscription allows ERH Parish Health Ministry to bring live presentations with dynamic, nationally recognized speakers to our partnering churches in Greater Cincinnati. These seminars address topics of mind, body, spirit health and healing, and include such topics as, “Learning the Art of Inner Healing,” “The Journey through Grief,” and, “Are We Too Old to Dream?”
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