Congregational Health E-News August 2017
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Director of Congregational Health Services

I just got back from my vacation to Indiana and my birth state of Michigan. I visited dear friends and family, including my aunt, who will be 95 years old in December. She is my mother’s only living sibling, and we had a very good visit. She and her daughter, who is her caregiver, are staying at my niece’s cottage on Lake Huron. My niece and I had an amazing time sitting on her beach with our feet in the lake just catching up!

Several of my family and friends were having health issues; some were minor, but a couple were very serious. As a result, I provided counsel to close family friends, I have been a nurse for many years and a Faith Community Nurse since 1988. As an FCN, my family and friends have become my “congregation,” and I am able to answer many of their questions and explain their diagnoses.

FCN is an ANA (American Nurses Association) specialty that is intentionally spiritual. Duet is holding another Foundations in Faith Community Nursing course starting September 2017. In our Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course, you will learn how to use your nursing skills to care for a congregation, whether you are in your faith community or among those struggling with health issues in the public sector. To register and for additional information, click here.  I truly believe you will enjoy this course!

August blessings to you!
Save the Date:

Crown of Life Lutheran Church
Cancer Companions
Start Date: Wednesday, October 4, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Course runs for 9 weeks.
Location: Crown of Life Lutheran Church 
13131 W .Spanish Garden Dr., Sun City West, 85375
This course is for people battling cancer, cancer survivors and friends or caregivers who need support. Topics include: faith, prayer, stress reduction, relationships, healthy living, and more. Course includes a book, videos, and is free to all participants. For information and to register, please contact parish nurse, Carol, at 623-546-6228 or

Duet Family Caregiver Symposium
Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017
Location: Duet at Church of the Beatitudes
555 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, 85021
9:00 am – 1:00 pm Morning session: Features a panel of experts on the topic of Navigating Difficult Family Caregiver Transitions and is designed for all family caregivers and professionals. Session includes lunch. CEUs are pending. Cost: $20 family caregivers/students,
$40 professional
1:00 – 4:30 pm Afternoon session: Provides free training for all professionals and volunteers interested in becoming a facilitator for Duet’s Finding Meaning and Hope caregiver video series. Preview the video series trailer here. If you have questions regarding this session, please contact Ann Wheat,

On-site adult day care and limited in-home care options will be available. Click here to register and for additional information.

Monthly Networking Sessions

Northwest Valley - Tuesday, August 8, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Chaparral Winds
16623 N. West Point Parkway, Surprise, 85374
RSVP by Tuesday, August 1 to Donna Zawodniak at

Save the Dates: 

Northwest Valley - Tuesday, September 12, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: The Center at Arrowhead
7201 W. Camino San Xavier Ave., Glendale
RSVP to Leslie by Monday, September 4, at 602-769-0318 or

Central Valley -  Wednesday, September 20, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Additional details in the September E-News.

Promote health in mind, body and spirit

Fall Foundations Course 2017
Friday and Saturday
September 15 - 16 
October 13 - 14

Duet: 555 W. Glendale Ave
     Phoenix, 85021
      On the property of Church of the Beatitudes


Phoenix Business Journal: Best Nonprofit Phoenix Stories
Duet's story of compassion, dignity, and hope has been selected by the Phoenix Business Journal's Phoenix Stories contest. Your votes helped us win the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce's IMPACTful nonprofit award, and so we invite you to join us again in voting and encouraging your friends, family, congregants, and colleagues to do the same. The nonprofit with the most votes wins a $10,000 grant, and the two runner-ups will each receive $5,000.
Click here to vote- Go to "Pick your 3 favorite Phoenix Stories."
You can vote one time per device, (laptop, desktop, cell phone, etc.)
Voting ends August 31. Thank you very much for your support!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
August is Immunization Awareness Month: Toolkits
National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all age groups. Click here to receive your comprehensive NIAM toolkits, banners, and additional information.

Prayer Support
Do you have a prayer request? There is a newly formed Duet Faith Community Nurse Prayer Team. Please email your prayer request to: Mary Lou,

Arizona Monsoons

Healthy Recipes of the Month
Click here for two easy dinner options. One is gluten free!

AZ Republic Article: Easing the transition to senior living
Carol Heimann, Duet Faith Community Nurse and Board member recommended this interesting article on elder housing assistance.

Links to Resources/Event Websites:

Duet Faith Community Nurse Experts
Click here for Topics/Contacts

Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Immunizations 101 is held the 1st Tuesday of every month in Central Phoenix. Click here for details.

Arizona Nurse Association

Franciscan Renewal Center

Glendale Health Center

Pima Council on Aging

Nurses Christian Fellowship
One of our nurses shared that the July-September issue has an excellent article on FCNs. CEs are available.

Know of any upcoming events, classes, or resources that would be of interest to other faith community nurses?
Please email the information to: or phone 602-264-5022, X28.
About Duet

To promote health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren.


A community where every person ages with compassion, dignity and hope.
555 W. Glendale Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021
PHONE: (602) 274-5022  |  FAX: (602) 274-6793  |  EMAIL: