The Spirit of Texas: Texas Health Ministries; spring newsletter

Texas Health Ministries Network

Purpose:  To promote a statewide network with regional   contacts in Texas for health promotion, education and access to resources.     To maintain a database of faith community nurses and health ministers in Texas.

THMN Meetings & Education    Faith Community Nursing Courses   THMN  Membership Form

THMN Scholarship Forms     THMN Regional Contacts     About THMN Newsletter (for calendar of events) (National Health Ministries Association)  (International National Parish Nurse Resource Center)


Foundations of Faith Community Nursing course.  For information and registration contact instructor Becky Seymour, or 409-212-5648.

August 31 – September 2, 2015:  Health Ministries Association Annual Meeting & Conference, Le Meridian Hotel, New Orleans, LA –

October 9 (Friday): Texas Health Ministries Network meeting at Methodist Charlton Medical Center, 3500 W. Wheatland Road, Dallas, TX 75237 (Crawford Learning Center). Contact Doris Giles, MS, RN, Congregational Nursing Coordinator: or 214/947-7755. 

Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas Faith Community Nurse Teleconference Schedule – 2015         Please send an email to register for each individual presentation to Rebekah.Seymour@bhset.Net



1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Central Time Zone

Disaster Preparedness: Focusing on the Special Needs Population Patti Moss MSN, RN 1.5 Hours Contact Hrs




1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Tools and Tactics for Improving Your Health Ministry Team Maureen Daniels MSN, RN 1.5 Hours Contact Hrs


2015 HMA Annual Meeting and Conference

Aug. 31, Sept. 1 & 2, 2015

Le Méridien New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Group Room Rate of $129.00 per night!
To receive the group rate, you must reference HMA Annual Meeting and Conference when you call or visit our booking page* to book your room online.

Journey to Wholeness:

Response…Resilience…Rituals…Recovery  Texas Health Ministries Network(THMN) Scholarship Award for Participation in the Annual Westberg Symposium or the Health Ministries Association Conference

 Purpose  To encourage Texas Faith Community Nurses (FCNs) and Health Ministers (HMs) to attend the annual Westberg Symposium or the Health Ministries Association Conference.

Scholarship Criteria  Applicants shall:  Be a current THMN member

(1) Submit a letter requesting reimbursement at least 2 months before the early registration deadline which includes:

(1) an explanation of why the scholarship is requested,

(2) a statement of any other sources of financial support for participation in the conference/symposium,

(3) letter from the faith community leader stating the applicant’s contribution to health ministry, and

(4)the applicant shall agree to submit an article of approximately 400 words about the attended Symposium/Conference for the upcoming THMN newsletter. .

Instructions   Applicants must submit the original letter and supporting documentation plus 2 copies to the Membership  Chair.(  Faxes will not be accepted.  Electronic applications will be accepted ONLY if all documents are sent as attachments to a single e-mail.  Incomplete applications will not be considered and will not be returned to the applicant.  The Scholarship Committee has the authority to decide if one, both, or none of the designated scholarships are awarded in a given calendar year and will inform the membership at the next THMN meeting.

Deadlines   The deadline for applications is two months before the early  registration deadline.  Awardees will be notified of the scholarship award in writing no later than 1 month before the early registration deadline.

Note to Scholarship Committee  A scholarship awardee can receive a THMN scholarship for Symposium/Conference attendance one time.  The scholarship award of $350 is competitive and limited to 4 awards per calendar year.  Preference will be given to persons who have completed additional training to be FCNs/HMs, demonstrated leadership in faith community health outreach and who have served 15 or more unpaid hours a week in health ministry.

THMN Membership Form    Texas Health Ministries Network Membership Form



Phone (H)____________________________(W)___________________________________________


My Faith(e.g., Christian, Jewish, Muslim_________________________________________________


Annual Membership fee due in January:   Check one:  ____ Individual = $20      ____ Corporate = $90 for up to 5 members    No credit card payment is accepted.    Make checks payable to: Texas Health Ministries Network (THMN)

Submit the membership fee to: Rita Carlson, 5151 Buffalo, Speedway, #1316, Houston, TX 77005.     For additional information and resources contact the membership chair, 713-767-3000 (Department of State Health Services, Region 6)

THMN Scholarships for Faith Community Nursing Course    Criteria of Eligibility for a THMN Scholarship:

An applicant must:    Be a registered nurse in the state of Texas.    Be a current member of the Texas Health Ministries Network.    Plan to attend a Faith Community Nursing course in Texas.     Complete the course within the current year that the scholarship is received.    Send a copy of the acceptance letter from the lead faculty of the Faith Community Nursing course stating that you have been approved to take the course and when the course will begin.    Submit a reference from pastor or supervisor.    Note: Scholarships range from $50-$200 depending upon the cost of the course.    (Note: See following page for application).

Faith Community Nursing Scholarship Application  Applicant information (Please print).



Best contact number and time to call __________________ Email__________________

Faith Community Nursing (FCN) Course you plan to take


List person teaching the course________________________________________

Estimate your expenses for taking the course   Books$____________ Fees$ _____________Other$______________

Experience: Nursing Education *College(s) Attended for Prior Nursing Education *Other Colleges Attended* Applicable Nursing Experience*    Area(s) of study and /or degree received: __________________________________________________________________

Grade Average________ Date of Graduation___________ RN Licensure Date_____________

College(s) attended for nursing education __________________________________________________________________

Other college(s)attended: __________________________________________________________________

Applicable Nursing Experience: ________________________________________________________________

Current job title and place of employment or volunteer site __________________________________________________________________

Have you worked or volunteered as a Health Minister and where? __________________________________________________________________

Briefly list your health ministry goals.

Briefly state your work experience.

Signature___________________________________________________ Date__________________ Return to D. Chesley, 5151 Buffalo Speedway #1317, Houston, TX 77005 or via e-mail at

Discarding Old, Unwanted or Expired Drugs Texas Poison Control Center Network 4/15/2015    Clean out your medicine cabinet! Protect our kids, families and the environment by properly disposing of your unwanted and expired medicines. Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed/trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters.  Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.       The recommendation for getting rid of those old, unwanted or expired drugs used to be flushing down the toilet or putting them down the sink. These recommendations were made specifically to prevent accidental ingestion and poisoning of children and pets. Studies over the past several years though have shown this might not be such a good idea. Measurable amounts of some drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, cardiac medications and others are showing up in our nation’s waterways. Water treatment plants are unable to remove these compounds before they reach the environment. Throwing medications away with the trash may cause less pollution, but there is that risk that other people or animals may get hold of it. Privacy may also be a concern if containers have labels with names and other personal information.     The following recommendations may take more time and effort from caregivers than simple flushing, but they will prevent accidental poisonings as well as lessen the environmental impact of these drugs on the environment.

  • If a medication disposal program is not available in your area, the unwanted or expired medicine may be thrown away in the trash by following these steps:
  1. Liquids should be poured over paper towels, kitty litter, or coffee grounds and tightly wrapped in sealable or watertight containers or bags.
  2. Solids (pills, capsules, tablets) should be placed into a sealable or water tight container or bag and add a small amount of water to at least partly dissolve them. You might want to add an undesirable substance like coffee grounds or kitty litter so that they are less likely to be eaten.
  3. Place the container inside a package such as a box that doesn’t show what’s inside.
  4. Put the medication in the trash as close to pick up time as possible-do not place in recycling bins.

Always refer to the printed material accompanying medication for specific instructions.       For information about treatment of unintentional ingestion and overdose of medicine (or any other poisoning), call toll-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to your local Poison Center: 1-800-222-1222! Texas Poison Center Network

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Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee     The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Committee) submitted the Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (Advisory Report) to the Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in February 2015. The purpose of the Advisory Report is to inform the Federal government of current scientific evidence on topics related to diet, nutrition, and health. It provides the Federal government with a foundation for developing national nutrition policy. However, the Advisory Report is not the Dietary Guidelines for Americans policy or a draft of the policy. The Federal government will determine how it will use the information in the Advisory Report as the government develops the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. HHS and USDA will jointly release the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015 later this year.

As of May 9, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA) are no longer accepting public comments.     Thanks to Karen Hahn for the above information. 

HMN Officers 2013-2015

President: Becky Seymour – – Beaumont     President Elect: Sandy Brannan, – Port Neches     Past President: Paulette Golden, – Carrollton     Treasurer: Dorothy Chesley – – Houston     Secretary: Marilyn Lawson, – Houston

THMN Additional Regional Contacts     Paula Lilja: – Seabrook     Judy Davis:– San Antonio     Sharon Hinton: – Panhandle     Karen Hahn: – Houston     Verda Gaines: – Houston     Anne Gifford: – Dallas Area     Mary Welch: – Corpus Christi     Caryn Paulos: – Arlington

About the THMN Newsletter The Spirit of Texas is published quarterly by the Texas Health Ministries Network (THMN). If changing your e-mail address, contact Neither THMN nor the Editor assumes responsibility for the opinions expressed by authors of papers abstracted, quoted, or published in full in The Spirit of Texas. Original articles are published that relate to multidisciplinary aspects of health ministry and education. Our mission is to promote a statewide network with regional contacts in Texas for health promotion education and access to resources. This publication is provided for educational and informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem. Editor: Dorothy Chesley, PhD, Retired RN

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