Faith and Health Partnerships Monthly

A Resource Toolkit for Faith Leaders

Welcome to the May 2023 issue of Faith and Health Partnerships Monthly. We hope you find these resources and tips helpful as you care for members of your congregation and community. If you have questions or topic ideas for future issues, please reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you!

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May Observances

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day: May 11

In recent years, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges have increased among youth in the U.S. The good news: feeling connected to family, school, and organizations, like a faith community, can make a positive difference for a young person living with mental distress.

Download flyer to learn more

National Women's Health Week: May 14-20

Encourage women and girls in your congregation and community to make their health a priority by getting regular checkups, exercising, eating a healthy diet, and prioritizing their mental health.

See other tips from the CDC

Caring for Mind

May is Better Sleep Month

Getting a good night’s rest plays a vital role in keeping us healthy in mind, body, and spirit.  Encourage your members to establish better sleeping patterns by sharing these tips.

Download flyer to learn more

Caring for Body

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month and

Stroke Awareness Month

These two health observances allow us to learn about the ways we can control our blood pressure – and by doing so, reduce our risk for stroke, heart attack and other health threats. 

Download a handout

Caring for Spirit

Spiritual Practice of Hospitality

Learn how you can show hospitality to those who walk through your door by applying lessons from the Companionship Movement.

Download and share this bulletin insert with your members

May is National Blood Pressure Education Month

Heart and Soul:

'Empowering and Transforming Lives'

“As a pastor I want to take care of my members - their body, mind, soul, and emotions - however I can,” said Rev. Donna Childs, senior pastor of Tabernacle Community Baptist Church, Milwaukee. “Hypertension is a silent killer in our community; so, if I can give my members tools to help them live well and live out their purpose, that’s a win-win for everyone.”

Pastor Child's members have benefitted from Heart and Soul, a hypertension-prevention program that has taken place over the past seven months at the church through a partnership between Aurora Health Care Community Health and Faith and Health Partnerships.

Since she joined Heart and Soul, Debra Lawson has lost 50 pounds and lowered her blood pressure. “I’ve learned the importance of investing in myself,” she said. “I'm so used to giving to others, but realized I need to take care of myself, too. I have two young granddaughters, so I want to be around to watch them grow.”

Brenda Morrow realized she needed to take a break from her busy schedule and now keeps Fridays open for rest and rejuvenation. Brenda said she especially liked learning about breathing techniques, preparing healthy recipes, and incorporating spiritual practices into her day. “I think the things I have learned will help me achieve my vision of living a long and healthy life,” she said.

Pastor Donna Childs

Debra Lawson

Brenda Morrow

Keep reading

Upcoming Events and Opportunities

May 8 | noon

SAMHSA National Prevention Week "Talk. They Hear You." Campaign Event

May 8

Monthly Day of Prayer for Mental Health

May 8 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Virtual Mastermind Group Meeting

May 10

8:30 a.m.-noon

Spring Into Better Health

VMP Healthcare & Community Living

8621 W. Beloit Rd.

West Allis

May 11

6th Annual Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

May 12

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Aging Network Summit

Wilson Park Senior Center

2601 W. Howard Ave. Milwaukee

May 12

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Healing Not Detention

Sojourner Family Peace Center

619 W. Walnut Street, Milwaukee

May 15

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Boost Your Brain & Memory Program

May 15

1:00-4:00 p.m.

RESTORE the Hearts of Our Communities

May 16 | 9:30 a.m.

Stop the Bleed

May 16 | 11:30 a.m.

Facts vs. Fiction About Mental Health Symptoms

May 17

1:00-3:00 p.m.

Trauma 101

See classes and events available through Aurora Health Care

Live Your Faith. Love Your Community.

Donate Blood.

Download flyer to share with your members


How to Manage Blood Pressure

Small Changes Make a Big Difference

National Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month flyer

Sleep brochure from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Better Sleep Month flyer

National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day flyer

Youth mental health toolkit allows you to find free and low-cost resources in your community. Learn more.

Who We Are

Aurora Faith and Health Partnerships

We work side-by-side with faith communities to promote health equity by mobilizing the transforming power of social connectedness and spiritual wisdom.

Our core belief: Drawing on the wisdom of our religious traditions and the best social and public health science, we believe that positive, mutual relationships and the intentional practice of faith are at the heart of what creates equitable health and well-being for individuals, congregations and communities.

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We blend the strengths of Aurora Health Care with the strengths of your congregation to improve the health of those in your community.

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