Wellness & Prevention
Faith communities, Religious leaders
The Parish Nursing Program at Children’s National works with faith communities and leadership to promote healthy lifestyles, prevent injuries, and improve the health of children and young adults. Its goals include:
- Increasing awareness about childhood illnesses and disease prevention
- Collaborating on programs to improve the health of children and teens
- Educating faith communities about Children’s National services
- Strengthening relationships between Children’s National and the faith communities whose children and families we serve
Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course
Last year, 18 registered nurses graduated from the program’s Foundations of Faith Community Nursing Course. Staff also partnered with the D.C. Department of Health’s Places of Worship Advisory Board (POWAB) and faith-based educational institutions, such as Wesley Seminary, to assess the health needs of the local faith community.
Grief and Loss Education Program
People often turn to their faith for answers when grieving the loss of a loved one.
Recently, Parish Nursing partnered with Children’s National Chaplaincy Services and the D.C. Department of Health POWAB to provide caring and competent grief and loss support training to ministry workers across the city.