Member Feature: Kimberly Peters The year was 2020. I was a mental health office coordinator, but I resigned to focus on my family and my personal development. I have always loved working in healthcare. I spent over a decade in medical administration, and I left to become a stay-at-home mother. I continued working with other health-related companies, but when COVID-19 appeared, I saw a great opportunity to witness. I was not sure what I wanted to do, but I knew my heart ached to minister to my community and the world. As I started prayerfully researching, [...]
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What is AAHWC? The Adventist Association for Health and Wellness Coaching, or AAHWC, is an association within the North American Division (NAD) of Seventh-day Adventists, made up of members and leaders with a passion for health ministries, from all over North America. The idea for the association was born many years ago, when Rick Mautz, our current President, sparked a conversation with the Director of Health Ministries at the NAD (then and currently Angeline Brauer) about the potential of coaching in equipping health ministries to reach people for Jesus. Late in 2020, a Planning Committee [...]
Telephone Lifestyle Coaching Effectiveness One-on-one telephone health coaching is gaining popularity. Case in point: the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention has implemented a version of telephone lifestyle coaching to address some of the health issues many veterans are currently experiencing. In fact, a randomized control trial titled “A Coaching by Telephone Intervention for Veterans and Care Team Engagement” (ACTIVATE), was born out of the health issues veterans were facing related to diet and lifestyle (1). The study’s purpose was to determine the effectiveness of telephone lifestyle coaching. Researchers [...]
Addiction: A Longing for Jesus God has placed longings and desires within us (Ps. 145:16) and He longs to fulfill these desires. Therefore, many human longings and desires are good and blessed by God as long as they are in harmony with his will. Terry Wardle describes beautifully six core longings that God has placed in every human heart (Wardle, 2003). The first is love, to love and be loved. The essence of God is that He is love (1 John 4:8). As the crowning act of God’s creation, created in His own image, love is what [...]
Students Make A Difference Contributed by Paul H. Lehmann, MPH NAD CABL Coordinator Associate Professor/Chair Emeritus Burman University Collegiate Advocates for Better Living (CABL) was started by students for students at Southwestern Adventist University in 1972, under the name Collegiate Adventists for Better Living. Most Adventist college or university has had a CABL program at some point since then, and the original purpose of CABL continues today with added elements as specific needs change over time for each campus. CABL Advocates are student leaders on the campus who work with their teams [...]
AAHWC Member Update Dear Members: As we near the end of our first term in our AAHWC, I felt that it was important to connect with our members in a more personal way. To review the purpose and goals of the organization and to get your feedback so that the next term would be even more beneficial in serving each of you. Our original plan was to contact each of you by phone. We wanted to connect with each of our members in person to know how to better direct the association in the future. We [...]
A Friend Indeed Dear Friends, Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel. Proverb 27:9. ESV As the President of our AAFCN shared at our annual membership meeting on September 19, 2023, we have made significant changes to our membership structure, now offering three categories of membership in our Association. In addition to those who have completed the Foundation Course and are now Faith Community Nurses (FCNs), we are thrilled to announce that our Association (still referred to as the AAFCN) is extending membership to all [...]
The Morning Manna Story The Morning Manna story: An inspiring story of community faith in action, born out of the belly of a Faith Community Nurse (FCN). Morning Manna is a prayer group, based in Atlanta, Georgia, that positively impacts people and situations all over the world, through prayer. Dr. Rosalyn Saunders, a Nurse Practitioner and now Faith Community Nurse, started Morning Manna eleven years ago. The seeds of hope and healing were planted in her, at the tender age of four, as she grew in stature and wisdom, observing the works of her grandmother, a [...]
AAFCN Member Dedication Featured Article, June 2023 "Piedmont Park dedicated Tammy Adams as its Faith Community Nurse. It is the first ministry of its kind at Piedmont," says Hugh Davis. "The North American Division Health Ministries department describes Faith Community Nurses as trained nurses who serve a church or congregation to improve the health of its members. Faith Community Nursing, previously Parish Nursing, is a growing specialty recognized by the American Nurses Association. As Piedmont's FCN, her role will consist of health advocacy, educator, counselor, referral agent, volunteer facilitator, and coordinator. Tammy wants to help members focus [...]
Jocelyn White Nurse Spotlight, September 2023 Interview with Betsy Johnson, FCN, Emmanuel-Brinklow Seventh-day Adventist Church Please tell us about your being led you into your current role. Initially, I was clueless about the specialty practice of Faith Community Nursing (FCN). However, many years ago Bernice DeShay, a nurse and member of our congregation, asked me and another nurse if we would be interested in taking the Foundations course in Parish Nursing, the former title of Faith Community Nursing. She was teaching at Washington Adventist University, was one of the instructors and instrumental in bringing the course [...]