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U.N.I.T.Y Squad: Where youth can be their unique selves

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If you visit Claretian Associates’ SALUD Center on a Tuesday afternoon, you’d see youth from the U.N.I.T.Y Squad gather for friendship and fun in a safe and supportive atmosphere. The U.N.I.T.Y Squad, a sub program of the South Chicago Neighborhood Network, of which Advocate Health Care is a partner, is a year-round program that provides Read More

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‘If you could lighten the load for one person, what a difference you’ve made.’

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When a young woman experienced a mental health crisis during choir practice recently, Geri Jones knew what to do. Geri, First Lady of St. Titus One Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, immediately stopped choir practice. And over the next hour-and-a-half, she and the other choir members surrounded the woman, listened to her, and encouraged her as Read More

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Back-to-School and Wellness Event Offers Resources and Fun

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The South Chicago Neighborhood Network and numerous community partners, including Advocate Aurora Health, hosted a back-to-school and wellness event on Aug. 18, at Claretian Associates, 9108 S. Brandon Ave., Chicago. The event offered blood pressure screenings, one-on-one conversations with physicians, health presentations, social determinants of health screenings – and even musical entertainment, games, and a Read More

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Participants’ eating habits – and health – have improved thanks to nutrition class at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee

Each session includes a meal, this week Linda Radder prepared tortilla soup. (Photo by Ana Martinez-Ortiz, WNOV The Voice)

  Since he began taking a nutrition class at Cross Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, Henry Fuller has made positive changes in his lifestyle.  He eats more fresh fruits and vegetables, checks food labels, and eats healthier portion sizes. “Before, I didn’t really consider what I ate,” he said. “If it was something I liked, I ate Read More

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‘one of the hardest sermon series I’ve ever preached, but one of the most rewarding.’

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By Rev. Shane Moore, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church in Yakima, Washington Many times I have ideas for a sermon series but do not have the courage to preach the series.  For a whole host of reasons I talk myself out of the idea.  It could be due to not feeling knowledgeable enough on Read More

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Virtual clergy support group offers a safe space to ‘just be’

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For the past couple of years, faith leaders have found a safe space where they can gather to share their struggles, joys, and concerns. A virtual monthly clergy support group, sponsored by Advocate Aurora Health Faith and Health Partnerships, has provided faith leaders with fellowship, respite – and a place to ‘just be,’ says the Read More

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COVID-19: One Nurse as Patient’s Journey

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By: Mariann Hisel, Ed.D.; MSN; MBA; RNC-OB; RNC-EFM; LCCE Everyone on this earth has been affected by COVID-19. COVID-19 has changed the world. COVID-19 changed the world in how people interact with each other, how we treat science, how we respect public health, our political views, and our faith.  We have gone from “We are all Read More

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‘Music brings a community together’

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Listening to gospel music, drumming, playing in a praise band, chanting, singing hymns… Music plays a central role in the life of faith communities. Music does more than enhance the spiritual wellbeing of congregants, though. It also offers numerous health benefits. For example: Listening to music can inspire us to move and dance – activities that Read More

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Building connections:  ‘the heart of what we do’

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Since 2019, partners in the Avondale Faith and Health Collaborative have worked together to offer food, vaccines, masks, clothing, mental health support and other resources to help residents in the greater Avondale area live well. But the Collaborative does much more than that, says Amy McNicholas, Illinois manager of Faith and Health Partnerships, Advocate Aurora Read More

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‘A lifeline for so many’

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Maria looks forward to every other Thursday when she can attend Let’s Talk!, a support group for moms. “It’s something special I do for myself,” said Maria, a mother of two young children. “I always make time for it.” Maria, like other participants, have benefitted from Let’s Talk!, a bi-weekly virtual group sponsored by Advocate Read More

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