So You Want to Start a Health Ministry...
You've got a strong network of caring people and the passion to serve your community - Now, what?
The good news is that you're already ahead having established those two components of your outreach model. Now, you can make your plan for assessing the specific health needs and resources in your community and choosing an approach that best serves the goals of your outreach.
Even better news is that health ministries are effective. For a jump-start in inspiration, consider these success stories:
Health Disparities & The Underserved
Health disparities are preventable. Learn more about them and the populations they affect the most with these resources. Can your outreach help the underserved among us?
Health Literacy refers to a person's ability to read, understand and act on health information. The American Medical Association identified literacy as the number one social determinant of health, above education, income and race. Imagine what your health ministry can do to for your community with this information!
Partnerships are key in successful community outreach - these resources will assist you in choosing and building them.
Topics & Audience
Your Health Ministry will decide on a health topic and target audience for your outreach project. These pages from MedlinePlus can help you make those decisions. Research Health Topics and Demographic Groups with a general search or via these suggested links.
These resources will help you do the early work of assessing your community's needs and resources.
- So You Want to Start a Health Ministry...
- Health Disparities & The Underserved
- Health Literacy
- Health Statistics - Local, National & Population Specific
- Community Assessment
- Topics & Audience
- Outreach Partners
- Funding Tips & Opportunities
- Outreach Evaluation
- Reliable Online Health Resources
- Health Ministry Models & Programs - Ready to Use!
- Health Ministry Materials & Resources
- Power Point Templates to Customize & Use
- FREE Stuff!
Health Ministry Models & Programs - Ready to Use!
These resources contain ready-to-use models and programs for your health outreach. Why reinvent the wheel?!
Health Ministry Materials & Resources
These resources don't include full action plans but contain valuable information that will be useful to your health ministry as you customize your outreach to meet the needs of your community. Some are specific to health ministries, some are applicable to any kind of health outreach.
Power Point Templates to Customize & Use
These customizable Power Point presentations were created by NN/LM SE/A for your use from planning to implementating and evaluating your outreach project. Use one, some, or all.
A: Healthy Ministry: Health Information for All - a Power Point to guide you through your first planning meeting. Gather your core group together and begin!
B: Health Disparities & Health Literacy - A Power Point that illustrates the health disparities crisis in the US and how increasing Health Literacy is part of the solution.
C: Health Information: Be Equipped - A Power Point that provides a basic introduction to getting clear and reliable health information online and from your doctor.
D: Reliable Health Information from NLM - A Power Point introduction to MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, Clinical Trials, Genetics Home Reference & AIDSInfo.
Also included are an 'Introduction Sheet' that explains the templates, 'Questions' to print out and use for hands-on class exercises in conjunction with Power Point D - and 'Question and Answers' to hand out as well so your students can remember how to find information long after the class is over.
These presentations are intended for you to customize as you wish - add them together, use them separately, remove slides you don't want, add some of your own - do anything you want to make them work for you!
Health Statistics - Local, National, Population Specific
These resources will help you get a snap shot of the health issues in your community.
Foundations, nonprofit and government organizations provide free materials and services ranging from informational brochures to promotional items - and class materials you can tailor. Some, including NN/LM SE/A, even provide instructors free of charge.
There are too may sources of free materials to list here. Check the websites of organizations, foundations and government agencies that focus on your topic of interest and look for "resources", "publications", or "educational materials" to find more freebies.
Nancy Patterson, MLS
NN/LM SE/A, Community Outreach Coordinator
(410) 706-2858 or (800) 338-7657
Reliable Online Health Resources
These reliable (and free) online resources provide health information covering a range of topics and appropriate for various audiences.
Funding Tips & Opportunities
Your health ministry may wish to apply for funding to support your outreach project. These reources provide health outreach funding tools and information.
Is your health outreach impacting your community as you hoped? Is your approach working?
Evaluation is key to fine-tuning your outreach model to be the most effective it can be. Evaluation is also a required component of most funding so these tools will come in handy.