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Thank you to Board Members

Monday, 02 April 2012 00:00

2012-04-02 Board-MembersFour of our long standing Board members truly reflect "Our mission in action". Sr. Mary Jo Shingler, former chairperson, Sandy Gleim, from Healthy Communities of LaPorte, Martin Judd, CEO of Our Lady of Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago, and Dave McCormick, from Indiana Health Department, have given many years of dedicated service to HVM.

We are sorry to see them leave the board but they leave behind a long history of dedication to HealthVisions and the mission of the Poor Handmaids. They not only reflect our mission but they have given service in reducing health disparities in their own local communities.

Thank you for helping HVM grow into a vibrant organization. We appreciate all you have given us and look forward to having you work with us again in the near future


Mission Moment

Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily activities that we forget why we do the ministry that we do. Last Friday God decided to send a reminder to help me keep perspective. I was sitting at my desk and heard someone ask if I was in the office. I was told that someone wanted to see me. To my surprise it was one of our seniors that we provide transportation for medical appointments. She had asked the volunteer driver who just happened to be my husband to bring her by the office because she wanted to see me and thank us for being there when she needed a ride several years earlier. She wanted to thank us for the work that we do because she said she really needed it and we had been there each time she needed to go for her appointments in St. Louis. She said that there would not have been any other way for her to get to the doctor had we not been able to take her. She gave me a great big hug and we both laughed. I was very surprised to see her. We chatted for a few minutes and she updated me about her current medical condition and said she would be sure to give a donation by the end of the month. She reminded me that we will have to hold it until the third of the month when she gets her check but she wanted to make sure that she donated because we had been so good to her. Before she left, she again gave me a great BIG hug and I gave her one too. It was so good to see her again and she blessed me by sharing how grateful she was for the ministry.

That same day I received a call from a senior who is 80 years old and had registered for transportation but had not used it. She asked to speak to me and talked a long time about how important the ministry was to her and other seniors in the community. She said we just did not know how difficult it is for seniors to get around in the community for transportation services to the doctor. She thanked me over and over again for the ministry being here. She said that she knew a man who was 91 years old and was blind that needed to go to the VA in St. Louis and had actually gone blind because he could not get transportation there to keep his appointments. She wanted to know if we could help him and I assured her that we could. She was thankful and said that she was going to see if she could have a friend come by her house to pick up a $5 donation to give us just for being here for other seniors. We talked for a long time and she told me about her life in the area. I realized that she not only needed transportation, but just someone to talk to and listen to her. After she had said all she wanted to that day, she said, I’ll let you get back to your work.” She didn’t realize I had been doing my work all along while I listened to her.

These are just two reminders of why we do what we do. Sometimes we need reminders. I thank God for these two angels He sent to remind me. I wanted to share with you because I know you have angels to. Sometimes we may fail to realize who they are and how important their calls and visits are. At times we may even see them as interruptions. But for those of us who are in ministry to serve God’s people, these reminders and moments of reflection are so important.

Paula E. Wills, LCSW
HV East St. Louis


Living a Healthy Life

Monday, 12 March 2012 10:24

2012-03-12-Living-a-Healthy-LifeIt just keeps getting better, better in the sense that we are reaching more people as we strive to build healthier communities.  HealthVisions East St. Louis completed another workshop with members of New Bethel Baptist Church, located at 5803 Belmont Avenue in East St. Louis, where Rev. Myron Taylor is Pastor.  We are extremely proud to report that fifteen enthusiastic individuals received certificates of completion in the fellowship hall of the church, Thursday, March 1, 2012.

Read more: Living a Healthy Life


PUC hosting public health training session

Monday, 12 March 2012 00:00

Story by Times Staff

CROWN POINT | The Purdue University Academic Learning Center will host a one-day training session on public health issues.

The full-day session, Shaping Policy for Health: Competency Based Training Program, is Tuesday, sponsored by the Directors of Health Promotion and Education in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Health and the REACH/Alcance Program and Coalition at HealthVisions Midwest.

The session starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. Participants will have a one-hour meal break.

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Empowering Fort Wayne Communities To Self-Manage Diabetes

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 10:04

The Self-Manage Diabetes class is designed to reach the African American population in selected regions of Fort Wayne. HealthVisions of Fort Wayne partnered with churches, senior citizens housing, and organizations to offer the program.

Community Health Workers facilitate the educational sessions and support groups, providing one-on-one attention and follow-up with program participants. The program utilizes the Stanford Diabetes Self-Management Program (DSMP) curriculum and materials. The curriculum is designed to reach adults 18 years and older, and includes topics on diabetes selfmanagement and chronic disease in a six week session.

Read more: Empowering Fort Wayne Communities To Self-Manage Diabetes


Mother’s Appreciate Support Group

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 09:58

2012-02-22-Mothers-AppreciateOn Thursday December 22, 2011 the REACH/Alcance Program’s Mother Support Group held their Annual Christmas party. The mothers were presented with many gifts sponsored by Manage Health Services, Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and HealthVisions Midwest. Each Mother learned about “Stress Management” by Nurse and Health Educator Maria Zendejas of Healthy Start in East Chicago. The Mothers enjoyed a potluck lunch and also received a lesson in Zumba to help with stress management.

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Diaper Drive

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 09:53

baby-diapersOur Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Hammond, IN had a diaper drive for our maternal child health program.

Connie Leal at Promotores describes how this donation helped her.

“The diapers that you gave us came right on time. As much as I support and push for breastfeeding, there are some moms that will have no part of it. So if we need too, we will give them formula if we have it. The other day a young lady came in with a good amount of formula that her baby refused to drink. So, she started to exclusively breastfeed. She was in dire need of size 3 diapers. Unfortunately we had no size 3. So when you gave us the diapers we called the mom and gave her the size three. Again, thanks.”


Living a Healthy Life

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:00

2012-02-22-Living-a-Healthy-LifeEast St. Louis completed its third “Living a Healthy Life-Live Well, Be Well Workshop” Thursday, October 6, 2011. The site for the workshop was Pilgrim Temple CME Church located at 1800 Trendley Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Living a Healthy Life is a six week education workshop series for adults living with a chronic condition. The Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University developed the program to help people with chronic conditions gain self-confidence in their ability to manage their health. The sessions provided information about issues related to a variety of conditions – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, emphysema and many others.

Read more: Living a Healthy Life


Black Student Union (BSU)of Calumet College

Wednesday, 15 February 2012 14:16

2012-02-15-Black-Student-UnionThe Black Student Union (BSU)of Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, IN chose HealthVisions Midwest (HVM) for their community service project. They collected newborn baby items throughout the month of December for HVM’s Maternal Child Health programs in East Chicago and Gary. We and the many women we serve are so grateful for their generosity.

Pictured: (Left to right) BSU President, Krystal Williams, Mrs. Angela Wells, and Dr Jessica Madden present the donated items to Sr. Annemarie Kampwerth of HealthVisions


Food Justice In Local Low-Income Neighborhoods

Thursday, 26 January 2012 16:26

Upping the access to healthy foods in low-income areas, that's LaDonna Redmond's challenge to all.

"Health disparities impact the community at higher rates and generally those chronic diet-related diseases are hypertension and some forms of cancer" says Redmond, Senior Program Associate for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy.

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