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Medical Care/Mental Health Care

Holy Name Province ministries work to help fill existing medical and mental health service gaps in a variety of ways, and try to effect broader change through advocacy action.

Review some of the Province advocacy efforts and direct service work in pursuit of improved medical and mental health care outreach.

To add to the list, contact Fran Eskin-Royer in Holy Name Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.

Advocacy

advocacyEfforts that use community organizing and/or dialogue with local and national officials to address the needs of people and/or creation


HEALTHCARE REFORM

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Long Beach Township, N.J.
The parish held a 2009 postcard campaign to express support for efforts to bring about healthcare reform. 
Contact:  

St. Camillus Parish 
Silver Spring, Md.
The parish educated and advocated in support of health care reform; efforts included a 2009 postcard campaign. 
Contact: Ray Nosbaum

Direct Service

serviceEfforts that work to address the immediate needs of people and/or creation.


ATHENS NURSES’ CLINIC

Catholic Center at University of Georgia 
Athens, Ga.
As part of its social justice outreach, the Catholic Center at UGA partners with Athens Nurses Clinic which provides free health and dental care to no/low income uninsured individuals in Athens-Clarke County and Northeast Georgia.  The Catholic Center has collected monetary donations, and assisted with the clinic’s personal hygiene kit drive. 
Contact: Alayne Makula


BLOOD BANK DONATIONS

Siena College 
Loudonville, N.Y. 
The Siena College Red Cross Club organizes periodic blood drives throughout the school year. Read a story about one of Siena’s Blood Drives.
Contact: Judy Dougherty  

St. Bonaventure Parish 
Paterson, N.J.
The parish provides space for local blood drives every other year.
Contact:  


DUKE CANCER PATIENT SUPPORT

Immaculate Conception Parish 
Durham, N.C.
Ministry participants provide a compassionate presence for cancer patients and help to make their visits (diagnosis, treatment and after-care) less stressful. 
Contact: Janet Csarney


DUKE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL MINISTRY

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Raleigh, N.C.
Ministry participants work to provide four parties a year for the outpatient children at Duke Hospital, and joy and respite to both the children and their parents as they manage the sadness and drudgery of illness and doctor visits. For information, visit the parish website. 
Contact: Ginny Winckelmann


FRANCIS HOUSE AIDS MINISTRY

St. Anthony of Padua Parish 
Camden, N.J.
Francis House is a community that creates a place for those who are infected with HIV and for their families and friends so they might share companionship, lunch and friendship in a trusting, caring, safe environment where no one is judged and no questions are asked. Through the effort to create an environment conducive to trusting relationships, the community works to foster the creation and/or implementation of services and the use of resources for those affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS. More information may be found on the parish website.
Contact: Susan Piliro


HEALING SERVICES

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish 
Hartford, Conn.
A healing service for suicide survivors, and those affected by abortion, HIV/AIDS is held annually on the 3rd Saturday in November, the International Suicide Survivors’ Day.
Contact: Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM 

St. Patrick Friary
Buffalo, N.Y.
Healing services are offered Wednesdays, every 6 weeks, in the friary from 7-8pm, followed by refreshments and fellowship. The heart of these services is to pray for physical, mental, emotional and spiritual healing, The group also prays in a special way for “healing of memories,” for people suffering from abuse of any sort, as well as from guilt for anything they’ve done.
Contact: Fr. Fran Pompei, OFM


HEALTH SCREENINGS

St. Anthony of Padua Parish 
Camden, N.J.
Health screenings, including screenings for diabetes, are hosted by the parish. 
Contact: Rina Abreu

St. Bonaventure Parish 
Paterson, N.J.
The parish hosts “Life Line Screening” every other year so that members of the community can receive affordable, safe, and reliable preventative health screenings in a convenient location.
Contact: 

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Long Beach Township, N.J.
Every Tuesday from 10-12noon, the parish nurse provides free blood pressure screenings at the St. Francis Community Center (Room 106).
Contact:  Connie Becraft


HELP WITH DENTAL CARE

St. Anthony of Padua Parish 
Greenville, S.C.
St. Anthony’s works in collaboration with Catholic Charities to provide dentures, both partial and full, to people who otherwise could not afford them. While the government will pull teeth at no expense to qualified clients, it will not pay for the replacements, so this ministry tries to help fill this service gap.
Contact: Mary Corner 


MYCHAEL JUDGE RECOVERY CENTER

St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center 
Boston, Mass. 
A substance abuse counseling and retreat program onsite at St. Anthony Shrine. For further details, visit the ministry website.
Contact: Anthony Andreottola 


PRE-MED STUDENTS SERVE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Siena College 
Loudonville, N.Y.
Siena College students serve the poor and marginalized around the world as part of the Siena College- Albany Medical College program. The students engage in nonmedical work with the disadvantaged in urban ghettos or developing nations. For details, visit the college website.
Contact: Dr. Edward LaRow 


RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE SERVICE

St. Francis of Assisi Parish 
Raleigh, N.C.
St. Francis parishioners provide dinners to families staying at Durham’s Ronald McDonald House once a month while their children receive medical treatment. For more information, visit the parish website. 
Contact: Julie & Jason Huckaby


SHOWERS FOR AIDS/HIV BABIES GIVEN EVERY OTHER SPRING

St. Bonaventure Parish 
Paterson, N.J.
As part of its Ministry to Social Concerns, the parish organizes a shower for babies with HIV/AIDS every other year. For more information visit the parish website. 
Contact: 


TRANSPORTATION MINISTRY

St. Anthony of Padua Parish 
Greenville, S.C.
This ministry transports individuals who are unable to drive themselves to and from church or other appointments. 
Contact: Debbie Anderson 


WELLNESS CENTERS

St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center 
Boston, Mass.
The Center offers screening for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol at no cost. In addition to health screenings, it offers facilitated referrals to local physicians and medical facilities along with health education seminars. The Wellness Center is open every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM and two Sundays per month from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM. Services are free to all. For more information, visit the ministry website. 
Contact: Sr. Patricia Barrett 

St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish 
Hartford, Conn.
The Wellness Center on Church Street, a partnership between the Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry and Saint Joseph College (West Hartford), serves the poor and underserved people of Hartford by providing basic medical services for people who are without health care benefits. For information, visit the parish website. 
Contact: Trudi White