Educational Opportunities

Supporting Grievers of Traumatic Loss

Join us on Feb. 20, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. for the Greater Dayton Faith Community Nurse/Health Minister Network meeting at Ascension Catholic Church, 2025 Woodman Dr., Kettering, OH 45420.

We welcome Debbie Holt, MS, PCC-S, CT, Bereavement Counselor for Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, who will present on “Supporting Grievers of Traumatic Loss”. Grieving the sudden, traumatic loss of a loved one is a challenging experience. This continuing education activity will examine the common struggles of the griever, styles of grieving and helpful ways to provide support.

Following the presentation, we will also hear from Hall Hunger Initiative on the work being done in this community to address hunger and how faith communities and community members can get involved.

There are 1.5 social worker, counselor, marriage and family therapist contact hours available and registration is required. Download the flyer!

*Nurses: The Ohio Board of Nursing accepts Social Worker/Counselor hours for RN license renewal.

2020 Annual Medical Spirituality Conference – Suicide; Connection.Healing.Hope

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine will be sponsoring this offering on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at Sinclair College Conference Center (Building 12), 444 W. Third St., Dayton, 45402. The theme for this year is “Suicide; Connection.Healing.Hope”.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with nearly 50,000 lives lost annually. Rates have increased over 30% in the last 20 years, affecting all walks of life including children, military, minorities, seniors and LGBTQ. Join us at the 12th annual Wright State University Medical-Spirituality Conference as we explore the scope of the problem and consider the power of connection, healing and hope. We are pleased to have three keynote speakers: Dr. Christine Moutier, who is chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as well as Dr. Michael Weinstein, a trauma surgeon, who will share his personal story. Victor Armstrong, a social worker, will talk about suicide in the African American community.

Our goal for the conference is to bring light to the subject of suicide and, through connection, provide healing and hope. There will be afternoon breakout sessions such as Soul Shop, which will focus on suicide in the faith community and sessions about postvention and suicide in both the adolescent and LGBTQ communities.

Registration is required. For more information and to register visit their website

Soul Shop: Equipping Faith Community Leaders to Train their Congregations to Minister to Those Impacted by Suicide

Friday, April 17, 2020, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Health Ministries Program of Premier Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton and Samaritan Behavioral Health invite you to attend this event at Miami Valley Hospital South.

Suicide. We’ve got to talk about it even though people would rather not.

Suicide rates have increased by 30% over the last 20 years.  In 2018, close to 50,000 lives were lost to suicide and it is now the 2nd leading cause of death for youth age 10-24.

Then it is no surprise that one out of every two people in a given congregation has personally been affected by suicide.

Soul ShopTM trains faith community leaders to offer support, hope, and connection to those in their congregations, including:

  • Adults and youth who are considering suicide
  • Family members and friends who are anxious about a person who may be considering suicide
  • Persons who have lost a loved one to suicide
  • Second Day people – those who have been suicidal in the past but have found a way out of suicidal thinking

The Soul ShopTM experience demonstrates that with a few simple conversational tools you can save a life.  You can ease the suffering of someone dealing with the hopelessness and isolation that accompanies suicidal desperation.

Soul ShopTM equips participants with the resources and guidance they need to foster hope and healing in their community. This workshop is appropriate for ministers, youth leaders or anyone who wants to learn more about ways to walk alongside those whose lives have been touched by suicide.

Registration is required. For questions or more information, download the flyer or contact Michelle Randall or call (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454.

17th Annual Problem Gambling Conference

This event is scheduled for February 20 – 21, 2020 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center, 100 Green Meadows Drive South, Lewis Center, OH 43035.

The 17th Annual Ohio Problem Gambling Conference will bring together national experts, state leaders, and local innovators in problem gambling prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery, research, administration and responsible gambling.

Those interested in prevention and treatment of Gambling Disorder should attend, as well as behavioral professionals who want to learn more about the high incidence of co-occurring risky behaviors among youth, and addiction and mental illness disorders across the lifespan that are often identified as co-morbid with gambling problems. In addition, gambling industry professionals interested in promoting responsible gambling and working with service providers in their communities should participate.

To learn more visit the registration page.

Save-the-Date, E-Cigs and Weed: What Faith Communities Need to Know about Nicotine and Marijuana

The Health Ministries Program, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Services and Public Health-Dayton and Montgomery County are working together to offer this event on May 7, 2020. It will be held at the Business Solutions Center (BSC), 1435 Cincinnati Street, Dayton, just west of Rt. 75, off of S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.

JUUL and Big Tobacco have created the most serious adolescent public-health crisis our country has faced in decades. More than five million teens are vaping, with many suffering from severe addiction to the enormous amounts of nicotine contained in e-cigarettes. Nicotine harms their developing brains, and more scientific evidence about the dangers of vaping mounts by the day.

Participants of this workshop will learn the latest information on nicotine and marijuana as well as resources and information on safety, prevention and effective cessation.

This workshop is designed for faith community nurses, health ministers, clergy and staff, other health professionals and others with interest in these topics. Hold this date on your calendars, more information and registration will be out soon!

Contact Us

The health ministries program is honored to be serving faith communities in Southwest Ohio for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their congregations. To learn more about how we can assist your faith community, contact us.

Michelle Randall, Program Coordinator
1046 Brown St. (Catholic Social Services building, second floor)
Dayton, Ohio 45409
Phone: (937) 227-9454(937) 227-9454
Fax: (937) 341-8838

Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

We are often out in the community at meetings and working with faith communities. If you want to stop by the office, we recommend that you call or email first.