Monthly Resources and Information

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society website has a lot of information to help you promote Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness in October. “Whether you or a loved one are worried about developing breast cancer, have just been diagnosed, are going through breast cancer treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, this detailed information can help you find the answers you need”.

If you visit the link above, you will see the following sections:

  • About Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Risk and Prevention
  • Breast Cancer Early Detection and Diagnosis
  • Understanding a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
  • Treating Breast Cancer
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Non-cancerous Breast Conditions
  • Living as a Breast Cancer Survivor
  • If You Have Breast Cancer

They also have downloadable pdfs at the bottom of the same page (use link above):

  • About and Key Statistics
  • Causes, Risks, Prevention
  • Detection and Diagnosis
  • Understanding Your Diagnosis
  • Treatment and Side Effects
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Next Steps After Treatment

Men are not left out either, check out their Breast Cancer in Men section for information specifically for men.

With all this information, you should have no problem picking what works best for your faith community; don’t forget to save the links in your browser for future reference or if you encounter someone after October that may need these resources.

Additional Website Resources

Oct: National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

Oct: National Physical Therapy Month

Nov: American Diabetes Month

Nov: National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

Dec: National Handwashing Awareness Week, Dec. 2-8

Jan: Cervical Health Awareness Month

To see additional focus health topics for October, November, December and January visit

Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-cigarettes

Tobacco-Free Kids is asking for your help. “E-cigarettes are hooking a new generation of kids, thanks to Big Tobacco tricks like slick marketing, thousands of kid-friendly flavors and massive doses of nicotine. Last year, e-cigarette use among high schoolers skyrocketed by 78%, to 1 in 5 students. This dangerous epidemic is putting millions of kids at risk and threatens decades of hard-fought progress in reducing youth tobacco use”.

Here are some facts:

  • 78% increase in e-cigarette use among high schoolers, 2018
  • 70% youth e-cigarette users who say flavors are the reason for their use
  • 97% of youth e-cigarette users, use flavored products
  • 15,000+ unique e-cigarette flavors – from mango and mint to gummy bear and cotton candy
  • 1 in 5 high schoolers use e-cigarettes

Visit their website for more information.

Great Recipes: Caprese Turkey Burgers and Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

The two recipes highlighted this month come from Enjoy these interesting and healthy recipes anytime of the year!

Caprese Turkey Burgers

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 472
Fat: 27g
Sodium: 715mg
Fiber: 4g
Protein: 33g

Zucchini Noodles with Avocado Pesto & Shrimp

Servings: 4

Nutrition Facts per serving
Calories: 446
Fat: 33g
Sodium: 713mg
Fiber: 7g
Protein: 26g

CHI & HMA – New Podcasts for Faith Community Nurses

In partnership with the Health Ministries Association (HMA), Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) has produced a series of podcasts specifically for faith community nurses. The following podcasts are available now on the Mission Online website. Anyone can also listen to them via Apple Podcasts, Google Play and Stitcher.

  • Reflections on the HMA Annual Conference
  • A Conversation with Pam Cipriano (past president, American Nurses Association) and Marlene Feagan (past president, Health Ministries Association)
  • Faith Community Nursing Scope and Standards: What’s New (with Aly Breisch, chair, HMA Scope and Standards Work Group)
  • A Mother’s Story of a Son Suffering with a Substance Abuse Disorder

Future podcasts for faith community nurses are in the works, visit often to access future posted podcasts.

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.