Through Texas Health’s Faith Community Nursing (FCN) program, we can reach people outside of the traditional hospital or clinic setting to provide education and resources that will help improve their health and well-being.
Wellness, Prevention and Wholeness
FCN promotes wellness, prevention and wholeness before, during and after disease. The program creates safe and sacred places for healing and advocates for compassion, mercy and dignity at Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations in North Texas.
Volunteers are unpaid registered nurses and health promoters who share their time and expertise outside of their jobs to:
- Educate congregation members about healthy lifestyles and encourage healthy behaviors
- Host flu clinics, health screenings and speakers on such topics as chronic disease self-management or advanced care planning
- Lead support groups as needs arise
- Facilitate access to health care services
Driven by a “local knows best” philosophy, FCN nurses and promoters survey congregations on their health interests and needs to determine future programs and activities — all within the context of holistic care for the body, mind and spirit. All services are provided free of charge.
More than 225 nurse volunteers put their faith into action by serving 115 faith communities during 2018, which included faith-based community centers for the first time. Additionally, Texas Health developed a congregational care kit to reduce the stigma of mental health and trained Faith Community Health Promoters at four hospitals.
Read more about our community collaborations in our Texas Health Community Responsibility & Sustainability Report.