What is a health advocate?
In congregations without faith community nurses, health ministries are coordinated by health advocates. Health advocates can be:
- Licensed practical nurses (LPNs)
- Physical/occupational therapists
- Social workers
- Athletic trainers
- Those interested in holistic health
Health advocates should possess the following qualities:
- Good communication skills
- Passion for serving the needs of others
- Non-judgmental attitude
- Excellent listening skills
- Willingness to learn
- Spiritual maturity
Health advocates work with Faith Health Initiative (FHI) to develop and implement curriculum based on congregational needs as identified by a health assessment and questionnaire. Volunteers are trained by FHI and equipped with necessary resources based on need. FHI continues their partnership through ongoing support, education and resources.
For more information on creating your own health ministry or becoming a health advocate contact Lutrell Lauderdale at 317-355-8703 or llauderdale@eCommunity.com or Lisa Fleetwood at 317-355-7801 or lfleetwood@eCommunity.com.