Congregational Health E-News May 2017
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In April, Duet was named winner of the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce 2017 IMPACTful Nonprofit Award. 
Reflections from April Polley

Director of Congregational Health Services

Do you remember the May pole when you were in elementary school? Or perhaps making a nosegay to hang on a friend or neighbor’s front door on the first day of May? Definitely a quieter, gentler time!

May also brings a couple special days for me. The first is, of course, Mother’s Day, when I celebrate not only my Mother and Mother-in-law, but also the gifts God has given me. In the Old Testament, there is a woman named Hannah who did not have any children. She cried out to God and He blessed her with Samuel first, who she dedicated to the Lord, and then several other children. I was Hannah and did not have children. God brought me a daughter, a son, and subsequently their spouses, and three lovely grandchildren. Mother’s Day is a special day. Although you may not have children of your own, you have special people and spiritual children in your life.

The other significant time in May is National Nurses Day/Week. Nurse’s day originated as a celebration of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nurse Nightingale is the founder and leader of professional nursing. She took care of wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, under horrific conditions. If you have not heard her story, read a short synopsis of her life on the internet. You will be amazed!

On May 9th at 4:30 p.m., we will have a “Refresher” Course for Faith Community Nurses and we will be honoring the nurses who attend, as well as our founder, Florence Nightingale. If you haven’t signed up yet, please RSVP today! Please send your questions and concerns and we will address them.

Happy Mother’s Day and Nurses Day – do something special just for you!!
National Nurses Week 2017 May 6 - 12th
The American Nurses Association (ANA) has designated 2017 as the "Year of the Healthy Nurse."  View their website during National Nurses Week, May 6–12, as they explore this year’s theme, “Nursing: the Balance of Mind, Body, and Spirit.” It’s all about celebrating nurses like you who lead the charge for health and wellness.
Join the Free Webinar, A Nurse’s Guide to Preventing Compassion Fatigue, Moral Distress, and Burnout"
When: Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 10:00 am - 11:00 am AZ time
Register here as a member of ANA or guest by May 9th, 4:00 pm.  

Foundations of Faith Community Nursing
Course Refresher
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
Location: Duet 555 W. Glendale Ave, Phoenix, 85021 on the Campus of Church of the Beatitudes
Cost: Free and dinner is included.
Celebrate Nurse’s week with other Faith Community Nurses and learn in the process. Click here for refresher topics and flyer. If you would like to register, please email or call 602-274-5022. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 5th.  

Saint Patrick Behavioral Health Conference
Connecting our Community: Increasing Awareness and Sharing Behavioral Health Resources
When: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Saint Patrick Catholic Community
10815 N 84th St, Scottsdale, 85260
Cost: Free - Continental breakfast and lunch are included.
Goal of the conference is to raise awareness of behavioral health
issues, provide behavioral health knowledge and resources while building relationships among other conference attendees. View conference information/details. Click here to register.
Monthly Networking Sessions

Northwest Valley - Tuesday, April 11th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Mariposa Point of Surprise
16650 N. Stadium Way, Surprise, 85374.
RSVP by Monday, May 1st to Tammie Glass at

Central Valley - Wednesday May 17th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church
9424 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, 85021
Guest Speaker: Father Bill Faellea
Topic: Working with Families with Mental Illness
Lunch will be provided
RSVP to April at or 602-274-5022

Save the Dates:
Northwest Valley - Tuesday, June 13th, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Pacifica Senior Living, 9045 W. Athens, Peoria, 85382
RSVP by Monday, June 5th to Carol Lang at or 623-876-8300.

Central Valley - Wednesday June 21st, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Location: Trinity Lutheran Church
9424 N 7th Ave, Phoenix, 85021
Promote health in mind, body and spirit

Fall Foundations Course 2017
Friday and Saturday
September 15 - 16, 2017 &
October 13 - 14, 2017

Duet: 555 W. Glendale Ave
     Phoenix, 85021
      Campus of Church of the Beatitudes


Congregational Health:
The Role of Faith Community Nurses
In June, Duet is offering several information sessions to educate and engage Valley nurses (RN's) and congregations in the role of Faith Community Nursing and our program.
If you know other nurses who might be interested, please ask them to join us for one of these free Informational gatherings:

Date:  Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: King of Glory Lutheran Church
                 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, 85282

Date:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: St. Thomas More Catholic Church
                 6180 W. Utopia, Glendale, 85308

Date:  Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Location: Madison Baptist Church
                 6202 N. 12th St. Phoenix, 85014

RSVP:  Duet, 602-274-5022
Many thanks to the participating Faith Community Nurses and Congregations for their support. Additional detail will be provided in the June E-News.

Behavioral Health and Aging Council of Southern Arizona Presents: Healing with Humor
When: May 11, 2017, 8:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Desert Harmony Hospice of Tucson
1200 N. El Dorado Place Suite B-200, Tucson, 85715
Cost: Free of charge, Reservations not required
See flyer for more details.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
CDC's Public Health Grand Rounds are back!
Public Health Grand Rounds is a monthly webcast created to foster discussion on major public health issues. Each session focuses on key challenges related to a specific health topic, and explores cutting-edge scientific evidence and potential impact of different interventions.
Coming up:
Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Encore Presentation: Emerging Tickborne Diseases
Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Promoting hearing health across the lifespan

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Arizona Nurse Association

Franciscan Renewal Center

Glendale Health Center

Pima Council on Aging

Know of any upcoming events, classes, or resources that would be of interest to other faith community nurses?
Please email the information to: or phone 602-264-5022, X28.
About Duet

To promote health and well-being through a broad range of services to homebound adults, caregivers, faith communities and grandparents raising grandchildren.


A community where every person ages with compassion, dignity and hope.
555 W. Glendale Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85021
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