National Resource Links:

Children's Health

  • Birth Injury Center:   This easy to navigate and comprehensive website is dedicated to promoting awareness of common birth injuries and their causes. Their mission is to help users find helpful information on devastating birth injuries and their symptoms, causes, and treatment options.
  • Cerebral Palsy Information
    Cerebral Palsy is the most common physical disability in childhood, with a child being born with CP every hour. Our goal is to raise awareness globally for cerebral palsy and other birth injuries.
  • Cherish All Children:  Cherish All Children is a national Lutheran ministry of prayer, education, relationship-building, and action to prevent child sexual exploitation.
    A comprehensive resource offering safety guides for infants, families, patients and seniors, as well as publishing important health news, recalls and safety alerts.
    Drug safety page:

Faith, Health, and Healing

  • Church Health Center: The International Parish  Resource Center (INPRC) transitioned in 2011 to it's new home at the Church Health Center.  At the 2016 Westberg Symposium, it was announced that the INPRC had changed it's name to the Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing, in honor of Granger Westberg, the founder of Parish Nursing.
  • Westberg Institute for Faith Community Nursing: Information about the Westberg Institute, events, courses, and Symposiums.
  • Westberg's Faith Community Nursing page:  Information about Faith Community Nursing practice and standards, Foundation Courses and other FCN classes and events nationally.
  • Church Health Reader  A largIe variety of articles with great information for your health ministry.  Subscriptionsfor printed versions available as well.
  • Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Parish Nurse Newsletter and Health Information
    • Fall 2017: Providing a ministry ofpresence when caring for others. 
  • Partners in Health Newsletter from Holy Cross Health, Silver Spring, MD
    •  Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Program Winter 2017 issue of Partners in Health.
       Click here 
      This has excellant information and is an example of what Parish/Faith Community Nurses can do to reach out to people in their area.
  • Portico Benefit Services:   As an ELCA ministry, Portico offers health, flexible spending, retirement, disability, and survivor plans to help rostered leaders and lay employees strengthen their well-being. By living well as whole people of God, we believe we can better enhance the lives of others.
  • Portico Links to the Wellness Revolution:
  • To learn about the ELCA Wellness Reformation:
  • To access wellness activities like the Go challenge for individuals and congregations go to:
  • To find signs of a healthy leader go to:
  • Here is another link:
  • Toolkit developed by Emory University for developing public health and faith community partnerships
    The link to the toolkit is
    •   The toolkit describes 14 model practices unique to successful partnerships with the faith community. We feel it is valuable because it describes capacities that are unique to the faith community and is in a language and form that can be used: 1) to help public helth recognize the why and how to partner with this communirty and 2) gives language and meaning to the faith community about its distinctiveness and contributions they make to health, particularly reducing health disparities.
  • New blog, Full of Years, by Author and congregational consultant BOB SITZE,

    • In short written and video entries, Sitze casts his wry eye in the direction of older adult life. He aims his insights at spiritually minded and purposed individuals who want to seize rich opportunities to serve God with wisdom and joy.
      Sitze comments on his purpose: “I want to merge devotional thinking with positive approaches to senior living.” Directed towards the daily realities of older adults, the blog serves those already immersed in or approaching their later years—as well as those who care for them.
      A special audience: Congregational leaders who might use the blogs as part of a ministry that begins with appreciation of the assets and agency of older adults. Archival and comment features make the site useful well after the original posting dates.
    A comprehensive resource offering safety guides for infants, families, patients and seniors, as well as publishing important health news, recalls and safety alerts.
    Drug safety page:


  • Musical Reflections, Tami Briggs, Therapeutic Harpist, 

    Tami is a wonderful harpist and who produced many CD's that can be used for guided meditation, yoga devotions, relaxation exercises, helping with sleep problems and anxiety, to name a few, as well as for your listening enjoyment.  She also has books with CD's titled Reflections on Grieving, and Grace Notes: Reflections on the Harp and Healing.


  • ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio video:  the ANCC’s Certification Through Portfolio video tutorial is now available. Here is the link for your quick acces.  It is now live on YouTube:
  • Health Ministries Association:   HMA encourages, supports and empowers leaders in the integration of faith and health in their local communities.
  • International Journal of Faith Community Nursing (IJFCN) The official journal of Faith Community Nursing International (FCNI) 
    • The primary aim of IJFCN is to support the practice of faith community nurses worldwide through publication of research and best practices. This is a collaborative project with the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University through the University's TopSCHOLAR program. Access is available through FCNI's website, and
  • Journal of Christian Nursing: 
      JCN is an excellent journal for parish nurses!  Each quarter it publishes articles relevent to parish nursing. JCN offers spiritual sustainance, clinical content specific to mutliple practice areas, and professional insight for all nurses.   In every issue you will find articles
    approved by ANCC for relicensure and certification for parish nurses.  Online articles are also available through the web site.
  • Holistic healing:
    Parish Nurses Care for Body, Mind and Spirit
    A wonderful article based on interviews from our own ELPNA nurses.  It has also been put on the ELCA web site.
  • National Library of Medicine:


Options for Publication

Public Health Nursing:

Journal of Community Health Nursing:

Journal of Christian Nursing:

American Nurse Today (American Nurses Association):

Journal of Nursing Scholarship (Sigma Theta Tau International):

Nursing Outlook (Fellows of the American Academy of Nursing):

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials Million Hearts State Learning Collaborative:

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Academic Practice Partnership Page:

Million Hearts 100 Congregations:

Volunteer Opportunities

  •   Lutheran Global Health Volunteer program is all about creating sustainable relationships between volunteers and companion hospital staff in an effort for mutual learning experiences, be that medical or spiritual growth experiences. Furthermore, these service opportunities in Liberia, Tanzania, and India are fantastic ways to share the wonderful experiences of the ELPNA with companion hospitals. Most companion hospitals have extensive palliative and home care programs which parish nurses would be well-equipped to support.



Updated 12/27/17