Wellness Screening Events are Here!
Faith Community Nurse Network has partnered with the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the Department of Human Services Live Well at Home Grant, and the Board on Aging to provide 16 whole person wellness screenings at the community level. The screening events give opportunities for individuals 60+ to engage in all 8 dimensions of wellness to take charge of their health (e.g., spiritual, social, emotion, financial, environmental, physical, vocation, and intellectual). The tool itself is HIPAA compliant and developed in partnership with the International Council on Active Aging, the University of Minnesota School of Nursing with input from multiple subject matter experts from Collaborative Partners and FCNN Board level leadership. To note, the spiritual assessment we will be using is a modified version of the HOPE assessment shared during our June 2022 Symposium led by Sondra Weinzierl on Spiritual Care.
So far, we have over half of our call to communities interested in hosting answered. Going forward, we are looking for several FCNs willing to pioneer this new and exciting work together. We recently held our first event and a Collaborative Partner cooperative housing community. People who attended discovered new dreams and wellness goals they have based on their strength and interests. Of those people, some also discovered they have high blood pressure, they need to lose weight, they need to address cognitive changes associated with dementia, and/or they need to address active mental health concerns. We continue to improve the wellness tool and process. So far, this new tool in our toolbox is becoming very helpful indeed to address FCNN’s mission: to advance faith community nursing by providing a whole-person approach to individual and population health.
What is included in the wellness screen?
- Develop a Whole-Person Wellness Plan
- Speak to a nursing student and Registered Nurse about your overall wellness & barriers you face
- Set individualized goals
- Learn about your body composition metrics
- Screen for cognitive changes or depression on your terms
- Get connected to resources in YOUR community that can support your wellness goals
What is included in the wellness screen clinically?
- Blood Pressure
- Oxygen Level
- Body Composition
- Body Fat % (including Visceral Fat reading)
- Resting Metabolism
- Skeletal Muscle %
- Memory Screen – Mini cog with opportunity for MoCA screening (with Care Partner following event) if needed
- Depression Screen – PHQ-2 with PHQ-9 during event if needed
- Live Well at Home Rapid Screen
What is the cost for the initial screen?
- Initial screening event is free for faith communities in the Greater Twin Cities
- FCNs can work with FCNN and other funding agencies for sustainability planning thereafter
How long is the event? The wellness screen itself?
- Event days are based on UMN School of Nursing public health clinicals (Fall 2022 Tuesdays 8- Noon – subject to change Spring 2023 to Thursdays)
- The wellness screen itself generally takes an hour assuming the participant opts into all offered screenings.
How will this help my practice?
- FCNs may receive a general summary of results (program priorities, community level summary)
- For FCNs willing to actively participate and collaborate directly with FCNN and Henry Ford, we can develop a plan for the FCN to access to individual level reporting
Do you have questions?
If you have questions about bringing a Wellness Screening Event to your community, or would just like additional information about the program, contact Jessica Drecktrah, Chief Nursing Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-237-4639 or Sam Sleeman, Operations Director, at email@example.com or 651-204-0904.
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Our evidence-based programs are supported by funding from the Live Well at Home grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services & a grant from Minnesota Board on Aging.