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Introducing Health Ministry in a Rural American Church

Abell, Cathy; Blankenship, Maire

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000641
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ABSTRACT: Americans living in rural areas often encounter health disparities due to lack of access to healthcare. Establishing health promotion programs in rural church settings presents opportunities for nurses and other healthcare professionals to serve their communities and live out Christian faith. This article describes a health ministry program that was successfully implemented in a small, rural church using the Healthy People 2020 MAP-IT framework.

Cathy Abell, PhD, RN, is a professor in the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. She teaches in the MSN and DNP programs and is a member of Faith Community Nurses International.

Maire Blankenship, DNP, RN, is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing at Western Kentucky University, teaching in the MSN and DNP programs. She also practices part-time in oncology/hematology as a Family Nurse Practitioner.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 10/8/2018.

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