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(Re)Claiming the Church's Role in Promoting Health

A Practical Framework

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000176
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(Re)Claiming the Church's Role in Promoting Health: A Practical Framework


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General Purpose: To provide a framework for parish nurses to reclaim the church's foundational ministries of health, healing and wholeness, with specific opportunities afforded by the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

Learning Objectives: After completing this continuing education activity you will be able to:

  1. Identify the church's historic role in promoting health, including scriptural references.
  2. Delineate practical applications for the modern church's health promotion ministry.
  1. The study of the impact of religion and spirituality on health is termed
    1. religious catechism.
    2. cultural anthropology.
    3. theosomatic medicine.
  2. Governments and academic institutions recognize faith communities as important community partners because of their
    1. solid financial foundation.
    2. access to hard to reach groups.
    3. political advantages.
  3. Work based wellness programs recognize that healthy employees increase
    1. productivity.
    2. church involvement.
    3. insurance costs.
  4. Health ministry is best described as a
    1. program.
    2. process.
    3. goal.
  5. As described by Chase-Zioleck (2005a), health ministry is rooted in
    1. individual programs.
    2. health professionals.
    3. scripture.
  6. What is one of the central themes for the health ministry framework proposed by the author?
    1. Looking Outward
    2. Standing Together
    3. Working for Others
  7. How is the body described in 1 Corinthians 6:19-20?
    1. God's image
    2. a living sacrifice
    3. the temple of Holy Spirit
  8. The Looking Inward theme challenges the church to articulate scriptural support for
    1. self-reflection.
    2. self-care.
    3. care of the sick.
  9. Church event menus, food pantries, and gardening all provide opportunities to
    1. analyze scripture.
    2. promote exercise.
    3. increase access to healthy food.
  10. Krukowski et (2010) found that, compared with those in a standard program, women in a Catholic-tailored weight loss program
    1. lost more weight.
    2. experienced smaller weight regain.
    3. expressed a more positive body image.
  11. With whom does the Faithful Families initiative of the Eat Smart, Move More North Carolina state program work?
    1. schools
    2. local governments
    3. congregations
  12. Scott Morris (2012) from the Memphis Church Health Center challenges us to
    1. care for all of society's sick and disabled.
    2. reclaim the health of the body.
    3. provide healing through direct service.
  13. What is one implication of the Good Samaritan biblical passage?
    1. providing access to care
    2. caring for those who are like ourselves
    3. practicing effective primary prevention
  14. Caring for and being with those who are ill is a challenge recognized within the theme
    1. Looking Inward.
    2. Reaching Out.
    3. Standing Together.
  15. Within the Reaching Out theme, one Affordable Care Act opportunity for health ministries is assuming the role of
    1. healthcare navigator.
    2. support group leader.
    3. health educator.
  16. Isaiah 58 addresses health as an issue of
    1. self-respect.
    2. individual achievement.
    3. justice.
  17. In Healthy Human Life: A Biblical Witness, Jim Bruckner discusses wholeness as requiring
    1. spiritual grounding.
    2. collective choices.
    3. individual responsibility.
  18. Which of these does the author specify as a root cause of illness?
    1. racism
    2. healthcare inaccessibility
    3. poverty
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