Lankenau’s Congregational Nurse Program is a unique collaboration between Lankenau and two faith communities in its service area; Christ Lutheran Community Church in Upper Darby and St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in West Philadelphia.
The goal of the program is to enhance the health status of citizens in Lankenau’s service area through outreach that is led by a registered nurse at each site. Duties include health education through the coordination of seminars, workshops and support groups, many which feature physicians and other health professionals from Lankenau; personal health counseling; acting as a referral source to help people utilize community resources and services, including referrals to Lankenau physicians and the Clinical Care Center, when appropriate; making home/hospital/nursing home visits and providing wellness screenings clinics. This last duty has recently been leveraged by the creation of the “Wellness Center Concept”.
Building on the Congregational Nurse model, we have instituted monthly drop-in programs which feature screenings, “Ask the Doctor”, health education and referral services. The goal is to solidify the reputation of the church sites as community health resources, strengthen referral linkages to the hospital, and train community health advocates to work with the Congregational Nurses.
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