Health Ministry Team Training

Wednesday, October 18 1-5:30 p.m. and 6:30-9 p.m.

Presented by Judy Johnston, this series of three courses was originally developed for the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund’s Healthy Congregations program. Normally tailored to United Methodist health ministry audiences, the training content has been updated with an ecumenical perspective for this event.

Health Ministry 101 includes an orientation to health ministry and team-building in church settings. Outcomes-Based Planning introduces the socio-ecological model and provides tools for program planning. Program Evaluation & Using Data covers evaluation methods, tools, and questions to measure progress toward goals. This training series fulfills certification requirements for Great Plains Healthy Congregations team members.

Judy Johnston MS, RD/LD, is a graduate of the Coordinated Undergraduate Program in Dietetics, Kansas State University. She also holds a master’s degree in Adult and Occupational Education from Kansas State University. Following graduation, Ms. Johnston pursued an 18 year career in hospital dietetics, practicing clinical, management and teaching dietetics in Wichita hospitals. During this time she held many office and served on many committees within the Kansas Dietetic Association and the American Dietetic Association, and was a Certified Diabetes Educator. In 1990, Ms. Johnston left the hospital to pursue a career in public health, including development of the nationally-recognized Kansas LEAN initiative. She has served as PI or Investigator on numerous research and program development grants from NIH, Robert Wood Johnson, Kansas Health Foundation, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund, Sunflower Foundation and others. Ms. Johnston has received a number of awards for her work in public health, including the prestigious Anita Owen Award from the American Dietetic Association Foundation, recognizing innovation in nutrition education, the Virginia Lockhart Award for Outstanding Public Health Education from the Kansas Public Health Association, numerous citations and awards for her work to develop and support the National Cancer Institute’s 5 A Day for Better Health community-based initiatives, and for her work with Extension, 4-H, and the American Cancer Society.

As a Research Instructor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health at KUSM-W, Ms. Johnston continues to develop and pursue grants to support her research and she teaches in the Masters of Public Health Program. Her research interests are nutrition and physical activity with a focus on built environment, community leadership development, collaborative community approaches to health risk behaviors, faith-based health promotion and clergy self-care, and oral health disparities. Ms. Johnston is an author/co-author of 22 journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at numerous national and international meetings. She is a Kansas Health Foundation Leadership Fellow, a Kansas Community Leadership Fellow, a Kansas Public Health Leadership Fellow, a Lance Armstrong Cancer Advocate, and currently serves as faculty for the Kansas Leadership Center.

Ms. Johnston and her husband Bill reside in Wichita, KS. They have one daughter, Lorien, who also lives in Wichita with her husband Greg and their two perfect granddaughters.