Thursday, April 25 – Pre-Retreat Training

Healthy Congregations Certification Training – Judy Johnston

1-4 p.m. – Health Ministry 101
4-5:30 p.m. – Outcomes-Based Planning
5:30 p.m. – Dinner
7-9 p.m. – Program Evaluation & Using Data

Friday, April 26 – Retreat Day One

Sessions in Heritage Hall unless otherwise noted

9:00 a.m. – Check-in opens

10:00 – Keynote -Health is More than What Happens in Your Doctor’s Office
Dr. Kate Kingery MPA
Deputy Director, Community Transformation, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps

Health is more than what happens in our doctor’s office; it’s about the places where we learn, live, work, and pray. For more than a decade, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R), a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, has shown that where we live matters to how well and how long we live. CHR&R focuses on the many factors that contribute to health in local communities across the country, including health behaviors, access to clinical care, social and economic conditions, and physical environments.

This session will show how CHR&R data, evidence, guidance, and stories can help us identify how to make our own communities a healthy place for everyone. Drawing on examples from communities, like Allen County, KS, we will talk about what it can mean when people work collectively to build to a Culture of Health. Together, we’ll explore how faith leaders can share a call to action and engage with others to create opportunities for everyone to live their healthiest lives.

Morning worship
Rev. Todd Guinn, Ulysses UMC

Noon – Lunch, Williams Dining Hall

12:45 – 2:15 p.m.  Panel #1: Community Spotlight
Lisse Regehr, Thrive Allen County
Karen Braman, KS Hospital Association
Shelley Rich, Wichita YMCA

2:15 Brief Break

2:30-3:30 Panel #2: Feeding Our Hungry Neighbors with Action and Advocacy
Joey Hentzler, Kansas Appleseed
Matt Freeman, Big Garden

Learn what food insecurity and hunger look like in our region. Public policy issues and how we can advocate both nationally and locally will be highlighted. Participants will learn about local responses to hunger and gain ideas for activity in their own communities.

3:30 Break

4:00 Breakout sessions – choose one

# 1: How Healthy is Your Community? – Kate Kingery
This hands on, interactive workshop will further explore the County Health Rankings snapshot in local counties. We will walk through key measures of health to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement, as well as look at differences in health outcomes based on demographics. We will further look at the social and economic factors that contribute to differences in health and reflect on how to learn from and engage with residents in our own communities.

#2:  Growing Justice Together: The Big Garden Program – Matt Freeman 

This session will center on food insecurity and local responses to hunger – particularly community gardening. Participants will learn what hunger looks like in the region, hear about the work of The Big Garden and discuss how we can work together to grow justice through food.

#3:  Expanded Opportunities for Healthy Congregation Teams – David Jordan, Katie Schoenhoff, Lisse Regehr
The Board of the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has approved additional resources to support the work of the Healthy Congregations teams.  Learn about these new opportunities to expand your work to benefit the health of your congregation and community.

#4:  Holy Yoga to Inspire – Amy Bowers
Yoga is a mind-body-spiritual practice that can benefit most people regardless of physical ability.  Regular practice yields greater focus with increased breathing, flexibility, balance, strength and calmness. The history and benefits of yoga will be shared and participants will engage in a 30-minute gentle yoga session.  You are encouraged to bring a mat.

#5: Faces of Displacement: Let Their Voices be Heard – Dr. Debra Bolton
This interactive session takes participants along the routes of refugees and other immigrants who come to Kansas seeking education, safety, peace, and economic opportunities.  In a setting of interaction and self-reflection, those present will work toward understanding the joys and challenges faced by new neighbors as they adopt new homelands.  We will also learn about the conditions that brought them here.

5:30 p.m. Dinner, Williams Dining Hall

7:00 p.m. Friday Night Fun, Heritage Hall auditorium
Folk Music Sing-A-Long: Join the Neighboring Movement team for a folk music sing-a-long. Songbooks are provided. Bring an instrument if you want to play along, or just be ready to sing, or just come and enjoy the company while listening.

Saturday, April 27 – Retreat Day Two

Below sessions in Heritage Hall unless otherwise noted

7:30 a.m. – Breakfast, Williams Dining Hall

8:00 – Morning Worship

8:30 a.m. Panel # 3: Community Responses to Behavioral Health Concerns
Kaley Conner, High Plains Mental Health Center; Matt Johnson & Adam Barlow-Thompson, Neighboring Movement by SoCe Life

9:30 – Break

9:45 – 10:45 – Breakout sessions – choose one

#6:  Offering Affordable Child Care in a Church – Starla Wells
On June 5th, 2017, Hutchinson’s Our Redeemer Lutheran Church opened the doors to Our Redeemer Early Learning Center (ELC) to meet a desperate need for developmentally appropriate, affordable, Christian Child Care.  Many groups cooperated with the financing and oversight of this venture and shared in our Congregation’s great dedication to make this ministry a reality.    Learn a brief story of our ups and downs and where we stand as our ELC soon turns 2 years of age!!

#7:  Planting Seeds to Better Your Community – Shelley Rich

#8:  Introduction to the Neighboring Movement – Adam Barlow-Thompson & Matt Johnson
Learn effective practices and best principles of neighboring as a tool for community development. This workshop will be an overview and update about the work of the Neighboring Movement. Presenters will share how their work has evolved since last year’s Conference and introduce a neighboring toolkit created in partnership with the Health Fund and designed especially for Healthy Congregation Churches.

#9:  Pray as You Go – Prayer Walk
Join a structured prayer walk around the beautiful and restful grounds of Rock Springs Ranch.  We’ll gather at the front door of Heritage Hall for a spiritual experience in the natural beauty of God’s creation, weather permitting.

#10:   What’s Faith Got to do with it? Values, Advance Care Planning: Our Roles as Trusted Messengers – John Carney, Center for Practical Bioethics

Faith communities can have a role in educating and preparing patients and families to participate actively in shared health decision-making. Trusted messengers who exhibit culturally-sensitive skills can provide invaluable assistance to those who avoid conversations about serious illness. Faith leaders share a collective “duty of care” that prompts us to explore and expand our resources and skills in an aging society in rural and urban settings.

11:00 – Saturday Plenary

12:15 – Closing Lunch, Williams Dining Hall