Connected, but not connected: Social Isolation and Health OutcomesDr. Justin Moore

Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Humans are social creatures – to survive, and thrive, we need connection and companionship with others throughout life. In his Friday keynote, Dr. Moore will discuss the health implications of loneliness and how, although we now have the ability to communicate instantly with anyone around the world, social isolation is a growing problem. Justin will also talk  about potential interventions, both clinical and social, for our patients or congregants who may be isolated and lonely.

Why Neighbor?Adam Barlow-Thompson

Saturday, 8:30 a.m.
Most people intuitively know that being a good neighbor is a good idea.

The Neighboring Movement, based out of South Central Wichita, believes it is also a movement started by Jesus. During his keynote address, Adam will lay out the five reasons why neighboring is an essential  expression of what it means to be Christian. The argument for neighboring is wide and deep, and includes transformation of individuals, neighborhoods, and faith communities.

Friday Workshops

Addiction & OpioidsShane Hudson & Brenda Haaga
Central Kansas Foundation (Salina) staff Shane Hudson and Brenda Haaga will discuss the basics of addiction, the difference between physical dependence and addiction, resources available to assist those who are addicted, and specific information about opioid use in Kansas. Detailed information of what constitutes an addiction, a brain disease often misunderstood in society, will be provided. Physical tolerance and withdrawal are components of addiction, but a broader discussion of physical dependence will help those in attendance understand the use of medication for those suffering from addiction. Currently, a great deal of energy and resources are focused on addressing the opioid epidemic. The presenters will outline agency and state efforts in this area.

Healthy Congregations Planning and Technical Assistance – Judy Johnston & Katie Schoenhoff
A question and answer time about possible programs and strategies to support the local Healthy Congregations team’s chosen initiatives. Katie Schoenhoff and Judy Johnston will answer questions about the program, including how to use the health needs assessment tool to guide your planning, and how to complete the streamlined report form. This time will also be an opportunity for teams to share their successes and challenges. All team members attending the retreat are encouraged to participate together in this session.

More Than Pills & ScalpelsJustin Moore
Over 80 percent of health outcomes are attributable to social determinants of health such as wealth, access to quality food, and our zip code. Dr. Moore will workshop interventions for diabetic patients that can happen in the 99% of their lives that aren’t spent in doctors’ offices.

Navigating the Second Half of LifeRev. Dr. Clayton Smith
For many, looking toward retirement brings a mix of both excitement and anxiety. Retirement can be the most purpose-filled, satisfying, and fun phase of your life, but getting there takes thoughtful planning and can seem daunting. Rev. Dr. Clayton Smith, Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, will present workshops based on his recent book “At the Crossroads: Leadership Lessons for the Second Half of Life” (co-written with COR member Dave Wilson) – a six-week, Bible-based study offering comprehensive, practical help for Christians approaching, entering, or already in retirement. Come away with lessons you can use to help those in your congregation (including yourself!) discover their purpose, passion, and mission for the second phase of life known as retirement – and map out a path to get there.

Pray As You Go
Join a structured Prayer Walk around the grounds of Rock Springs Ranch. We’ll gather in Heritage Hall then move outdoors for a spiritual experience in the natural beauty of God’s creation, weather permitting.

Stronger Together: Opportunities for Local Collaborations and Partnerships – Ronnette Sailors
Healthy faith communities are wellness centers, whether the realize it or not, and can be great partners in promoting healthy communities. Based on Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, we are stronger together! We will look at examples of collaborative partnerships, opportunities and barriers involved, and application in local settings.

What Can We Do With a Rotisserie Chicken and Some Imagination? – Judy Johnston
We’ll make 3 different Naan bread pizzas and chicken cauliflower fried rice. Then we’ll make an apple slaw to round out our meals. Come to participate in the cooking and enjoy tasting these healthy recipes!

Saturday Workshops

Basic Neighboring Skills – by the Neighboring Movement team
The Neighboring Movement team has taken years of learnings and put them into the best practices for neighboring. During this workshop, the team will talk about practical tips to meet neighbors, work with neighborhood leadership, and revitalize congregations with neighboring.

Care Leaders – Kendal Carswell
Effective coordination of health care from a patient-centered perspective can greatly improve health outcomes and quality of life for those in our congregations and communities. Care Leaders facilitate whole-person health while helping people avoid emergency room visits and hospitalization through preventive and primary care. Kendal Carswell will present insights from the Person-Centered Case Management & Care Coordination model and illustrate ways congregations can care for their members and neighbors by:

  • Helping identify individual health needs and goals
  • Assisting in health system navigation including appointment scheduling, referrals, and transportation
  • Engaging individuals in self-care for prevention and chronic condition management
  • Assessing and mapping community resources to connect patients to available providers and services
  • Identifying fellow congregants needing additional social supports
  • Addressing social determinants of health which play a large role in health outcomes

Holy Yoga: Beginners Yoga to Inspire (no yoga experience needed) – Amy Bowers
Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice that can benefit most people regardless of physical ability. The benefits of a regular yoga practice include greater focus, increase in breath, flexibility, balance, strength, calmness in spirit, and many others. We will learn the history and benefits, and discover why yoga has become a worldwide phenomenon.  We will participate in a 30 minute gentle yoga experience that will be worshipful and inspirational. Bringing your own mat is encouraged.

Holy Yoga: Inspirational Flow Yoga (yoga experience preferred) – Amy Bowers
Yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice that can benefit most people regardless of physical ability. The benefits of a regular yoga practice include greater focus, increase in breath, flexibility, balance, strength, calmness in spirit, and many others. We will learn the history and benefits, and discover why yoga has become a worldwide phenomenon.  This Yoga class is geared toward persons with some yoga experience. We will participate in a 30-minute yoga flow experience that will be worshipful and inspirational.  Bringing your own mat is encouraged.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy – Deb Andres
Physical activity is important to keeping us healthy and maintaining our stamina. Too often, our level of physical activity declines increasingly sharply as we age. Deb Andres will introduce participants to a K-State Research and Extension program offered across the state that is designed to help people regain and maintain their strength and stamina.

Stay Strong, Stay Healthy (SSSH) is an evidence-based eight-week program for older adults that meets recommendations for muscle strength to improve health and quality of life. Included in the session will be some basic chair stretches and exercises that you can do nearly anytime, anyplace! Deb will also share additional health and wellness resources available through your local Research and Extension office. See for more information.

Stop the Bleed, Save a Life – Cathy Booton & Jackie Robbins
Today we live in a world where terrorism, the actions of unstable people, and the dangerous impulses of friends and relatives are very real and becoming increasingly more frequent.Uncontrolled bleeding is the number one preventable cause of death from trauma – victims can die within five to ten minutes if bleeding is not stopped. Similar to learning and performing CPR, learning proper bleeding control techniques including use of hands, dressings, and tourniquets, can help save lives.  With basic training, anyone at the scene can act as immediate responder and save lives if they know what to do.  This class will cover the basics of emergency bleeding control and may help you save a life one day.