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Search Results: MCH Organizations

This list of organizations is drawn from the MCH Organizations Database. Contact information is the most recent known to the MCH Digital Library.

Displaying records 1 through 11 (11 total).

Bethesda Communities

Annotation: Bethesda Lutheran Communities offers Christian education and residential rehabilitation services to people with mental retardation. It also offers short term and respite care, a fully accessible camp, day services, and case management. In addition to its main campus in Watertown, WI, Bethesda operates 37 community living facilities in ten states. Through its National Christian Resource Center, Bethesda offers free information and referral services nationwide, systems advocacy, resources for special religious education, staff training video modules, and workshops for religious and secular providers. Conferences and training seminars are sponsored as well. Publications include a catalog and newsletter. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Keywords: Case management Religious organizations, Developmental disabilities, Family support, Mental retardation, Respite care

Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)

Annotation: The St. Louis-based Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA), founded in 1915, supports the Catholic health ministry’s pursuit of the strategic directions of mission, ethics, and advocacy. As a large national group of not-for-profit sponsors, systems, and facilities, the ministry is committed to improving the health status of communities and creating quality and compassionate health care that works for everyone.

Keywords: Hospitals, Advocacy, Associations, Education, Health care systems, Leadership, Libraries, Nursing homes, Policy development, Religious organizations, Research, Statistics, Surveys

Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives

Annotation: The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives works within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create an environment that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as partners in assisting Americans in need. The center provides technical assistance, collaborates with religious and neighborhood organizations, and provides training for center staff so that they can better understand how to reach out and partner with these organizations. In addition, the center offers toolkits, fact sheets, and other resources covering a variety of topics to enhance the work of faith-based and community organizations.

Keywords: Religious organizations, Community based agencies, Community programs, Faith, Outreach, Technical assistance, Training

Christian Reformed Church in North America, Disability Concerns

Annotation: The Division of Disability Concerns of the Christian Reformed Church seeks to promote the full participation of people with disabilities in the life of the church. The division encourages support groups and respite care, and it works with Christian service providers, support organizations, and local and national religious and professional organizations to provide referrals, information, education, and encouragement to church leaders and members of the congregation. Publications include a newsletter, Breaking Barriers. Some conferences and training seminars are offered.

Keywords: Clergy, Disabilities, Inclusion, Mental retardation, Religious organizations

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Annotation: The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is a non-profit, membership organization dedicated to presenting an Islamic perspective on public issues. The CAIR Research Center conducts research on the American Muslim experience.

Keywords: Muslims, Religious organizations


Annotation: Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is a volunteer women's organizationpromoting the unity of the Jewish people. Through its "Healthy Women, Healthy Lives" program initiative, Hadassah provides educational materials on health and wellness, including information on patient/doctor communication, exercise, nutrition, and prevention and early detection of diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease. Each issue of Hadassah's quarterly Health Memo focuses on a specific issue in women's health.

Keywords: Religious organizations, Women, Consumer education, Health promotion, Prevention, Publications , Religion, Women', s health

National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAfIM)

Annotation: The National Apostolate for Inclusion Ministry (NAFIM) formerly The National Apostolate with People with Mental Retardation, promotes participation of individuals with mental retardation in the Roman Catholic Church. It works to enhance the personal growth and well being of people with mental retardation through involvement in their lives, and it advocates to draw public attention to the spiritual, interpersonal, and other contributions made to society by people with mental retardation. Services to consumers include referrals, programs and publications. NAFIM publishes a newsletter and online journal, provides networking opportunities around the country, sponsors workshops for parishes, dioceses and seminaries, and sponsors summer conferences.

Keywords: Mental retardation, Clergy, Health promotion, Information services, Religion, Religious organizations, Spanish language materials

National Catholic Paratnership on Disability (NCPD)

Annotation: The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD), formerly the National Catholic Office for Persons with Disabilities, founded in 1982, provides workshops, retreats, and resources for pastoral ministries to promote the principles expressed in the 1978 "Pastoral Statement of U.S. Catholic Bishops on People with Disabilities." It assists pastoral workers in their ministry and encourages the appointment of diocesan coordinators of ministries with people with disabilities. Publications include a newsletter, NCPD National Update, a bi-montly E-NEWS, and resources on church and disability issues for dioceses and parishes.

Keywords: Disabilities, Religious organizations

Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics (PRC)

Annotation: The Park Ridge Center for the Study of Health, Faith, and Ethics is an independent not-for-profit organization supported by grants, foundations, and private and corporate contributors. The center explores the relationship between religious beliefs and health-related issues in collaboration with representatives from diverse cultures, religious communities, health care fields, and academic disciplines. Services provided to consumers include referrals, publications, and reference information. Some materials are available in Spanish, French, and Asian languages. The center also publishes a bulletin and a catalog and sponsors workshops.

Keywords: Bioethics, Ethics, Faith, Health, Information services, Religion, Religious organizations

Religious Institute

Annotation: The Religious Institute develops and supports a network of clergy, religious educators, theologians, theological ethicists, and other religious leaders committed to promoting sexual justice in the faith community and society. It promotes the goals and vision of the Religious Declaration. It is an ecumenical, interfaith organization dedicated to advocating for sexual health, education and justice in faith communities and society. The institute works to build the capacity of religious institutions and clergy to offer sexuality education within the context of their own faith traditions and to advocate for sexual rights. It also strives to help congregations become sexually healthy faith communities and to educate the public and policy makers about sexual justice issues. Areas of focus include reproductive justice; inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexual, and transgender people; abuse prevention; religious leader preparation; and international issues. The Institute provides technical assistance to faith communities and sexual and reproductive health organizations and publishes a newsletter, research reports, congressional guidebooks, and books for general audiences on sexual justice issues.

Keywords: Moral values, Civil rights, Clergy, Ethics, Marriage, Religion, Religious organizations, Reproductive rights, Sexuality, Sexuality education

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCC)

Annotation: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops sponsors conferences and training seminars and publishes a newsletter. Some materials are available in Spanish.

Keywords: Clergy, Religious organizations


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.