June 2018  Issue No. 31

HCCN & SCA Release Evidence-Based White Paper for Collaboration Between Social Workers and Chaplains
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and its affiliate, the Spiritual Care Association (SCA) have released their newest white paper on the integration of spiritual care for the role of a social worker in the medical field entitled "Spiritual Care and Social Work:  Integration into Practice."

Palliative Care
Providence St. Joseph Rolls Out New End-of-Life Initiatives
The Renton, Wash.-based health system is offering a new advanced directive online toolkit-available in multiple languages and tailored for each of the seven states where the health system operates-that helps patients choose what type of end-of-life care they want, accessible through Providence St. Joseph's electronic health record. (Modern Healthcare)


Younger Adults Are Less Religious, and Not Only in the US 
A new study by the Pew Research Center looks at religious feelings among older and younger adults. (Religion News Service)

Health Report

Exercise vs. Standing? You Probably Need to Do Both
Moderate exercise does different things to the body than incidental activities like standing up. (The New York Times)

Good Reads

One Thing You'll Find in the Obits of Many Long-Living People

A new report finds that people with a religious affiliation live up to 4 years longer than those with no ties to religion. (Science Daily)

School Chaplains Legal Challenge Argues Program is Discriminatory

Tribunal asked to rule that applicants for chaplain positions not be ruled out based on religion. (The Guardian)

The Excellence in Spiritual Care Award from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network is a prestigious recognition of excellence in spiritual care in your organization.
Assess - begin with HCCN's self-assessment tool to help determine your organization's strengths and weaknesses 
Assist - work with HCCN's experts on strategies for improving the provision of spiritual care 
Award - if achieved, increases the visibility of your spiritual care department, celebrates the service of chaplains and signifies that your
organization is committed to addressing your patients' spiritual and religious needs through the best practices in spiritual care 

~ Assists in more fully integrating chaplaincy services into your overall health care delivery 

~ Helps insure your compliance with the Joint Commission's standards as they relate to spiritual care 

~ Identifies areas in your spiritual care program in need of improvement 

Provides consultation to achieve goals 

~ Increases the visibility of your spiritual care program within your organization and community 

~ Validates that your organization is committed to identifying and optimally addressing your patients' spiritual and religious needs by a leader in spiritual care

To learn more, contact:
Rev. Brian Hughes
(212) 644-1111 ext. 261