Our lives are journeys, ones that we take with families, friends and community. UPMC Central Pa. knows that a faith community or congregation is an important part of your life. We also know that 70% of our patients belong to a faith community or congregation in Central Pennsylvania. With these two things in mind, the Faith Community Health Connection (FCHC) was formed.
The FCHC is a partnership between faith communities, congregations, the health care system and the community. By networking with these partners, the FCHC works to improve the health of all in our region.
As part of life’s journey, at some point most of us are diagnosed with a medical condition. It can be an overwhelming experience. Our faith community can continue to add to and support our lives in these times and help identify the questions and find the answers.
As a partner with UPMC Central Pa. and other FCHC partners, you have a network of health support. As a member of your faith community and as a member of the FCHC, you have access to a wealth of support on issues such as preventive medicine and follow-up care. The FCHC works with faith communities to visit congregations to educate and provide a supportive network to help you as a member navigate the health system. Trained leaders from your faith community and at UPMC Central Pa. can help:
Your faith community appoints a Liaison to help members’ access resources. This Liaison works closely with a FCHC Navigator, who is an employee of UPMC Central Pa.. These two persons work together to answer your questions, build on your strengths, schedule educational outreach for your congregation, and provide support and follow-up care should you need to go to the hospital. If you need to be admitted to a UPMC Central Pa. hospital, upon admission you will be asked if you are a member of the FCHC and if you would like your faith community to be part of your care. With your permission, the Liaison can:
Navigators and Liaisons will work together to develop education and training through the FCHC in a variety of areas such as Hospital Visitation Training, Care for the Dying, and for specific diseases and other needs defined by the congregations.
The FCHC has been a collaboration of the Spiritual Care Services and the Community Health Navigation Network. If you are a congregational leader who would like to find out more about FCHC, please contact:
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