Health Leaders Empowered for Comprehensive Health Ministry

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Source: The Health Connection Newsletter | 2nd Quarter 2021

Virtual | Israel Field

Since the pandemic started in 2020, Israel Field (IF) Health Ministry director Oksana Stoyanova, realized people had many questions about accurate health information. This brough immense opportunities for health education and outreach. In collaboration with the GC Health Ministries team, a series of health webinars was planned to equip the health leaders for the Adventist churches in Israel to minister in their church and community. The first webinar was presented by Dr. Katia Reinert, on December 3, 2020 on the topic of “COVID-19: Sorting fact from fiction.” She provided timely principles on how to recognize evidence-based health information and sort through accurate information versus from disinformation. On February 25, 2021, Dr. Torben Bergland and Dr. Reinert shared important information about the mental and behavioral health impact the pandemic has had among youth and adults, while sharing resources for addiction recovery and mental health awareness. The third program in the webinar series took place on April 22, 2021, presented by Dr. Fred Hardinge. He introduced principles of healthy nutrition. A second part webinar on nutrition is scheduled for July 8, 2021 in order to answer nutrition questions from the leaders. “There is a need to share this information with all church members and pastors” said Oksana. “We must take hold of a grace filled approach to health in our mission.”

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