Central Hillside Parish Nurse Program
The Central Hillside Parish Nurse Program is a unique, collaborative relationship among three neighborhood churches to provide parish nursing services to residents in Duluth’s lowest income neighborhood. The churches involved include Gloria Dei Lutheran, St. Mark African American Methodist Episcopal, and St. Mary’s Star of the Sea (Roman Catholic).
Mission Statement: Inspired by the goal of improving the overall health status of the Central Hillside Community, the Central Hillside Parish Nurse serves each of the congregations in supporting and strengthening the church’s healing ministry to the church members and the broader community. The nurse embraces a holistic concept of health which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. The focus of this ministry is on meeting basic human and health needs, health education, health maintenance, illness prevention, and spiritual growth. Working within a diverse community, the parish nurse practices in a manner which is respectful and supportive of cultural and religious beliefs.
The Central Hillside Parish Nurse Program is designed to support and strengthen the churches’ healing ministry to its members and the broader community. The Parish Nurse and the health ministry team bring health services directly to neighborhood residents and their places of worship, in their homes, and at neighborhood gathering places. Support is provided by St. Mary’s / Essentia Health. The Central Hillside Parish Nurse Steering Committee, composed of representatives from the three churches and Essentia staff, provides oversight.