Global Ministries

The United Methodist Church

Connecting the Church in Mission

U.S. Health Programs

Program Goal: The US Health Programs supports efforts is to build capacity and implement health ministries that address congregational and community health needs within the context of the United States of America.

US program components

The US Health programs supports
1. Congregational health projects
2. Harry R. Kendall Project
3. Harry R. Kendall Leadership Development Scholarships
4. Hispanic Leadership Development Scholarship
5. Nutrition Projects
6. HIV projects
7. Deaf and Disability Ministries

Congregational Health

Grants are provided to support capacity building and training for health ministries, it also supports start up or expansion of congregational health ministries.

Harry R. Kendall Project Grants

Harry R. Kendall was the co-owner and founder of Washington National Life Insurance Company, in Evanston, Illinois. Harry R. Kendall Project Grants support programs that provide preventative, therapeutic, and rehabilitative services & permanent housing for vulnerable African-American or Caucasian-American elderly and/or vulnerable African-American children. Funds are awarded upon recommendation of the Harry R. Kendall Committee and approval of the Board of Directors. Projects must be within the US.


Harry R. Kendall Leadership Development Scholarships

Harry R. Kendall Leadership Development Scholarship provides funding to support individuals of African American descent. The scholarship award aids with tuition and academic expenses for students pursuing studies in health-related fields. Applicants must have a commitment to a career in health as well as solid extracurricular and community service activities.

Hispanic Leadership Development Scholarship

Harry R. Kendall Leadership Development Scholarship provides funding to support individuals of Hispanic descent. The scholarship award aids with tuition and academic expenses for students pursuing studies in health-related fields. Applicants must have a commitment to a career in health as well as solid extracurricular and community service activities.

Nutrition Projects

The nutrition project support projects that remove barriers to healthy nutrition caused by
• lack of access, availability, affordability,
• lack of education and other social factors, through community-based programs.
The Global Health Unit provides nutrition project grants to faith based partners to plan and implement local, culturally appropriate programs to promote healthy eating among low income and vulnerable communities in the United States.

HIV grants

Approximately 1.2 million people, aged 13 and older in the United States are living with HIV infection with 1 in 8 unaware of their infections. HIV grants support faith-based partners to plan and implement local, culturally appropriate and innovative HIV programs in at risk populations in the US. These programs are expected to help increase awareness of HIV risk and increase access to HIV prevention strategies including condoms, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and HIV testing in vulnerable communities.

Substance Abuse Prevention

Delaying the age of first use of alcohol and drugs is a key goal of prevention. Factors such as positive youth development, engaged parenting and strengthened family bonds, can aid in delaying adolescents' experimentation with drugs and alcohol thereby reducing detrimental effects on physical and mental health, academic achievement, economic stability.

The Global Health Unit works with United Methodist partners to coordinate a global response to drug and alcohol abuse and dependency. We provide grants to partners seeking to offer informed, compassionate and evidence-based responses to the needs of individuals and families at risk of or impacted by to drug and alcohol abuse.


Deaf and Disability Ministries


Grants supports The United Methodist Committee on Deaf and Hard of Hearing in their efforts to equip and advocate for effective communication and leadership among the diverse deaf community. Grants support deaf communities to engage in ministry with United Methodist churches, support technologies for communication as well as training deaf and deaf ministry leaders who can attract Christian growth among deaf communities.
Gifts to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Ministries Advance #982562 support this work.

DisAbility Ministry


The DisAbility Ministries Committee of the United Methodist Church, through advocacy, education and empowerment, leads the UMC in creating a culture where people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of worship, leadership and ministry. The Committee offers resources including a web site with many articles and downloadable tools, a newsletter, and consultation. Ten jurisdictional members and liaisons from related agencies lead this effort.
Gifts to Disability Ministry Advance #3021054 support this ministry

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Contact Information

Sabrina Rodgers, MPH, BSN, BSBA
US Health Program Manager
Global Health Unit
srodgers@umcmission.org 

Resources

13 Factors That Influence Clergy Health (pdf)

2015 Clergy Health Survey Report (pdf)

Health Ministry for United Methodist Clergy and Congregations booklet (pdf)

Healthy You, Healthy UMC brochure (pdf)

50 ways for pastor health and wellness (pdf)

UMC Health Ministry Network

Center for Health Information

U.S. Health Forum Summary (pdf)