Faith community nursing and health ministry programs in congregations have increasingly been recognized as having a significant impact on the health and well-being of individuals. Based on a case study in Omaha, Nebraska, Transforming Lives: Health Initiatives in Faith Communities documents how nurses and health ministers touch and transform the recipients of their services and the participants in activities they organize. Alexander Rödlach argues that much of their success is due to their ability to collaborate with leadership in congregations and health systems. These programs have the potential to become significant partners with health systems and governments in providing health services to communities.
Alexander Rödlach is associate professor of anthropology, medical humanities, and psychiatry at Creighton University.