This page offers resources and observations about a variety of health-related pastoral care issues for clergy, congregations, and families. If you have any suggestions for content on this site, or would like to contribute we’d love to hear from you either by commenting below or emailing the network at health@georgiaepiscopal.org.

Care for the Troops: Troops returning from deployment and their families face unique challenges including mental health issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other effects of deployment and prolonged separation from friends and family. Care for the Troops provides a wealth of information on these and other issues as well as specialized training for mental health professionals in this area. Learn more about them here.

Caring Bridge: When families are confronted with a health crisis communication and support are important. Caringbridge.org offers free, private web sites for families undergoing a health challenge. It offers families and the patient an opportunity to communicate with friends and family for support and encouragement. Information on Caring Bridge for congregations to distribute to members can be found here.

My ICU Care website: This is an excellent resource for families of a patient in a critical care unit developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine. It contains information about what to expect in an ICU, family support brochures on various topics including decisions on life support, palliative care, and end-of-life care, and others. The main page is available here. Clinicians can find the SCCM’s Clinical Practice Guidelines for Family Support in the ICU here.

Prescription Assistance Programs: Being able to afford prescriptions can be a challenge to people without health insurance, high deductible health plans and MSA’s, as well as non-covered drugs under Medicare Part D plans. Here are two good resources that can help. The The Partnership for Prescription Assistance helps qualifying patients without prescription drug coverage get the medicines they need through the program that is right for them. Many will get their medications free or nearly free. The PPA can be found here. The Georgia Drug Card, available here, is a drug discount program for patients without drug benefits or who have large deductibles or similar circumstances. This program has a “lowest price” feature that provides cardholders the lowest plan price on prescriptions at participating pharmacies. The card is free and there are no income limits or other qualification criteria. These are worthwhile sites for use in pastoral care, patient advocacy, and parish nurse programs.