Health Ministries Association (HMA) is support network for people of faith who promote whole-person health through faith groups in the communities they serve. By providing information, guidelines and resources, HMA assists and encourages individuals, called health ministers, as they develop whole person health programs, utilize community resources, and educate others on the interdependent health of body, mind and spirit. A non-profit organization, HMA is inclusive and collaborativečinterfaith, inter-professional, interagency.
HMA membership is open to individuals, faith communities, institutions, and organizations. Since its founding in 1989 as a resource to support parish nurses, HMA's membership has grown to more than 1,300; last year 350 health ministry practitioners attended the 10th annual conference, held in Atlanta, Ga. Currently HMA offers educational and support programs for members called to work as:
HMA is staffed by a part time office manager, located in Atlanta; members of the Board of Directors handle the work of the organization, based on direction coming from bi-annual board meetings, and periodic conference calls. During the last fiscal year, HMA experienced significant conflict and resulting turnover in its volunteer leadership.
Coming out of this experience, the Board of Directors agreed to take a strategic look at the future of HMA. The current challenges facing the organization include:
Against this background the Strategic Planning Committee ("Team") prepared the following strategic plan to:
The Planning Committee consisted of the following members:
Special acknowledgment goes to the Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, Chapter Chairs and key stakeholders for their input and support during this effort. Rechtman Consulting Group facilitated the planning process during the fourth quarter of 1999.
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