New England Conference Abundant Health Survey

The New England Conference has accepted the challenge to join in the denomination’s global initiative, “Abundant Health: Our Promise to Children.” The health initiative that was kicked off at the 2016 General Conference by the General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM) builds on the success of Imagine No Malaria.

Abundant Health makes five promises to children:
-  to ensure safe births,
-  promote breastfeeding and nutrition,
-  prevent childhood killer diseases,
-  encourage treatment-seeking behaviors and
-  provide treatment and lifesaving commodities.

The goal of reaching 1 million children with lifesaving interventions by 2020 is focused on communities, primarily in Africa, with high child mortality rates from preventable causes.

So where do our churches play a part?  GBGM stressed that U.S. churches also play an important role and urged “…as many churches as possible to help us participate in global health work" and “...to bring better health to people in every place, from our own backyards to around the world.”

The goal is to engage at least 10,000 U.S. churches in promoting physical activity, healthy diet and nutrition, education for tobacco- and drug-free living, and mental health education.

So, we ask you:

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* 1. Does your church already have a focus that fits into the Abundant Health initiative?

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* 2. Are you aware of or using the Abundant Health resources?

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* 3. Has your church planned any Abundant Health events?

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* 5. Has/have the event(s) attracted people who don’t normally attend worship services?

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* 6. What other resources might be helpful?  (Such as examples of other churches' activities or programs that have worked)

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* 7. Has the Opioid crisis affected your congregation?

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* 8. If your church has a ministry addressing the Opioid crisis, would your church be willing to share what it is doing, how it is helping, with whom you are partnering and what resources have been helpful?

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* 9. Who is the best Abundant Health contact at your church

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