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The Church Health Center seeks to reclaim the Church's biblical commitment to care for our bodies and our spirits. Our ministries provide healthcare for the poor & promote healthy bodies and spirits for all.Dr. Scott Morris, a family practice physician and ordained United Methodist minister, founded the Church Health Center in 1987 to provide quality, affordable healthcare for working uninsured people and their families. At the time, there were 27 million uninsured Americans. Today, there are more than 46 million. Thanks to a broad base of financial support from the faith community, as well as the volunteer help of doctors, nurses, dentists and others, the Church Health Center Clinic has grown to become the largest of its type in the country. Currently, we care for 45,000 patients of record without relying on government funding.
But healthcare is about more than just prescribing pills. We at the Church Health Center believe we have a responsibility to take care of the bodies God has given us, so we put a dollar into prevention for every dollar we use to treat patients. Our Hope & Healing wellness ministry offers everything from personalized exercise plans and cooking classes to group exercise classes and activities for children and teens. Hope & Healing is open to the entire community with fees charged on a sliding scale based on family size and income. The Church Health Center won the 2003 Innovations in Prevention Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for its Hope & Healing wellness ministry. More than 100,000 member visits were recorded last year.
Our Faith Community Ministries staff offers hope for a healthier life by reaching people where they worship. The Church Health Center provides the support, consultation and education to start or strengthen health ministries in congregations. Since 1988, more than 550 Congregational Health Promoters have been trained to be health leaders within their congregations.
The MEMPHIS Plan is the Church Health Center's employer-sponsored healthcare plan for small business and the self-employed. By relying on donated services from volunteer doctors and area hospitals and laboratories, the MEMPHIS Plan offers uninsured people in lower-wage jobs access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Internships areavailable in organizational areas of aquatics, child life education, health education, clinic, health services research, exercise and movement, wellness, nutrition, integrative health, physical therapy, sports court, and non-profit administration. Memphis, Tennessee, has one of the highest concentrations of people living in poverty in the city. Length of Service: Minimum commitment is one semester (renewal possible). Requirements: A spirit that embraces the mission of the organization and the virtues of kindness, compassion, gentleness, patience, and humility. To qualify for housing the following requirements must be met: desire to live in community with other interns and do the hands-on work of servant ministry; must be at least 18 years old or older and be participating in a full-time internship placement. Married couples are welcome, but we cannot accommodate dependent children, family members, or pets. Financial: Monthly stipend may be available. Housing is offered to full-time interns as it is available. Training: On-the-job training and special training provided as needed; professional development opportunities through Church Health Center. Application deadline: Applications accepted at any time.
- Shelby Grayson
- (901) 272-7170, Ext. 1500
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