The Tri-Parish Health Ministry (TPHM) is comprised of representatives from each of the Columbia parishes who are members of an existing Health Ministry committee or are interested in exploring issues of faith and health within their parishes. It is hoped that through this collaboration, valuable resources can be shared.
The focus of the TPHM is on “wholistic” care. The term was first advocated by the Rev. Dr. Granger Westberg, to relate the term to wholeness and avoid confusion with the holistic, which often connotes non-religious alternative health care practices. Wholistic care focuses on mind, body, and spirit.
The primary focus is education of parishioners about health topics. Programs sponsored thus far include Walk to Jerusalem; Walk to Bethlehem; Day of Wellness; End of Life; First Aid/CPR/AED; Mental Health First Aid; Intruder/Active Shooter; and the Process of Grief.
Members of the team also attend the meetings (4 per year) of the Diocesan Faith Based Health Ministry Network, a program of Catholic Charities of Central and Northern Missouri.
The TPHM meets monthly and new members are always welcome.