Associations & Organizations

Below is a selected list of national and Maryland health organizations. Listed under Faith-Based are organizations specifically interested in health as it relates to spirituality such as the Health Ministrires Association.  Listed under General are associations that represent nursing in general such as the American Nurses Association.


  • Health Ministries Association (HMA)
    The mission of the HMA is to encourage, support, and develop whole-person ministries leading to the integration of faith and health. This site provides the on-line reading “Parish Nursing – A New, Yet Old Model of Care.” Additional site features include information to assist in the planning and development of health ministries and parish nursing within communities of faith, and general recommendations on ways to find health information (where to start, what agencies to contact, etc.).
  • The International Parish Nurse Resource Center
    The Resource Center was developed at Lutheran General Health System in 1986 and transferred to Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries in St. Louis, Missouri in 2002. The mission of the Center is to promote the development of quality parish nurse programs through research, education, and consultation. Information is available on publications, educational programs, and consultation opportunities. This site also includes a link to their resource catalog for ordering educational materials
  • Nurses Christian Fellowship (NCF)
    This organization serves as a local, regional, national and international network for Christian nursing professionals and students. This site provides information on local NCF groups and contacts, conferences, and NCF resources, including ordering information for the Journal of Christian Nursing and other parish nursing publications.
  • Bon Secours Faith Community Health Ministry
    Partnering with professional nurses, health ministers and faith communities this ministry extends the healing ministry of  faith community nursing through promotion of whole-person health often acting as health educators, personal health counselors, referral agents, support group leaders, health advocates, volunteer coordinators, and advocates for social justice.
  • Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA)
    CHA is the national leadership organization representing the Catholic health ministry. CHA’s more than 2,000 members form the nation’s largest group of not-for-profit Catholic health care systems, sponsors, facilities, health plans, and related organizations. This site provides directories to Catholic health care organizations, news resources, information on long-term care, and Internet links.
  • The Center for Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
    The mission of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) is to create an environment within the Department (HHS) that welcomes the participation of faith-based and community-based organizations as valued and essential partners assisting Americans in need. The Center supplies information and training, but it does not make the decisions about which groups will be funded.
  • United Methodist Association of Health and Welfare Ministries (UMA)
    UMA is a national association of United Methodist related ministries and individual professionals concerned about quality health care in a church related setting. The site provides links to information on the programs and services offered by UMA, including the ResourCenter, which offers audio, video, and printed educational resources for staff and governance boards.
  • The Mennonite Nurses Association (MNA)
    This organization is dedicated to the promotion of nursing and the provision of support for Christian nurses within the Anabaptist tradition. This site provides information on the Association’s objectives, membership, MNA publications, projects, and annual meetings.
  • Council for Health and Human Service Ministries, United Church of Christ
    This association is made up of health and human service organizations and programs recognized as an expression of the ministry and mission of the United Church of Christ. This site provides access to the group’s newsletter, ecumenical links, a searchable database of member ministries, publications listings, and information on leadership development programs.
  • LCMS Health Ministries
    From the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, the site provides resources to encourage wellness among professional church workers. This site features the full-text of several health ministries newsletters, monthly health promotion themes, and the LCMS “Congregational Health Ministries/Parish Nursing Manual.” Click on Congregational Health Ministry/Parish Nursing for brief overviews of congregational health ministry and parish nursing, information on standards of care, a listing of suggested readings, organizations, and links to additional information from LCMS.


  • The American Nurses Association (ANA)
    The ANA is a professional organization representing the nation’s Registered Nurses. ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. This site provides information on topics such as membership, publications, educational opportunities, grants, credentialing, local contacts, and links to nursing resources.
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
    The mission of the NLN is to advance quality nursing education that prepares the nursing workforce to meet the needs of diverse populations in an ever-changing health care environment. This site provides the latest news in nursing education, conference information, information on NLN continuing education programs, on-line nursing assessment tests, and overviews of trends in nursing education.
  • National Student Nurses’ Association (NSNA)
    NSNA is a membership organization representing students in ADN, Diploma, Baccalaureate, generic Masters and generic Doctoral programs preparing students for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as RNs in BSN completion programs.
  • The Maryland Nurses Association (MNA)
    This is the only statewide, nonprofit, multipurpose professional Membership organization for registered nurses in Maryland. This site provides information on membership, contacts, legislation, and conventions. Visit the Web site for District 5 of the Maryland Nurses Association for local information on Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, including the MNA 5 Nurse newsletter.
  • The American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA)
    This is a nonprofit educational organization whose membership is open to nurses and other individuals interested in holistically-oriented health care practices. AHNA supports the concepts of holism: a state of harmony among body, mind, emotions and spirit within an ever-changing environment. The site includes information on educational opportunities, publications, upcoming events, and links to other related Web sites.
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