What is the GrapeVine Project?
The GrapeVine Project is a free health education program for women presented by Faith Community/Parish Nurses (FCNs) right in your own community! The Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation partners with FCNs throughout the state by providing them with the most up-to-date tools and educational information about various health topics; and then the nurses share the information with women in their communities by holding free one-hour educational sessions. Sessions can be held in homes, churches, community centers, libraries, and other public locations.
What is a Faith Community/Parish Nurse?
Faith Community/Parish Nursing is a specialty practice recognized by the American Nurses Association. FCNs are registered nurses who work in a faith community to address health issues of its members as well as to those in the broader community. FCNs have also completed courses specifically designed for health ministry. The experienced nurse can help with the assessment of health status, health needs, and collaboration with health agencies. The core principle of this practice is the intentional care of the spirit of those the FCN assists.
Women who attend GrapeVine Project sessions will:
- Increase their knowledge of specific health topics and issues
- Learn about risk factors, symptoms, prevention, and early intervention
- Learn about lifestyle changes to improve their overall health and well-being
- Increase their awareness and improve access to local health resources and services
- Receive helpful and health-conscious gifts at the end of each session