Church and community partners for health education

Ascension SE Michigan Community Health and faith-based partners deliver health and wellness programs to people at their church or community center

Faith and wellness partners in Michigan


Call: 248-849-5714

At Ascension Southeast Michigan Community Health, we work with churches to deliver care to adults with chronic illnesses. Our partnership connects church and community members with healthcare services, preventive health education, grief sharing and outreach for those unable to leave their homes. We also work with local loaner closets, food pantries and mailbox ministries. Parish nurses and community partners listen to understand your health concerns. Then, we work together to deliver the care that’s right for you.

Bridges to HOPE (Helping Others Prosper through Empowerment)

Bridges to HOPE helps you to build a more successful future. We connect you to community resources and offer workshops to help further your education, get stable housing and find employment opportunities. For every session you attend, you receive a cash stipend and a meal at no charge. If you have trouble attending the program because you do not have a car, we can provide a bus ticket. Our workshops are held twice a week (two-hours each session) for eight weeks.

Exercise classes and self-management programs for chronic health conditions

When you have an ongoing health issue, educating yourself about your disease and finding a way to stay active is important. Our wellness centers and community partnerships offer classes to help you understand your disease and improve your health. Workshops and classes include:

  • Diabetes PATH – A seven-week workshop for individuals with diabetes, focusing on self-management of your diabetes care. Program meets the criteria for American Diabetes Association’s Diabetes Support Initiative.
  • Exercise classes - Offered twice a week, you may join a walking and marching class or Chair Yoga.
  • Healthy Habits - A three-week workshop that discusses nutrition, meal planning, stress management, exercise and other healthy habits.
  • Health seminars - A doctor-led lecture on current medical conditions, treatments or procedures.
  • Kidney PATH - A nine-week workshop designed for individuals with chronic kidney disease. Sessions focus on kidney health and healthy living.
  • Matter of Balance – An eight-week program to help improve strength, coordination and balance problems.
  • PATH (for chronic illness) – Developed at Stanford University, a six-week education and support program for people with chronic illness. Get information on coping mechanisms and how to manage symptoms.
  • PATH Pain - A seven-week workshop to help you manage your chronic pain and live a healthier life.

To learn more about our wellness classes, please call 248-849-5714.