Healthy and Whole

By Brynn Foster

According to the healthcare curriculum of the Institute for Global Outreach Developments International, everyone is a healthcare worker. Every community participant is responsible for their personal health and its impact on their activities. Everyone receives primary healthcare education concerning first aid, wound care, and treatment and prevention of common diseases.  Additionally, there are some participants who are committed to gaining the education and experiences necessary to be experts and specialists in various aspects of healthcare in order to provide medical services and promote health through education, both in Antioch and abroad. The summer months provide an important opportunity for our healthcare workers to maintain and improve their ability to perform basic and advanced healthcare skills through continued education and practical experience.

Participants in our community are both recipients of and participants in holistic health education. Throughout June, Gregg Garner taught a ‘back to the basics’ bible course on psychological healing from Jesus’ sermon on the mount. The content of these teachings has helped to bring health to people’s relationships. Julie Cox and Nick Moore took a 5-week course to receive their Nurse Assistant certification. As certified nurse assistants, they have the opportunity to work in a hospital, long-term care facility, or home health setting providing care for sick, disabled and elderly people. Regarding her experience, Julie says, “Taking the course was about more than getting a job. I gained skills and confidence to be able to take care of people in need.”

Cadle Edwards, Grace Aaseby and Jaimee Arroyo are taking a family herbalist course, an initial study of holistic nutrition, preventative healthcare, herbs, and topics related to the basic health and wellbeing of children and families. Concerning the program, Cadle says, “My hope is to broaden my knowledge on how to feed and care for families in a way that keeps them healthier, as well as being able to address common minor sicknesses. The course focuses on the ‘terrain theory’, which promotes the maintenance of a healthy terrain (immune system and overall health), so that when people do encounter various degrees of illness, their bodies are better able to respond to the sickness and heal efficiently.” Regarding her intentions, Grace says, “I hope to empower mothers (the family’s ‘physician’) to be able to take care of their families in as many ways as possible through the nutrition their backyards can offer.”

While abroad, Robert Munoz continues to study toward his Master of Public Health. Jaimee Arroyo, a registered nurse, prepares to instruct her first course at the Institute for G.O.D. Int’l this fall, Introduction to Primary Healthcare. Plans are underway for the healthcare students in Antioch to volunteer at a local medical clinic and visit a local hospital emergency room and critical care unit to gain exposure to clinical medicine.

We believe that treatment is most effective when it is administered with preventative education. We seek to be healthy, whole people, and to bring health and wholeness to our friends worldwide. Our time in Antioch is both part of our training and our practice, as we learn from and care for our neighbors in the greater Nashville area.