Professor of Health Ministries and Nursing
At North Park since:
As a faculty member in both North Park University’s School of Nursing and Theological Seminary, Mary Chase-Ziolek appreciates the opportunity to integrate her faith in her work and to make connections between faith and health. In one graduate nursing course on population-based health, her class considers the role of faith communities as partners to improve neighborhood health as well as the influence of religion on individual health behaviors.
She also enjoys her colleagues and the diversity of the student body. “Students considering the School of Nursing should know that they will learn with a diverse group of students in a personal environment supported by the philosophy of caring that guides the nursing program,” she says. Professor Chase-Ziolek further builds on the diversity in her classroom by incorporating a multicultural approach to her courses. “I intentionally try to bring in different cultural voices in readings and draw on the diverse cultural experiences of students,” she says.
Her students regularly make use of Chicago in different ways. Graduate nursing students are involved in a population assessment and project that engages them with particular neighborhoods or suburbs. Recently, students worked with a local hospital on their community needs assessment project to identify priorities for improving community health. She also invites local speakers to class. In her Population-Based Healthcare class, she brought in the author of a text used in the course who works at the Sinai Urban Health Institute in Chicago. She has also invited seminary students to talk with a class about issues of health and social inequity from their different perspectives.
Professor Chase-Ziolek's professional experience has focused on faith and health ministries since 1991, when she served as the coordinator of geriatric health ministry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. In this position, she developed and ecumenical, multiethnic network of congregations involved in health promotion. Professor Chase-Ziolek has also managed several clinics and work for community organizations that include the Japanese American Service Committee and the Counsel for Jewish Elderly.
She has published articles in numerous nursing and theological education journals, including Journal of Community Health Nursing, Journal of Christian Nursing, Public Health Nursing, Transcultural Nursing, Ex Auditu, Theological Education, and Teaching Theology and Religion. She is a frequent speaker on topics related to faith and health, and her book, Health, Healing, and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health, was published in 2005.
She is a member of American Public Health Association, Christian Community Health Fellowship, Health Ministries Association, and Sigma Theta Tau. She serves on the advisory board for the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation.
- PhD, Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
- MS, Public Health Nursing, University of Illinois-Chicago
- BS, Nursing, Rush University
- BA, Anthropology, Beloit College
- AA, Liberal Arts,Simon’s Rock College