Professor Mary Chase-Ziolek enjoys making connections between concepts and people. In teaching Population-based Healthcare for graduate nurses she and her students examine the changing role of hospitals in the health of their communities. In Stewarding Creation: Justice, Food and Health, a class she teaches in the seminary, students relate faith and food and look at how various congregations are living out that connection in their own contexts. In the graduate nursing course on population-based health, Chase-Ziolek’s class considers the role of faith communities as partners to improve neighborhood health as well as the influence of religion on individual health behaviors.
Professor Chase-Ziolek 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. Chase-Ziolek further builds on the diversity in her classroom by incorporating a multicultural approach. “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 as a classroom. 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.
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 an ecumenical, multiethnic network of congregations involved in health promotion. 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.
(Re)Claiming the Church’s Role in Promoting Health: A Practical Framework
Journal of Christian Nursing, 32,(2), 100-107
Journal of Community Health Nursing
Journal of Christian Nursing
Public Health Nursing
Book: Health, Healing, and Wholeness: Engaging Congregations in Ministries of Health, 2005
Chase-Ziolek is an enthusiastic vegetable gardener in her Chicago backyard. A good meal to her is knowing the source of at least half of the food.