The Support Navigator team at Healthy365 work with our local residents to connect them to resources for mind, body, and spiritual wellness. Working specifically with our Congregational Network, Support Navigator Laura Baker enjoys helping others get an “extra layer of love” that they may need to make it through life’s struggles. Her love for Hancock County and its residents is obvious as soon as you meet her, and we’re excited to share more about Laura and her role below.
Experience in Social Services
Laura has worked in a variety of social services roles over the last 22 years, including her previous position as a family support worker at Healthy Families. She also volunteers with her church’s Mental Health ministry, where she has seen many lives changed through the benefit of a loving church family. This made her a perfect fit to work as a Support Navigator with our Congregational Network.
“About three years ago, I was approached with an open position as the Congregational Network Navigator,” said Laura. “I was excited to interview as I really value whole-body health. Healthy365 was doing so many things in the community that fit what I feel like is my mission in life.”
Forming the Congregational Network
The Hancock County Congregational Network was formed after seeing one firsthand in Memphis. As Laura explains, “It really offers that extra layer of love when it comes to spiritual health. It was first developed in our community because Chaplain Russ Jarvis and other key people went to a conference and saw one in action.”
In Memphis, conference attendees were able to see the mobilization of local churches to bring education and support to their congregations, allowing people to be their healthiest selves. In addition, the hospital and church collaborated to support the community and reach out to support people’s needs at home. “Although we think of people being healthy because we have great healthcare and necessary medications, the biggest social determinant on how healthy they are is actually the community support they have.”
A Passion for Whole-Body Wellness
“My favorite thing about being a Support Navigator is that I’m able to walk alongside people to help them get support and an extra layer of love that they need to be the healthiest they can be, others of been there for me, and now I am there for others,” said Laura. Her passion for a whole-body approach to wellness encompasses spiritual, mental, and physical elements. Her certification in personal training, community health work, biblical counseling and advance Mind-Body medicine training provides this full circle of support to others
Working Together in Hancock County
One of the things that Laura loves most about Hancock County are the systems of care to support our local residents. “So many different people come together,” said Laura. “Every school district is represented, the sheriff’s department, the police department, judges, every healthcare agency, counselors, faith communities, private practices, and community members put their heads and hearts together to figure out how we can help.
“I love that we’re always working together to ensure people are getting the support and encouragement they need so they can be their best selves.”
And now for our Super Staff Series rapid-fire questions:
If you were a superhero, what superpower would you have?
“To read people’s minds.”
What is your favorite Indiana season and why?
“It’s hard to pick just one… any season where the sun is shining. I just enjoy warmth and sunshine but I think all seasons have something positive to offer.”
What is your favorite way to kick-off a Monday?
“Every Monday morning I work out. I’ve never missed a Monday and it helps my brain function better.”
What’s your most recent favorite read or movie?
“The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma by Dr. James S. Gordon.”