Super Staff Series: Support Navigator Laura Baker

Super Staff Series: Support Navigator Laura Baker

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.”

What is the Healthy365 Congregational Network?

What is the Healthy365 Congregational Network?

At Healthy365, we know that religion or spirituality is an important part of many families’ lives in Hancock County. If you count spiritual wellness as part of your journey to health, we’d love to connect you with resources that can support you and your family. Our Healthy365 Congregational Network is one way that you can get help from local churches in times of need and times of health. 

How does the Congregational Network operate?

The Healthy365 Congregational Network is a partnership with churches that are located in Hancock County. Our church partners can help individuals and families who are in need. This may include a stay in the hospital for yourself or a loved one, or a time of need at home. When you work with a Healthy365 Support Navigator to identify connections to local resources, you can indicate whether you would also benefit from help from the Congregational Network. Our longterm goal is to create better healthcare outcomes by allowing all members of our community to be the healthiest they can be. 

What type of resources are offered?

Our congregational network strives to provide person-centered care for community members from a faith-based perspective. Support from a church partner may include a visit to your home, a homemade meal, shared prayer, or navigation to further resources. Our Support Navigators also partner with participating churches to offer educational classes for their congregations and the community at large to improve health and wellness.

What are the benefits of spiritual wellness?

At Healthy365, we are dedicated to providing support for your overall wellness journey, in mind, body, and spirit. We work with Hancock County residents of all ages to ensure that their physical, emotional, behavioral and spiritual needs are met. When one area of your wellness is suffering, it may cause other areas to start to suffer as well. For those who find spirituality to be an important part of their daily life, the Congregational Network can help nurture that aspect of your wellness to improve your overall health.

Which churches are involved in the Congregational Network?

As of this publication, there are 29 local Hancock County churches that have made a covenant to partner with Healthy365, offering spiritual care to clients and congregation members. We are proud that our local community is dedicated to removing barriers to care and is willing to support all areas of individual wellness – mind, body and spirit.

If you are in need of spiritual wellness support or would like for your church to join the Congregational Network contact our Congregational Network Navigator, Laura Baker, at lbaker2@hancockregional.org or (317) 468-4231.

Amity United Methodist Church

Bradley United Methodist Church

Brandywine Community Church

Calvary Baptist Church

Carrollton United Methodist Church

Christ Fellowship Church of Knightstown

Community Christian Church- New Palestine

Cross of Grace Lutheran

Curry’s Chapel United Methodist Church

Faith Lutheran

Fortville Church of Nazarene

Greenfield Christian Church

Greenfield Church of Christ

Havens of Hope

Knightstown Christian Church

Mohawk United Methodist Church

Morristown United Methodist Church

Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church

New Palestine Christian Church

New Palestine Bible

Otterbein United Methodist Church

Park Chapel Christian Church

Realife Church

St Michael Catholic Church

St. James Lutheran Church

Trinity Park United Methodist Church

Sugar Creek Baptist Church

Vineyard Community Church of Mt. Comfort

Zion Lutheran Church