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The Seventh-day Adventist Church was formed in this division in 1863, a region home to freedom of speech and religion.

This division is the largest sender of overseas missionaries and short-term volunteers. NAD sent out nearly half of the denomination’s 1,200 volunteers in 2012.

This division is comprised of Bermuda, Canada, Federated States of Micronesia, the French possession of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Guam, Johnston Island, Marshall Islands, Midway Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and the United States of America. There are about 1.1 million Seventh-day Adventist members among a population of 345 million.

The division operates a system of more than 850 elementary and secondary schools and 13 colleges and universities. Key institutions include Andrews University in Michigan, Oakwood University in Alabama, and Loma Linda University in California.

Loma Linda operates a medical school, which throughout the church’s history has produced healthcare professionals and missionaries who have served worldwide. Adventist health principles from this division have been documented to increase longevity, as noted in “National Geographic” magazine, reports from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, and in the book “Blue Zones.”

Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief provides help to Hurricane Florence victims

Adventist Community Services Disaster Relief provides help to Hurricane Florence victims

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Adventist pharmacy workers’ case expected to go to U.S. Supreme Court

Adventist pharmacy workers’ case expected to go to U.S. Supreme Court

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Health system’s name change reinforces wholistic Adventist health message

Health system’s name change reinforces wholistic Adventist health message

United States-based Adventist Health System (AHS) recently announced the organization will change its name to AdventHealth as of January 2019, a transition AHS leaders say connects the health care system closer to the Seventh-day Adventist Church....

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U.S. News & World Report names Loma Linda University Medical Center among best hospitals

U.S. News & World Report names Loma Linda University Medical Center among best hospitals

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Adventist Health System announces plans to become AdventHealth

Adventist Health System announces plans to become AdventHealth

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ADRA Canada responds to Volcano aftermath in Guatemala

ADRA Canada responds to Volcano aftermath in Guatemala

On June 3, 2018, the Fuego Volcano (Volcano of Fire) in Guatemala erupted, causing large amounts of destruction to the surrounding communities. The eruption produced the descent of pyroclastic flows and fiery clouds with temperatures reaching 700...

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